How to spot moisture issues in your home

In your day to day living, you create an abundance of humidity within your home. Moisture can be introduced into your home through cooking, washing, bathing, exercising and more. From your dog's bowl of water to dampness from the soil under your crawl space can introduce moisture into your home.


When a home has too much moisture, it becomes inviting for mold and bugs.  Additionally, moisture in a home can be the leading cause of electronic failure due to corrosion caused by excess humidity.

HERE ARE SOME SIGNS THAT YOUR HOME SUFFERS FROM A HIGH LEVEL OF HUMIDITY:

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CONDENSATION ON THE INSIDE OF YOUR WINDOWS

If your window gets coated in fog and water droplets when it gets cold out, you are dealing with a humidity issue. This is not relegated to old single pane windows as it can happen in brand new builds that have been built to be too 'air tight'.


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MOLD WHETHER VERY MILD OR SEVERE

One of the easiest moisture symptoms to spot. The most common spot you will see little black mold spots form is on your bathroom ceiling.


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MUSTY ODOURS

A mildewy or dank lingering smell is a typical sign of an area that has a lack of good ventilation. Basements are common areas that suffer from this issue.


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YOUR ALLERGIES ARE ACTING UP 

Whether you have prexisting allergies or new ones are popping up, this is a common symptom of living in a moist environment that has mold spores in the air.


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WATER STAINS AND WOOD ROT

These are easy to spot and important to treat and cure the cause of the moisture before the condition escalates and causes more serious damage.



IF YOU OBSERVE ANY OF THESE SYMPTOMS IN YOUR HOME, HERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO REDUCE MOISTURE IN YOUR HOME

First a foremost, you want to ensure that you are diligent about turning on ventilation fans when you are cooking in the kitchen an more importantly when you are showering in the bathroom. Many modern fans have a self timing option which allows for a regular schedule of ventilation which will keep you on a healthy cycle even if you forget to turn it on when you are in a steamy shower.  In the rare instance that your home does not have a ventilation fan in either of these two rooms, you will want to ensure you crack a window for a good period during and after your shower or cooking. It is highly encouraged that you install a fan in these areas for proper ventilation.


Keeping your home at a comfortable room temperature assists in keeping the moisture at bay as warm air has a higher capacity to hold moisture than cold air.  This is especially important in the winter months. Additionally, when it is in the colder season, it is good to ensure that closets that do not have good ventilation or heat sources are not packed too densely. When items are pressed against a particularly cold wall, you may find mold growth when you move these items. Good air flow is always your friend.


If you find yourself in a particularly moist season or region, you may find it helpful to regularly run your air conditioning. The majority of modern air conditioners have a built in dehumidifier that will aid in removing excess moisture from the air. The only draw back to this is that it can be costly to operate during heavy usage.

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