Issues with moisture within your home may not seem like something that requires immediate attention, but it can have a bigger impact on your house than you might think. The buildup of moisture can cause the growth of mold and mildew and can result in rot. The following are three of the most common home moisture problems that require immediate attention:
- Window condensation " If condensation is forming on your windows during the colder months of the year, it means that the humidity levels in your home are higher than they should be. Odds are, your home's air probably feels heavy and damp as well. A dehumidifier will help get your humidity levels back to normal. However, if you are seeing window condensation during the summer months, it most likely means that warm air is seeping into your home, thereby causing the issues with humidity. In this case, you'll want to seal any air leaks that may be present throughout your home.
- Poor ventilation " Proper ventilation is needed in order to let moisture out of the house. For example, consider the amount of moisture that enters the air when you're cooking in the kitchen or when you are taking a hot shower. Following a shower, odds are your mirrors will be fogged up and the tiles will be covered with moisture. Without proper ventilation, you're likely to begin seeing mold growth in these areas.
- Plumbing condensation " If your home is too humid, it can cause condensation to run off water pipes and toilet tanks. This, in turn, can cause mold and mildew to grow and can also rot out your subfloor. To prevent condensation from forming on your pipes and toilets, you should have them insulated. Of course, this is less likely to be a problem if you can control the humidity levels in your home as well.
These are some of the most common moisture problems found in homes. To ensure that you don't have any moisture problems, you should schedule a moisture detection service.