Learning to control moisture in your home is an essential aspect of the maintenance you should follow to ensure a healthy environment. Several problems can occur to the structure of your property with high humidity or other challenges. Understanding how to identify the signs of trouble is important and should help keep you safe.
Warning Signs of Excess Dampness
Having an environment that’s too damp can slowly cause deterioration and other problems if it isn’t spotted and remedied quickly. Discovering these areas can be done by examining each room and looking for obvious clues.
Checking to see if there is visible condensation on cooler surfaces, such as pipes, mirrors, and windows, will help indicate a wet environment. If you discover condensation, conduct a visual and physical inspection to determine if the surrounding area has moisture spreading to walls or other surfaces.
Inspecting each space’s ceilings to ensure that each area is dry and free of wet stains should also be conducted. If there is any moisture, it can make the area discolored. When doing this inspection, you may want to bring a source of light to illuminate each area. Spotting this problem can be challenging if there are poor lighting conditions.
Look to see if there are any areas where you find peeling paint or have floorboards that creak regularly.
Noticing excessive health issues with you or family members, like chronic coughs, wheezing, allergy symptoms, shortness of breath or severe headaches, are also signs that there may be a need to control moisture in your home.
Check each area of your property for the smell of mildew or mold, which may also have a smoky scent. Before doing this, you may want to go outside for a while and get some fresh air. Doing so can make it easier to smell and detect odors better so that you can pick up faint scents.
Noticing discolored areas or dark spots are also signs of dampness that should be controlled. If you have any surfaces, like shelves, floors or walls, that feel moist, there is likely a moisture problem.
Moisture Problems Can Come From Several Different Places in Your Home
Moisture problems in your home can come from several different places. Some of these problems may include poor drainage, flooding, plumbing leaks or roof leaks. Maintaining a schedule of thorough inspections a pivotal way to ensure that your structure and local environment stay strong and healthy:
Drainage Problems: If you’re having a problem with poor drainage, it may be time to control moisture by either replacing or repairing your current drainage system. Taking this action will also likely include taking a look at your gutters to see how they are operating. If the gutters on your property aren’t functioning correctly, the water flow will probably get stuck and not land in the right areas. Ensuring you’ve got a functional sump pump in place can also be an essential aspect of moisture control.
Sealing Out Dampness: Moist air can come from outer environments and slip through tiny leaks in a basement or crawl space. In many crawl spaces, there is little to no insulation. If there is insulation, it may have excess dampness or mold. Crawl space encapsulation can act as a solution to remedy these problems. It helps seal and waterproof the area, which helps stop excess moisture from rising into other rooms in your house.
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Providing Ventilation: Every room in your home should have proper ventilation. Controlling moisture with exhaust fans is an excellent way to ensure your bathroom and kitchen stay dry and safe from mold and mildew growth. Waterproofing your structure can also be completed by checking to see if you’ve got fresh waterproof caulking around windows and doors. It can also help apply and waterproof sealant to any concrete floors or walls you might have.
Ensuring your property is free of moisture will have long-term benefits and create a healthier environment. If you have inspected your property and noticed any dampness signs, it’s probably best to contact our company. Being proactive and fixing any moisture problems can help save you money in the long run. We’d be happy to answer any questions you might have and thoroughly assess your current situation. Give us a call today to get started.