Reducing Moisture in Your Home
Moisture in your home is one of the more complicated forms of damage your home can go through—and it is one of the more common. Damp spots, foggy windows, and the smell of mildew in a room are signs that water is starting to take over a space inside your home. With that comes the growth of mold, some of which can be very dangerous to your health as well as to the structure of your home. Humidity can also contribute to higher energy bills as you spend more money to cool your home.
What are some of the things you can do to reduce moisture inside your home? The list is actually rather lengthy, but some of the easiest changes you can make that will yield the best results include the following:
- Ventilate your home. Vent fans in the bathroom and kitchen should be installed and used to deliver moisture from the bath and cooking/dishwashing out of the home.
- Reduce the length and temperature of the showers you take. Even if you do have a fan to ventilate the air, opening a window during or after a bath or shower can significantly reduce the accumulation of moisture inside the bathroom.
- Open a window while cooking or while running a dishwasher.
- Run your AC—the AC units (both permanent and portable/window units) pull water from the air as they work.
- Houseplants can markedly increase moisture inside a home—avoid putting too many plants into any one room, and water them according to instructions (do not over-water).
- Carpet retains moisture more than hardwood or vinyl floors. This isn’t an easy fix, but if you are remodeling your home, it’s something to consider.
- Insulating your pipes reduces “sweating” and helps to reduce humidity.
- Install weatherproofing and caulk windows.
- Install French drains in your yard to keep water away from your home’s foundation.
- Make sure your roof is perfectly sealed, not allowing water to leak into your home.
Follow these tips and do your best to keep your home free of mold and mildew (as best you can) to keep your structure secure and your family healthy.
Henry Duckstein Jr.