Reduce humidity in your home

Reduce Humidity In Your Home

Summer is unrelenting right now, the temperature is in the high 90’s and humidity is high as well. You’ve probably seen the signs of high humidity in your home already, foggy windows or that musty smell. It’s time to reduce the humidity in your home now before it becomes a problem. It’s simple to do if you follow our easy tips!

Tips to Reduce Humidity In Your Home:

  1. Ventilate: In areas such as the kitchen and bathroom which create a lot of moisture, ensure proper ventilation fans are set up.
  2. Dehumidify: Using dehumidifiers, from small portable to large whole-house dehumidifiers can help to reduce humidity based on your needs.
  3. Insulate: Add waterproof insulation to your water heater, use proper weatherstripping products and caluking around windows and areas of drafts
  4. Waterproof: Waterproofing basement walls, take measures outside the home to point drains away from the home to prevent water collection.

These four basic tips will help you to assess and attempt to control the humidity in your home. Of course, if your humidity problem is an on-going issue it may be too late to take these measures. Increased humidity in the home along with warm temperatures are the perfect condition for mold to grow and proliferate. Reducing the moisture in your home is of most importance this time of year.

If Mold has already found its way into your home, call HNST Mold Inspection today. When we perform a mold inspection, we are looking at all areas of moisture and usually end up suggesting tips to reduce the humidity in your home as well. When you’re informed and educated on the reasons mold develop and moisture accumulates, then you can take better action.

 

Reduce humidity in your home

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Preventing Mold in your Attic

Preventing mold growth and proliferation in your attic is a simple task if the proper time and effort is put into the process. There are two different things that you should check to ensure that your attic is as protected as it can be.

Roof: Check your roof for leaks; some are easy to spot with marked discoloration of the insulation and warping accompanied by discoloration of wood.  Any place that two materials meet such as roof valleys, skylights, chimneys, windows etc. are all susceptible to leaking if not properly joined or sealed. Check around the perimeter of each in your attic and look for signs of leaking. If you find any leaks, take immediate action to handle the situation.

Ventilation: Poor ventilation can cause a moisture problem especially due to two of the most common culprits: improper vapor barrier installation and insulation covering vents. As moisture travels up to the attic from normal everyday activities of cooking and taking showers, it needs to be able to escape. Proper ventilation allows the moisture to escape quickly and not settle in the attic.

Taking the time to do a thorough check of your attics roof and vents is definitely worth it in the long run. If you don’t feel comfortable checking the attic, or find signs of mold growth that you’re not sure how to handle, contact an expert. The sooner that you handle moisture issues or combat existing mold issues the better!