Moisture leaks and humidity problems can lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can cause a variety of health problems including allergies, asthma and other respiratory conditions. Moisture and humidity can also cause structural damage to your home, such as rot in building materials and the premature failure of paints and finishes; problems that can lead to costly repairs.
You can combat mold and mildew issues. The key is to identify the source and take steps to eliminate it as quickly as possible.
Repair water leaks quickly to minimize the potential for mold growth or structural damage. Here are some potential trouble spots:
If moisture leaks have caused substantial mold growth or structural issues, you may need to consult with a mold-remediation specialist or a contractor experienced in repairing moisture-related damage.
Indoor humidity levels of 30 to 50 percent are ideal, but normal daily activities such as showering, cooking and drying clothes, can raise humidity levels, providing a source of mold and mildew. Here’s how to keep humidity under control:
Your air conditioning system is key to controlling humidity levels during summer. Have your system cleaned and inspected once a year by a qualified professional.
When it comes to moisture and humidity, your basement can be a problem area. Give these tips a dry run:
Contact a basement contractor if you have significant problems with moisture or standing water.