Many factors can cause excess moisture to accumulate inside your home, creating expensive interior repairs, unacceptable comfort levels and even health issues. In order to maintain a healthy home, moisture levels must be controlled. Use these helpful tips when devising your home’s moisture control strategy.
- Ventilation systems in bathrooms and kitchens often are constructed to only remove air, not draw fresh air in. In order to properly control dampness in these high humidity rooms, it is important to install an exhaust fan with a fresh air supply. For added peace of mind consider one which includes HEPA air filtration.
- Mold has been linked to a wide range of health problems. While there are effective over the counter products to remove visible mold and mildew, if it continues to return, there could be excess moisture trapped behind walls, in the ceiling and under floors.
- Foundation cracks, diffusion through porous building materials and a basement which allows standing water, are additional ways moisture may be entering your home.
- Installing a gutter and downspout system so that rainwater is diverted away from the foundation can help control wetness under the residence.
- Adding a protective membrane in a dirt crawl space or atop a concrete slab can reduce water wicking up masonry foundation walls.
- Checking your home’s central air conditioning drain to ensure it is flowing freely away from the foundation can keep water from backing up in and around the HVAC system.
- Depending on the severity of the problem, it may be necessary to install a permanent automatic sump pump or foundation drain to prevent standing water.
- If left untreated, under the house moisture can attract wood boring insects, cause harmful fungus to grow in the insulation and over time saturate wood framing potentially creating structural hazards.
- Depending on where the HVAC system and hot water heater are located, there could be problems if these leak or aren’t installed or insulated properly.
- Don’t overlook the importance of attic ventilation especially during colder months or in homes where bathroom fans vent directly into the space above.
Have a closing scheduled and still can’t get your client’s moisture problem under control? Give Closing Contractor a call today at 864-326-2640 for assistance.