Preventing Dampness and Mold in Your Home

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Moisture problems are common in homes with some of them resulting from water that is sipping down from roof leakages while others originate from moist air that rises up from the ground and makes its way through openings in walls, ceilings, and floor. When this wet air heats a cold surface, condensation takes place and water droplets drip down the surface. If the surface in question is absorbent like drywall and insulation, the water droplets collect together and buildup over time. Moisture can also be created by indoor activities such as showering and cooking.

Instead of waiting until you start seeing speckles of mold forming below a window seal or you feel soft spots in the floor arising from wood rot, you may find it very expensive to get everything fixed. There are two main ways to take preventive action in such circumstances:

  • Improvement projects that makes the home more moisture-resistant.
  • Daily lifestyle adjustments that can decrease the quantity of moist air which is generated inside your home.

Below are some of the improvement projects you can undertake to ensure dampness and mold become a thing of the past in your home.

Installing a Ground Cover

This is arguably the best preventive measure to help you keep moist air from accumulating under your home. It’s simple to install because all you need is a 6-mil thick polythene sheet which is rolled out in the space inside the skirting. It’s not a must for the ground cover to seal every inch of soil, but rather cover the area in the best way you can.

Ensure the Dryer Exhaust Duct is Firmly Supported

The dryer exhaust duct should slope downhill and be without any sags because water condensation can easily accumulate in these bends. Ensure it is adequately supported along the run and terminate at a rigid exhaust collar on the outside of your skirting. You should always check your duct for buildup of lint.

Seal Openings in Walls, Floors and Ceiling

For smaller cracks around doors and windows, caulking works best. For larger openings, an insulating foam sealant can ensure that no opening is left unattended. Pay particular attention around the base of showers and bathtubs. Spilled water around these areas may leak through the floor.

Do not Close or Cover Floor Registers

In most homes, air from ACs or heaters is distributed via registers in the floor. What this means is that covering these registers with rugs or furniture can cause an imbalance in the system and create cold spots on surfaces in your rooms. This increases the potential for moisture to condense.

In addition to the above measures, you should also check your filters at least on a monthly basis. Clogged filters can easily interfere with your ACs ability to remove moisture from the surrounding air. In hot, humid climates, ensure your thermostat setting is either at or above 75 degrees Fahrenheit during summer.