With winter on the way, it’s more important than ever to control moisture intrusion in your home. Winter is one of the wettest seasons, but if you are diligent about controlling moisture, your home can stay comfortable all winter long!
Moisture Problems in Your House
Nobody likes their home to be intruded by moisture, which brings with it a whole range of problems, including mold and mildew growth, wood rot and more. Why do you have excess moisture in the first place? Well, there are a number of things that can expose your home to an unnecessary amount of moisture:
- Roof leaks
- Damp basements and crawlspaces (not properly ventilated)
- Gutters, downspouts and drains that aren’t properly maintained
- Combustion appliances and clothes dryers that aren’t properly ventilated
- Plants that block crawlspaces and drainage systems
- Sewer backups
As you can see, the causes of moisture intrusion are many, but fortunately, most of them can easily be prevented. Even if they can’t be avoided entirely, they are easily fixable!
Home Moisture Control
While there are a large number of things that contribute to excess moisture in your home, there are also a large number of things you can do to control moisture problems:
Use a dehumidifier and make sure you clean it (and your AC) regularly.
Note: Dry winter air can lead to dry skin, chapped lips and other uncomfortable symptoms that humidifiers can help alleviate. Installing a dehumidifier is best only if your humidifier is making your home too humid. During the winter, you want to keep your humidity levels around 30 to 35 percent.
Fix roof leaks or problems with the flashing as soon as possible, even if it means hiring professional roofers! If you live in the Maryland, Washington, DC and Virginia area, Shanco Companies can handle any roofing problems you have.
Make sure your rooms are properly ventilated, especially the basement, attic and, if you have any, crawlspaces. If you have dirt in your crawlspace, it’s also a good idea to cover it with plastic sheeting.
Protect your basement from flooding and moisture intrusion. Repair gaps and cracks in exterior walls, make sure your yard drains properly, install a sump pump (and keep it well maintained), etc.
Don’t plant near drainage systems or crawlspaces!
Increase air circulation by using fans, opening windows, keeping interior doors open, etc.
Use your exhaust fans! Always use them when showering and cooking.
If you need any additional information on how to keep moisture problems in your house under control, contact Shanco today! We can help keep your home dry and comfortable during the cold season.