So what is the most common damage behind walls, you ask? Water damage. Water damage, as we are aware, can be caused by roof leaks, window leaks and plumbing leaks. But also, there is "condensation".
Now that winter is just around the corner and the air is beginning to get drier in our homes, so many households are tempted to pull out their humidifier for the season. Although this is helpful for our skin and sinuses, it can be harmful to our homes. Humidifiers can create too much condensation, if not monitored correctly and can lead to other problems such as mold.
Mold spores are everywhere but they need the right amount of moisture to grow. By understanding this, look for signs of too much humidity and possible condensation problems. Some are as follows:
- Excess moisture on the interior of your windows is a huge sign of too much humidity.
- Attic condensation. This can be avoided by making sure you have the proper ventilation.
- Check the corners & walls in basements, especially if you use them rarely. Temperatures will differ from the center of the room compared to the cooler areas near the masonry walls and behind large furniture. Encourage air flow by allowing ample room around your items.
- By properly insulating or wrapping your pipes in your crawl space will prevent pipes from what we hear called "sweating" which is actually condensation. This will invite mold to grow.
- Air exchange throughout your home, no matter what time of the year, is beneficial.
By keeping an eye on excess moisture will keep your home in good condition and your family members safe & healthy.