Avoiding moisture problems in the home

  • Household MoistureMoisture is water. Water is great. It quenches thirst, it is pretty to look at, it is the basis of most life forms on Earth. It's probably one of the only chemical formulas that most people know (H2O). Unfortunately, there are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould.

    To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips:

    • Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor, and TV personality, Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at least a half hour after a shower.
    • Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door sills and in crawl spaces, as well as other intakes into the home, such as dryer vents and cable wiring.
    • Determine the humidity level in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it should be 30-60%. (Keep in mind that humidity may vary greatly from room to room.)
    • Regularly inspect caulking around sinks, tubs and showers. Even a tiny break can cause water to leak gradually into the wall or floor, causing damage you may not notice for months.
    • Clean up wet spills as soon as possible. On hardwood floors especially, water can seep through and become trapped. • Repair leaking faucets, toilets and pipes immediately. A drip can quickly become a shower.
    • For consistent moisture or humidity issues, consider purchasing a dehumidifier to maintain a consistent level of moisture in the home. These are great for crawl spaces, as they are known for having constant "dampness" in the air. Being mindful of moisture today can help you avoid potentially high repair bills and/or health issues later on.

    For additional tips and information pertaining to moisture in the home and the growth of mould, please check out the EPA's website for "A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home"