By nothingbutnet, Oct 24 2018 02:29PM
It's important to regulate the amount of moisture in the air in your home, as it can significantly affect your family's health as well as your overall comfort. Here at Mr. Handyman, we can offer useful advice on how to prevent excess moisture and how to remove it.
How Much Moisture is Too Much?
You can buy an affordable hygrometer at your local home improvement or hardware store to measure the levels of moisture in the air in your home. ideally, your home's relative humidity level should be between 30 and 50 percent.
Why does all this matter? It's possible to experience one or more annoying and potentially harmful effects if the humidity levels in your home aren't high enough. Irritated and itching eyes are common, as is dry skin, a scratchy throat and chapped lips. And you may notice static electricity or your hardwood furniture and floors shrinking.
A humidity level that's too high, over 60 percent, can also bring unwanted side symptoms and changes in your home. As well as a musty smell, you may notice mildew and mold, condensation on the windows, evidence of pest infestation and ultimately, a deterioration of your home's structure. Asthma and allergy sufferers will probably notice their symptoms are worse.
Getting Rid Of Humidity
It's important to lower your moisture levels as soon as you notice a higher than normal level. You can avoid damaging your property and putting your family at risk by taking these steps:
Identify the Source Of the Humidity
A humidifier running constantly, a dry vent to the outside of the house or exhaust fans working in the bathroom and kitchen can all cause a higher than normal humidity level. Leaks in the roof, foundation or plumbing system can also cause those levels to increase and your first step should be trying to determine the cause.
Cleaning Up Mold
Get rid of any mold as soon as you see it, to prevent it from spreading through your home. Remove any standing water to prevent mold from forming, by blocking a leak or mopping up standing water.
Moisture often collects in the bathroom, kitchen, basement or laundry room and you can prevent mold by taking these steps:
* Use vent fans when appropriate and make sure the vent is on the exterior of your home.
* Circulate the air in your home by opening windows and doors if the weather allows it.
* Keep air moving with ceiling fans.
* Make sure curtains and furniture aren't blocking any vents.
* Keep your air conditioning unit maintained and use it during the hot months to remove any extra moisture.
Using a Dehumidifier
As long as you empty your dehumidifier regularly, it can be an effective tool in removing excess moisture from your home. In a small space, a desiccant dehumidifier is ideal.
Regulating Your Home's Humidity
Replacing carpets with hard flooring, installing energy efficient double window panes, and inspecting your roof and plumbing systems regularly can all help. If possible, don't have the ground slope towards your home, but away from it.
If you find that you still have problems, there are plenty of handymen out there who can help.