Moisture and mold in the home is a surprisingly common problem. It’s also an underestimated one! You should do all you can to ensure you don’t suffer from this. Check out this guide to help keep you and your family safe.
Why moisture is a problem
When you have a lot of moisture in your home, it creates lots of damp around your house. This damages plaster and paint. This damp provides an area in which harmful bacteria can multiply and thrive. (We refer to this as probiotic; life can breed there. Just not the kind of life you want!)
Mold is one of the most common problems with high interior moisture. Mold sends harmful bacteria into the air which can lead to disease and respiratory problems. Not exactly what a mother needs around her children!
But the damage isn’t just limited to gross green fluff. The damp can also damage the framing of your home, as well as structures like the roof. I’m sure you can figure out how risky that is! There’s the risk that parts of your home could collapse when there’s damage to the integral structure.
What’s causing this problem?
We usually associate newer homes with increased sturdiness and cleanliness. But strangely enough, the newer your home is, the more susceptible it is to this problem! Older buildings tend to leak air more than the newer ones. This means there was less of a difference between the air inside the home and the air outside it. This is bad when it comes to heat insulation, of course. But it also helps keep interior and exterior air at more equal levels of density and heat. When there’s too much of a difference, excessive moisture fills the air!
The biggest contributor to the problem is people. In family homes, there are a lot of people breathing, and that adds more moisture to the air. Of course, reducing the number of people in your home probably isn’t an ideal solution. (Nor is asking that they breathe less!)
So we need to look at other causes. There are other things you do that increases moisture levels. Cleaning, washing, and cooking will do it. This is because of the steam and heat that is produced. The problem will usually first become noticeable in areas where the vapour comes into contact with cooler surfaces. Most people first notice the problem near their windows!
Ridding yourself of the problem
If you have mold, you need to sort it out as soon as possible. Many people will simply scrape and wash the mold off, and possibly repaint the surface. If you’re getting a lot of moisture and mold consistently, then you may need to take some further building measures. Replacement windows and other renovations could help fix the problem. See Lakeside Exteriors for more details.
You may also need to increase the ventilation in your home. Check your home for leaks. Leaks are a sign that the system that is supposed to take water away from your house isn’t working correctly. You also need to look into extractor fans in your bathroom and/or kitchen. If you already have some, make sure they’re working properly Sometimes they can get clogged with dust!