Moisture Control Tips for Your Home
Do you have mold in your home? What about a musty smell that you can’t seem to get rid of? These are some of the more obvious signs that you need moisture control. However, you may also be in need of moisture control if you or anyone in your home is having a hard time breathing, is having regular headaches, or is getting sick relatively often. After all, the air underneath your home and in your walls is the same air you’re breathing inside. But don’t worry! Check out these moisture control tips to tackle the problem.
- Repair leaks. Check your pipes and around tubs and sinks, as these are prime places to get leaks. If you notice any leaks here, repair them quickly.
- Fix seepage. If you have water in your basement or are noticing any issues when it rains, it’s likely a seepage problem with your gutters or with water flow around your home. Clean out gutters to make sure there’s nothing blocking them and ensure they’re pulling water away from your home. If you notice that the ground around your home does not slope away from it, this could be a larger excavation issue and it may be time to call in the pros.
- Vent outside. Use exhaust fans in your bathrooms and kitchen to make sure moisture is being released outside, never pulled into the attic. Also make sure your dryer is being ventilated outside as well. These changes will help eliminate moisture throughout your home.
- Use dehumidifiers. Especially in hot, humid months (hello, summer in Georgia), a dehumidifier can be your best friend as it will help remove moisture from the air and keep it even cooler.
- Use storm windows. This can help act as insulation and keep moisture out and cold air in. (Bonus: this can also help you save money on air conditioning your home!)
- Keep interior doors open. That means any doors between bedrooms, bathrooms, and other rooms. This can help increase circulation throughout your home.
- Use area rugs. Carpet can absorb moisture, especially on concrete floors. This can cause mold and mildew to grow right in your home and can be very difficult to clean. However, area rugs can easily be removed and cleaned often.
- Use a closed crawl system (or encapsulation). The air underneath your home is the same air you’re breathing inside, so make sure you trust it. A closed crawl system will look different for each home, but can reduce air pollutants and keep your home free from mold and mildew. Plus, a good closed crawl system can even reduce your heating and cooling bills!
Many companies today offer closed crawl systems, but did you know if these systems are improperly installed, this could void your termite contract? That’s where we come in. Never let just anyone tackle your moisture control! We offer the most durable and complete system on the market along with a 25-year warranty on all materials we use.
If you’re tired of moisture issues in your home, give us a call. We’d love to help control these problems and give you better air to breathe in your own home. 706-309-0881