Moisture is one of the hidden enemies of any household. Moisture will seep into the walls, floors and structure beams, and that will cause a lot of damage to your property.
Also high moisture levels eventually lead to the formation of mold. You probably know already what mold is – and one such mold that thrives in moist places is Aspergillus mold, which can induce asthma.
If you want to reduce moisture in your home, here are 5 things you can do.
1. Fix Any Plumbing and Leakage Problem
The main reason moisture starts to appear in your home is because there is water leaking somewhere. An old faucet, a rusty pipe or even a toilet that’s not properly installed can start leaking and that will cause humidity.
A great way you could fix the moisture problem caused by the pipes is to wrap them up in foam insulation tubes. The tubes will keep the moisture from releasing into the air, protecting your home.
Furthermore, roof leaks could also add to the moisture levels of the house, so it’s important to fix them ASAP. Once they’re fixed, you’ll immediately notice an improvement in the quality of the air.
2. Invest in a Dehumidifier
Dehumidifiers are one of the best solutions when dealing with moisture. All you have to do is set the humidity level you want in the room (an ideal level is between 30-50%), and press the Start button. The dehumidifier will remove all the excess moisture and leave you with clean, fresh air.
There are many dehumidifier models on the market, so you can choose one ideal for the space you want. For instance, if your attic gets a lot of humidity, you could opt for a smaller dehumidifier. Or if you want one for the entire house, feel free to pick a bigger one, which has the power to cover a wide area.
Furthermore, some dehumidifiers come with an ionizer, which is ideal if you want to keep the air free of bacteria and dust.
3. Good Ventilation Is Key
When it comes to moisture reduction, an age-old way to keep it at bay is to have good ventilation. If air can freely circulate in your home, we guarantee that humidity will not stick around for long.
The next time you boil water, take a shower, or engage in any kind of activity that will result in a lot of humidity, make sure you open up some windows or use the exhaust fan.
4. Choose the Right Decorative Plants
Although this tip sounds like it came from a home decor magazine, we assure you it’s not. Some house plants have amazing moisture reducing qualities, in addition to producing more oxygen. These plants include: Boston Fern, Peace Lily, English Ivy, Bromeliad and Orchids.
5. Dry Your Laundry Outside
If you constantly hang your laundry to dry inside the house, that could create a lot of moisture. Try to hang your laundry to dry outside whenever possible, even if it will take slightly longer. At least it will keep moisture in your home at bay.
If you don’t want to deal with mold, make sure you control the humidity levels in your house. Follow the tips we listed above, you can ensure a better quality of life for you and your family. If you suspect you have mold growth in your home, Mold Solutions can help you develop an individualized plan that is not only cost-effective, but one that works with your personal timeline.