There are number of different sources of moisture in a building. Bathrooms, kitchens, and basements all bring in moisture to some extent. While it is common for moisture to be present, it should remain at a certain level in order to keep the building comfortable and prevent problems from occurring. Too much moisture can cause the growth of mold and mildew which can cause health issues for anyone who spends time in the building. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends maintaining indoor humidity levels between 25 to 50 percent for the most comfort. This also helps to control mold and mildew growth. Here are some tips for controlling moisture in buildings.
Seal Water Sources
Anytime you see a sink, toilet, or other appliance that has water running through it, you want to make sure that it is well sealed. This can help prevent water from going into the walls and causing mold and mildew to grow. Many times, you may not even notice that water is in your walls until you start experiencing health problems from the mold growth or stains start to appear on the walls.
Reduce the Humidity
If you do notice a lot of humidity in an area, you want to reduce it by bringing in a dehumidifier. Check to make sure it is an Energy Certified device to help you save on the extra costs of energy by running it. Peeling paint and condensation on the windows are both signs that the building is too humid.
Insulate the Building
A lack of insulation can cause moisture in a building. It can also increase your cooling and heating costs as you try to get each room comfortable. By adding a better quality insulation, you can reduce heat transfer that causes moisture buildup. This way, you do not have the air from outside getting inside and vice versa.
Increase Air Flow
When a building remains shut off, moisture can remain inside causing a spread of mold and mildew. You will often see this in a basement where there is much less air flow and moisture is present. To keep air flowing throughout the building, try to keep doors in between rooms open. Turning on the ventilation and changing the filters can also help increase air flow.
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