Water damage is caused by a variety of circumstances. Flooding, appliance malfunctions, sewage backup, and standing water are a few common culprits. Even just one or two damaged sites can cause a host of water damage problems. Common, everyday water damage often occurs because of excess moisture in the home. High humidity levels and condensation slowly weaken the structural elements of your home and can compound into even more water damage. Fortunately, this is preventable. Here are a few steps you can take to reduce moisture levels:
Especially in areas with frequents rainfall, installing storm windows is an easy, effective way to curtail condensation problems. In an area prone to heavy storming, investing in quality windows is critical to preserve the integrity of the structural elements of your home. Not only will these windows reduce condensation, they will help stabilize your heating bill by eliminating chilly air.
Dehumidifiers are a quick fix to reducing your home’s humidity level—especially in the summer months. During the cold season, keep your dehumidifier on a low setting—just enough to keep condensation away. However, during periods of high humidity, turn the knob all the way up. Too much humidity in a home can destabilize structural elements, damage paint, wrinkle flooring, and be the reason for extensive repair. This quick guide can help you while picking out a dehumidifier for your home:
This appliance uses a substance to naturally absorb water in the air (similar to silica gel packets found in electronics). This is best used in environments with low-moderate humidity levels.
Mechanical/ Refrigerant Dehumidifiers:
This works like a fridge or air conditioning unit. Air is sucked into the appliance and passes over a cool metal coil. The coil condenses the airborne mist and traps it in the water tank. This type of dehumidifier is best used in moderate to high humidity levels.
These are smaller dehumidifiers. They are ideal for small spaces like bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets. They are valued for being relatively quiet and efficient.
Ventilation is an important step in eliminating moisture after it has already entered the home. Especially in areas that create moisture, like the kitchen and bathroom, turn on the overhead fan or buy a portable one to keep in the room permanently. Keep the fans on for a generous amount of time to permit it to do its job. If you do not have a vent fan or portable fan, you can always crack open a window for a few minutes (given the inside humidity level is greater than outside).
Even just seemingly harmless amounts of humidity can do damage to a home. In fact, it only takes between four and six pints of water to raise the humidity level inside a 1000 square foot home from 15% to 60%. Maintaining a clean, dry home will not only help your home stay structurally safe, but you will finally be able to dry your hair completely.
Taking these easy steps can reduce the amount and severity of water damage you experience. However, sometimes water mishaps are unpreventable. Give Georgia Interior in Acworth a call to restore your property.
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