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Keeping Moisture Out of Your House – Why and How?

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| 2014 Jun 12 |
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Keeping Moisture Out of Your House – Why and How?

When you live in a detached house, there are truly a lot of things to keep in mind when it comes to regular maintenance. There is definitely more to think about than if you live in an apartment. One of the things that you need to be extra mindful of is moisture penetration, its effects and the steps you can take to prevent or at least mitigate damage.

In this blog, we would like to tell you why it is important to limit moisture intrusion in your house and how you can go about doing this.

Why reducing moisture is important

One of the most important reasons why you should prevent moisture from penetrating into your home is mold. Moisture is one of the main contributors to mold growth. But is mold really that dangerous?

Well, yes. Mold can cause a number of health issues, especially for infants and children, the elderly, people suffering from chronic lung diseases and those with weakened immune systems. People with allergies and asthma are also at an increased risk of experiencing negative health effects from mold.

Health effects of mold exposure

Besides contributing to mold growth, moisture can also cause a multitude of other problems with your house, such as rotting of wooden fixtures, deterioration of insulation and structural damage. For instance, moisture can cause bricks and concrete to crack.

In short, moisture is the enemy, and your priority should be to prevent it from entering your house.

How to prevent moisture penetration

Moisture gets into your house because of defects with the exterior and because of unresolved issues with interior elements.

Exterior

The first thing you should do is to ensure that any plants or flowerbeds are at least 15 centimetres away from your home. If your plants are too close to the foundation, watering them can cause water to seep into your basement through walls or windows. Furthermore, if you notice any damage around windows and doors, repair them as soon as possible.

When building or remodelling, choose quality materials such as water-resistant bricks, panels, sealers and special coatings. They may cost a bit more, but they’ll pay for themselves in the long run.

Water-resistant bricks

You should also make sure that eavestroughs and gutters are clean and that they’re taking water away from the foundation. In addition, ensure that the land is sloping downward, directing rainwater away from your home.

Last but not least, inspect your roof regularly for signs of damage and wear and fix any defects promptly.

Interior

One of the most important things you can do inside your home is to control humidity, making sure that it doesn’t exceed 50% in the winter or in the summer. Pay special attention to your basement as this room is particularly vulnerable to high humidity, flooding and other moisture problems.

You need to ensure that your ventilation system works properly, especially in the bathroom and kitchen where the humidity levels are usually higher than in other rooms of the house. Air circulation is also very important, so make sure that you have a clear path for air to flow through your home. It is also crucial that you check your plumbing regularly and fix any leaky pipes promptly.

It goes without saying that you should properly insulate your home, even if it means investing in quality materials and hiring a professional contractor. This will help keep your home dry while reducing your hydro bills.