Getting Moisture Under Control in Your Home

Look, it’s a fact. We are constantly living in the presence of mold and mildew in our homes and offices. Even the cleanest of environments will have spores in the air. And this usually isn’t a problem at all, especially since most of the time, these spores are kept to a very low and manageable level. However, in the spring and summer when humidity and moisture levels are on the rise, it can get slightly out of hand if the levels are allowed to creep up too high. This is a bigger problem for people with asthma and allergies, as this can lead to a more serious or chronic problem down the road.

Mold damaged roomMold spores need three elements in order to grow – darkness, dampness, and heat. It’s a little tricky to control the lighting level of a particular area, particularly when it’s nighttime. And as far as heat? Well that’s easy – make sure you’re consistently running the air conditioner in your home or office, so as to control the temperature from creeping up too high. So how does one go about controlling the moisture level in the house? Well, the air conditioner helps. But the next step would be to get a dehumidifier at your local Lowe’s or Home Depot. It’s always a sound investment. You always want to keep humidity levels in the 30 – 50 percent range to keep mold from growing out of control.

It goes without saying that windows and doors should be kept shut while the air conditioner is running to prevent moisture from the outside coming in. Also, there are several other factors to consider besides just the moisture level in the air. What about bathrooms? Showers, particularly those covered with tile, are prone to mildew growth. Think about it. You have the presence of both heat and moisture!

Take the time to inspect the grout every once in awhile to make sure there are not major perforations where water can leak behind the tile. Once it gets into the backer board, it gets much tougher to get out. We always suggest going to the store and purchasing a product like Tilex, and every time someone in the home takes a shower, they should get into the habit of dousing all shower surfaces with the Tilex before exiting the shower.

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