Why Moisture Control Is So Important For Your Wilmington Home
January 10, 2020
Moisture in homes can become a problem in any season. Many people think of high humidity as a summer issue, but winter can prove equally problematic. Homes are less ventilated in winter months due to closed windows and doors. Temperature differences between the air inside and out can cause condensation to build up in areas throughout your home. Regardless of the time of year, it is important to keep your home safe from moisture damage.
As a pest control company, our experts at Bug-N-A-Rug advocate for proper moisture control. Not only will this help control possible pest activity, as pests are constantly in search of water, but it will also avoid a slew of health hazards associated with mold and mildew.
To prevent a problem with excess moisture in your home, it is important to conduct regular maintenance to ensure that unwanted water isn't getting inside. Check drainage systems for blockages including gutters and downspouts. Promptly fix leaks whether they erupt in your faucet and pipes or in your roof. Make sure that air conditioners are the correct size and properly installed and maintained. Lastly, proper ventilation and the use of dehumidifiers can be important factors in reducing moisture in your home.
Importance of Moisture Control
Left untreated, moisture can cause a host of problems in your home. It’s estimated that over $1 billion of damage occurs every year in America as a direct result of excess moisture issues. Moisture breeds mold and mildew and can become a dangerous health risk. Overly moist areas in your home can create the ideal breeding ground for insects such as cockroaches and termites. Beyond attracting pests and triggering allergy and asthma symptoms, moisture in your home can cause rotting of floor joists and impact insulation properties.
Identifying Excess Moisture
There are several ways to identify moisture issues in a home. Some homeowners will notice dampness in their insulation, musty smells, or cupping of hardwood floors. Often the signs are not in the home but rather the homeowner. Bad air caused by excess moisture can become apparent in health problems suffered by those living in the house. There is often an increase in allergy and asthma symptoms in homes with too much moisture. Sealing and caulking around doors and windows, using storm doors and windows during the winter months, and checking duct-work for leaks can be important steps for moisture prevention, but in spite of your best efforts, they may not be enough to solve the underlying issues.
Calling the Professionals
The best way to fix moisture issues and the damage they cause is with the help of the professionals at Bug-N-A-Rug. We have over a decade of experience in resolving moisture damage to homes and crawlspaces. Our finely-tuned techniques and state-of-the-art crawl space dehumidifiers will leave your home safe from mold and other moisture damage. Excess moisture in crawl spaces can have a devastating structural impact. We specialize in crawlspace encapsulation and sanitation, moisture barriers, dehumidifiers, fungus remediation, debris removal, and insulation repair.
For guaranteed results call us at (910) 254-9443 for a completely free, no-obligation consultation. We will make sure that your home is free of unwanted moisture so that you can breathe easy.