moisture in ceilingHaving too much moisture in your house can cause mold growth. When humid air hits a cold surface, the moisture turns into water. Many daily household activities produce moisture, including washing your clothes and dishes, taking a bath or shower, and even cooking.

During winter time, openings without insulation, such as doors, walls, and windows, are susceptible to moisture. Non-insulated pipes can also get moisture in the summer season. Water accumulates on these various surfaces and eventually spreads to other parts of the building, peeling of the paint, and rotting the surfaces, thus creating the perfect environment for mold to grow and thrive.

To control moisture, dry any visible water. Controlling moisture requires not letting surfaces cool down too much, and reducing humidity.

Always keep the vent fan on while showering, and leave it on for up to 30 minutes after showering!

Consider installing storm doors to help surfaces stay warm during the winter season.  You can also get extra thick windows to help with insulation. Besides reducing moisture, these additions help houses to be more energy-efficient all year.

Another way to stay warm is by opening your curtains and blinds in the winter season so that sunlight hits your windows. Insulating water pipes as well get rid of a fresh, natural surface in warmer months. Put sleeves on your pipes to add insulation.

The heating and cooling systems in your house will also help control moisture. Gas or electric furnaces eliminate humid air. Air conditioners lower the moisture level in the air. Make sure your systems have good air flow, and if you run into any problems have them looked at by a professional who can get things back in working order.

Another way to control moisture is by caulking or weather stripping. They will make your home more energy-efficient, as well as keeping humidity away. Use exhaust fans in all the bathrooms and laundry rooms, and ensure that you have an exhaust hood in your kitchen too, as these fans remove moisture from those rooms. Keep the fans clean so that they work correctly and adequately control moisture in your home.

dehumidifierIf you live in an area where it’s not possible to control humidity, you can control moisture by using a dehumidifier. You can use this device in almost any room, including high humidity rooms like laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens. Really any room where the air conditioning doesn’t circulate well.

Dehumidifiers can be your best friend in the summer months down in the Delta or southern states like Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida. Humidity levels typically shoot through the roof, and that usually brings with it heavier amounts of rainfall. The excessive rain can cause many more moisture issues than we’re usually accustomed to, so being prepared with the tips in this article and having a dehumidifier that is in excellent working condition can save you tons of headaches.

Dehumidifiers are almost non-negotiable must-haves for “snow birds” that leave their homes and condos during the hotter months while they spend time up north. When they leave the doors and windows closed and push up the temperature on their thermostat, moisture levels can nearly triple.