Meet Your New Roommate, Moisture

February, 2018

Owning a home comes with a lot of responsibility, from keeping your home safe to keeping your family safer. It can feel overwhelming at times to combat all of the common risks your home faces on a daily basis, but we’re here to help. Moisture is a common issue most homeowners struggle with, whether it be too much or too little. This week we’re walking you through the different ways moisture (or the lack thereof) impacts and interacts with your home, and easy ways to keep moisture problems at bay.

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Your Home Creates Moisture

Our homes create moisture in ways we often don’t notice. If you’re in your home right now, look around you. Most likely, the things you’re surrounded by are emitting moisture into the air. Your appliances such as laundry systems, refrigerators, sinks, toilets, and ovens bring moisture into the air. Your pets and family also create moisture just by breathing and projecting saliva into the air. It’s important to understand that moisture not only comes from outside weather or unpredictable factors but from your home itself and the people and object inside it.

Moisture Hurts Home and Health

Everybody understands that too much or too little moisture can negatively impact the safety and quality of buildings and homes. Often times, people forget about the effects moisture has on the people inside. Too much moisture can cause bacteria and microorganisms to fester in your home, increasing your risk of sickness. Additionally, too much moisture can trigger respiratory issues such as asthma or bronchitis. On the contrary, too little moisture can promote dry skin, sore sinuses, and increase sensitivity to temperature.

Moisture invites bugs and mold inside

The wellbeing of your family is your first priority and maintaining a clean home is the best way to ensure your family stays healthy. When homes have too much moisture in them, they invite dangerous bugs and mold inside. Dust mites and mold both thrive when humidity levels are between 70-80%. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), when humidity is kept under 50%, others pests such as cockroaches, rodents, and dust mites are less likely to infest your home. Keeping your home free of unwelcome pests and mold ensures better health for your family.

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Do not be afraid of moisture

While the negative aspects with moisture seem daunting, remember that houses need a certain amount in order to run effetely and promote health. We love this list provided by the EPA because it provides practical ways to monitor and control moisture in homes. For example, using windows and exhaust fans to move air through the home encourages moisture to ventilate through the home rather than remaining stationary. Using the right systems such as dehumidifiers, humidifiers, and air conditioners is a great way to promote a healthy amount of moisture. Knowing how to spot signs of too much moisture (for example, when moisture gathers around windows or pools on floors) can give you insight into the health of your home. If you’re a tech-savvy individual who has great concern for the level of moisture in your home, purchasing moisture meters is a great way to get accurate intel on your home.

Understanding how moisture interacts with your family and home is the first step to a healthier home and hearth. By maintaining accurate home moisture levels, you can reduce the risk of dangerous mold and pests. For questions regarding any necessary home improvements if you’ve been impacted by moisture damage, call J-Tech for a consultation today!

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