The Importance of Home Moisture Control

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A little moisture in your home may seem like no big deal, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Water can seep into your home in various ways, including leaks, bathroom showers or even cooking. Especially right now, during the hottest months of summer, humidity is at its highest outdoors. That means that moisture in the home increases, potentially leading to the buildup of mold and mildew, both of which are harmful to your home and health. Mold and mildew are often culprits for respiratory issues like asthma and allergies.

Basements are notorious for being damp and musty, which indicates a problem with moisture control. Musty odors are a common indicator that mold or mildew is already present in your home; mold produces a musty odor as it releases microbial volatile organic compounds while growing. Continuous exposure to it can cause nausea, dizziness, fatigue, and headaches.

And our moisture specialists at Ameri Care in Murfreesboro have even worse news: moisture in the home isn’t just a breeding ground for mold and mildew — it’s also a natural breeding ground for bugs like cockroaches and earwigs. Gross! Bugs need water to survive. They are always seeking out sources of moisture to keep their bodies hydrated so they can continue breeding.

So how do you get rid of moisture in your home and prevent it from returning? First, you have to take away the source of moisture and also block pests’ reentry into your home. How? By drying out the moist areas of your home.

Check out the following tips and tricks on how to do just that:

  • Run a dehumidifier in humid areas of the home.
  • Open windows to let the air in and allow healthy air circulation.
  • Remove standing water in crawl spaces or the basement.
  • Ask all members of your family to run the bathroom exhaust after taking steaming hot showers.
  • Run fans
  • Install gutters with downspouts to direct rainwater away from your home.
  • Be sure your HVAC is in proper working order.
  • Waterproof your basement.

Home moisture control in Nashville and Murfreesboro, TN

Damp homes lead to mold and mildew, a harmful allergen for you, your family and your home. Moisture under your house can cause wood rot that negatively impacts the foundation of your home, and it can attract pests and emit harmful mold spores. If you’ve tried everything to control the moisture in your home but it’s still a problem, our waterproofing services at Ameri Care Services can help. Give us a call at (615) 823-8224, or visit us online to schedule your free consultation today.