Moisture in your home can lead to a number of damaging effects, from the weakened structure of the house itself to the growth of harmful mold and mildew. While moisture can be the result of a leaking pipe or heavy rainfall, there are plenty of other ways water can enter your home. Aside from heavy rainfall and leaks, moisture results from cooking, showering, and much more. Needless to say, proper moisture control is essential in any home, as moisture is constantly being introduced to your home.
Because moisture can present a variety of hazards throughout the house, in addition to adverse health effects, it’s important to know how moisture enters your home and how to prevent it. StayDry Waterproofing specializes in areas such as this, and we can help remove that unwanted moisture from your home. However, we want homeowners to be as educated as possible in keeping their homes dry and free of water.
Effects of Moisture
Whether it makes its way into your home through cracks in your basement walls or is caused by a leaking faucet, moisture needs to be stopped in its tracks. The longer moisture remains throughout your house, the more time it has to affect everything inside. Take a look below at the damage and dangers moisture can bring:
- Damaged Possessions – We all know electronics and water don’t mix well. Moisture can ruin the electronic components inside your home, as well as damage furniture. Electronics can short circuit while metal and wood furniture can rust or split.
- Mold – Everything mold needs to exist is already in your home: drywall, darkness, warmth, and oxygen. Add moisture to the mix and mold is ready to grow. Mold can cause respiratory tract infections, bloody noses, headaches, and asthma problems.
- Weakened Structure – As moisture spreads throughout your home, wood and drywall will absorb it and become prone to swelling, splitting, and collapsing. The concrete foundation in your basement can also absorb water, become weak, and possibly disintegrate.
- Pests – Similar to mold, pests prefer warm and humid areas. High levels of humidity provide a home for bedbugs and termites. These pests can cause further damage to your home.
As you can see, controlling moisture in your home is crucial to avoid the effects and damage it can cause. Aside from promptly repairing any leaks and sources of moisture, your home should be properly ventilated and insulated to effectively prevent moisture. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep your home dry.
Moisture is often the result of a damp basement. If your home’s basement is prone to flooding, a drainage system or additional waterproofing may be necessary. Here, you have a few options to reduce water build up:
- Sump Pumps – Sump pumps are designed to remove water that collects beneath your basement in the sump basin. The water is typically directed to a dry well or storm drain away from your home.
- Crack Injections – Cracks in your foundation walls are unavoidable, but polyurethane injections will fill those cracks and reduce your risk of moisture entering.
- French Drain Systems – Used for nearly 150 years, French drains are best used for basements that tend to flood after heavy rainfall. They’ll remove water from your basement, however, they cannot prevent it from entering.
- Exterior Waterproofing System – More substantial problems call for exterior waterproofing. The process calls for professional installation, but efficiently keeps water from entering your home.
- Dehumidifiers – A dehumidifier is a simple way to keep areas of your home moisture free. They’ll collect water from the air in your home, keeping it dry and odor free.