Thursday, March 19th, 2020 by Haley Tepool
World Water Day is March 22nd. As we know, water comes in many different forms. There is the basic solid, liquid, and gas, but let’s take it a step further and specifically talk about water vapor. Water vapor affects your home in more ways than you know because you can’t see it. According to the Department of Energy, “The potential for moisture problems exists anywhere building components are below grade, whether you have a basement, crawlspace, or slab-on-grade foundation. To create an energy-efficient and comfortable living space in your basement, you will need to insulate as well as properly control moisture.”
Many people think that mold is no big deal because they have seen it all their lives in bathrooms and basements. They clean it with bleach and forget about it. Why does it keep coming back? To put it simply, it’s because when mold spores find the right combination of temperature, food source, and moisture- they grow. Many health issues can also come with mold growing in your home.
To prevent mold, you need to control its main element to survival which is water. Sure, you have the visible water like plumbing or groundwater leaks, but the water vapor in the air that you can’t see also needs to be controlled.
2. High Energy Bills
A home with moisture issues always turns in to a higher electric bill. The reason for this is damp air takes more energy to heat or cool and more energy is being used. The solution to this problem would be insulating properly.
3. Pest & Dust Mites
These critters are the #1 indoor allergens. They live in your furniture, bedding, and carpeting, and feed off dead skin flakes. Their droppings are so small that they become airborne and are breathed in, which is what can irritate humans’ allergies. They need relative humidity to survive, so if the air is dry, they will die.
If you are worried about moisture and water vapor in your home, contact us to schedule a free evaluation to put your mind at ease.
Resource: “Moisture Control.” Energy.gov, www.energy.gov/energysaver/weatherize/moisture-control