Moisture enters your home through many avenues, including cooking, bathing, washing and breathing. This is normal moisture in your home, and you should have some. An excessively dry home means lots of itching, especially for pets. It also brings itchy eyes, difficulty breathing and sinus problems. However, if you have excess moisture in your home, you’re setting yourself up for mold problems. If too much moisture enters your home from the crawlspace or basement, you could start seeing health problems, including asthma and allergies. Clint Miller Exterminating provides waterproofing services to keep the excess moisture out of your home.
Moisture problems usually mean that you have too much humidity in your house. You can learn how to decrease humidity in house by taking some steps, including waterproofing your crawlspace or basement. In addition to waterproofing services to get rid of damp crawlspaces and basements, decrease humidity by:
Checking for and repairing plumbing leaks, roof leaks and flashing leaks;
Waterproofing crawlspaces and basements;
Turning off humidifiers;
Make sure your clothes dryer and combustion appliances are properly vented;
Have a professional clean up sewer backups and other flooding problems;
Clean and maintain drains, gutters and downspouts; and
Make sure your landscaping and plants are not blocking vents for the crawlspace and the drainage systems around your home.
If you allow circumstances to go for too long, you’ll have excess moisture, which encourages mold to grow. It will grow in your carpets, on sheetrock, your clothes, bedding, wood, in the shower drain, on your mattresses and anywhere else it finds a damp place.
Moisture also causes rotting wood, rusting metal, chipping paint and other problems that could affect the structure of your house. It also encourages bugs – including cockroaches – dust mites, bacteria and mold, which in turn cause health problems.
Mold produces mildew, which is black or white growth. Mold grows because you have too much moisture. So, how do you get rid of moisture in the house? Waterproof your crawlspace or basement as moisture from the outside seeps inside through the floor. Run a dehumidifier, but make sure to clean it frequently. The dehumidifier takes moisture out of the air, but if you do not waterproof your basement or crawlspace, you’ll be fighting a losing battle.
Make sure the air inside your house and in the crawlspace can circulate properly. If the air outside is dryer than the air in your house, circulating air enters your home and sucks up some of the moisture. In cases when your basement or crawlspace is adequately waterproofed and ventilated, the attic vents usually provide plenty of circulation.
If you notice mold and mildew growing on your walls, in your HVAC ducts, under carpets or even under your mattress, contact Clint Miller Exterminating to discuss waterproofing your basement or crawlspace. If you notice an increase in certain health issues, especially if you see signs of mold, you might need to waterproof your home. In extreme cases where you don’t have good drainage near your home, you might have to add additional drainage ditches – a French drain is usually sufficient – in addition to waterproofing. However, waterproofing is usually enough to significantly decrease the moisture in your home. Contact Clint Miller Exterminating today to discuss your home’s moisture problems.