• Dec 18, 2019
Is Your Basement Protected from Excess Moisture?

Have a damp basement? There could be a number of reasons why this is occurring. This could be due to high humidity or a water leak. Excess moisture in house can come from a variety of places and cause mold, mildew or other types of growth. Taking time to observe what is going on can help identify the problem. If there are any leaks, stopping the flow of water in that area is the first line of defense. Getting a plumber to inspect and correct the problem is next. Additionally, reducing the indoor humidity by using ventilation fans in the kitchen and bathrooms, sealing duct air leaks, and using a humidifier can help alleviate excess moisture accumulation.


Excess Moisture Meaning
Excess moisture accumulations in structures have tell-tale signs indicating a moisture problem. These include:

  • Standing water
  • Mold
  • Musty smells
  • Excessive condensation
  • Increased health symptoms
  • Pests
  • Blemish issues
  • Damaged building materials

If any of these are present, it could lead to infection and health problems for individuals who remain in close proximity of these areas or worse. Common instances that lead to moisture problems include poor building enclosure and drainage design, ineffective humidity controls, inadequate maintenance of building equipment and materials, or having a building on a site that does not have proper drainage.


How Do You Get Rid of Moisture in the House
There are a number of things you can do to get rid of excess moisture in the home. Preventing mold and mildew can be done by having good ventilation in areas that hold moisture. Sealing any cracks in the walls affected by the humidity, and ensuring there is adequate drainage going outside is key. Identify areas where mold and mildew may be a problem. Laundry rooms and bathrooms are highly susceptible, especially if there are damp items present in a continuous basis.

Having a technician come and check the crawlspace vapor barrier under your home. If you don’t have one, or it was damaged, now is the time to consider getting that area repaired. Additionally, a professional basement waterproofing service could save time and money. Working with a professional to help identify the mildew prone areas of your home can work wonders in keeping your spaces mold and mildew free.


Contact Clint Miller Exterminating
If you’re having moisture retention issues, Clint Miller Exterminating can assist! We’ve been around for over 30 years, specializing in pest control, crawlspaces, moisture barriers, dehumidification and total home service. Many people don’t realize how quickly mold can cause a serious problem. When not identified and treated in a timely manner, the consequences will be more than just compromised air quality. With a strong focus on providing superior and comprehensive pest control service, Clint Miller Exterminating uses the most advanced materials and equipment to get the job done. Currently serving the residents and commercial businesses in Rowan, Cabarrus, Davidson and Stanly counties in North Carolina,  for more information on how we can help, contact us for a consultation today.

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