High Humidity and Water Damage
We all love the summer time for what it brings, hot temperatures, sunshine… high humidity, not so much. Most people don’t think that high humidity levels could cause water damage indoors. With humidity reaching over 90% in the summer, it’s very important to know what to do to prevent water damage in your home.
Water damage doesn’t have to be large amounts of water like a flood or a leak that saturates your building. Most water damage occurrences are very high moisture in the air, or in other words, humidity. Humidity over 60% indoors would start causing “secondary damage”, all soft pores material will start absorbing moisture and will get water damage. Mold growth will follow shortly after if the humidity levels stay high, as shown in the picture to the right. In this case, a condo was left without the AC running for days, humidity levels reached 100% and caused mold to grow on all the walls. Reducing the humidity levels indoors will insure your safety and prevent water damage or mold growth.
Tips for Keeping Humidity Level Down
Following some easy steps will help prevent water damage and save you a lot of money and headache.
- Check for Wet Areas Indoors
- Repair Roof Leaks Immediately
- Re-caulk your bathrooms every year
- Keep AC Running In the Summer
- Place Dehumidifier in Basement
- Treat AC drains with bleach before summer
- Treat Washing Machine Drains Regularly
- Water Proof Brick Center Blocks
- Keep Doors & Windows Closed at Summer Time