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
If all fails and you had water damage, call a professional restoration company like EnviroCare
to restore your property to better then previous condition.
Water Proofing Your Basement
Water is a wonderful thing, its a source of life on our planet and no one can exist without it, but it can also be a destructive force. Buildings in the United States require water proofing because they are made mostly from materials that are susceptible to water damage like wood or drywall, that’s why we build our structures in a way they would be impregnable to water, but water finds a way.
Think about it, water corrosion created huge caves in solid rock for millions of yours, your home is no match to the power of nature. Keeping water out can prove to be harder then it seems, water has all the time in the world to find a tiny hole it can seep through.
Water proofing is needed when you have:
- Cracks in Foundation
- Unsealed Windows or Doors
- Clogged Drains
- Unsealed Center Blocks
- Gaps in Foundation
- Inoperable Sunk Pump
- Unsealed Pipe Holes
- Massive Tree Roots
Water Proofing your basement is the only way to prevent water damage from the sources listed above. In the Envirocare water proofing process, different applications are used for different sources of water penetration. Not water proofing the basement will cause water to keep damaging your interior and potentially cause black mold and mildew to grow and make the home or basement inhabitable.
How To Choose A Water Proofing Professional
When choosing a water proofing professional, ask what they are going to do. What kind of process is going to be implemented to what part of the building, to keep water out. Some water proofing companies will only fix the immediate problem but wont have a long term solution. Always ask what kind of warranty they offer or don’t offer, to protect your investment. Remember, you are going to spend thousands on this project, if it takes a little more to go with a more qualified professional, go for it! Getting a better job will keep you safe for years to come.
EnviroCare has a proven method to keep water out of your basement. Call today for a free estimate and consultation.