Controlling the amount of moisture in your home is very important. Excess moisture can lead to the rotting of critical structures, as well as the growth of mold and mildew. By controlling the moisture content in your home, you can significantly reduce the chances of these things happening, and eliminate some contaminates in the air. Controlling moisture also helps to make your home more energy efficient, therefore reducing the cost of heating and cooling in the winter and summer months.
Now that you know the advantages of controlling moisture, I’m sure you are wondering how exactly it can be controlled! Well, there are a few ways in which you can work to control the moisture in your home. These include:
- Ensuring your home is properly ventilated
- Performing air sealing methods
- Installing vapor diffusion retarders
- Making sure your home is properly insulated
Ensuring Proper Ventilation
Ensuring proper ventilation inside your home is key because it can decrease the amount of condensation that occurs. Ventilation can be as easy as opening your windows and letting fresh air in on warm days.
Performing air sealing methods
Air sealing refers to eliminating any cracks or holes in your home, especially those in basement walls. This actually helps to lessen the amount of air currents throughout your home, and absorbs water. By blocking these cracks and holes, it gives water less opportunity to leak into your home, and lessens the amount of overall moisture in the home.
Installing vapor diffusion retarders
Vapor diffusion retarders refer to materials that water vapor cannot move through very quickly. Therefore, having vapor diffusion retarders in your home can lessen the moisture transfer throughout your home. Vapor diffusion retarders include things like glass, rubber membrane, sheet metal, plywood, asphalt coated paper, gypsum board, brick, concrete block, fiberglass insulation, and board lumber. These retarders can be helpful if used in your foundation, basement, crawlspaces, floors, walls, and ceilings.
Make sure your home is properly insulated
Some final tips to help decrease the amount of moisture in your home include sloping the surrounding earth away from the foundation, and making sure your gutters and downspouts are set up in a way that leads water away from your home. These are especially helpful at preventing flooding when it rains!
By trying some of these methods, you will significantly increase your chances of having a moisture-free home!