Moisture on a cool surface when gets in contact with humid and warm air, it condenses into water droplets. Your daily household activities like bathing, washing dishes, cooking, drying and washing clothes, and other such activities add a lot of moisture to the air.
Some electrical appliances in the home can also add moisture to the air as well. During winter seasons, doors, walls, and windows with poor insulation drop their temperature and become cooler surfaces. These cool surfaces can allow the moisture to condense and create mold and mildew that can then create further problems for you.
Here are some easy DIY tips to control indoor moisture and humidity in the home:
Detection of Water Leaks
The most common cause of moisture and humidity in the home is the leakage of water. There are so many household items that can leak water while they are turned on. Plumbing leaks are also the biggest causes of water leaks.
This water leak then creates moisture and can increase the humidity level in the home. A high humidity level is not good for the health, and excessive moisture at home is not good for the home itself.
So in this case, detection of water leaks becomes very important in order to control the moisture and humidity level.
You can detect the water leaks yourself by manual inspection. You can also hire a good company or a plumber who can detect the water leaks for you and also you can use the smart water leak detectors with your plumbing system.
When you detect all possible water leaks, now it’s time to fix those as soon as possible.
Control Indoor Moisture
To control the indoor, especially the moisture of the kitchen and the bathrooms is to use exhaust fans. They will remove the moisture from indoor with air; just make sure that exhaust fans should remove to the outside rather than to the attic.
Also, the clothes dryers or humidifiers should vent outside. They are also sources of add moisture if venting is not proper.
In the crawlspaces, plastic covers should be used over the dirt. This is a good way to prevent from coming from the ground. Also, improve the ventilation system of the crawlspaces.
When you see accumulating on windows and other surfaces, turn off the humidifiers, kerosene heaters, and other such home appliances.
If you are living in a hot and humid climate, then you should use air-conditioners and dehumidifiers to reduce the level of humidity from the home.
Using storm windows is another great option to control the moisture. A storm window or a door will separate the interior of your house from the cold outside air. If a storm window is installed inside, it will work better as compared to the one that is installed outside.
Where you have exposed water pipes that have low temperature droplets of water accumulate on them, increase their temperature with the proper insulation.
You can also improve the ventilation in the hope by opening the doors between the rooms, so that air circulates. You can also use fans to circulate the air so that hot, humid air carried out of the house with the air circulation.
These are the few DIY tips to control the moisture and humidity in the house. Controlling the water leak from pipes is most effective as it is the major cause of increasing moisture and humidity.
Other than these methods, you can use the dehumidifiers or you can get help from specialist contractors who are experts in decreasing the humidity level.
You should also have a digital hygrometer to check the humidity level.