Moisture in your home

There are many ways moisture can get in your home. . Just living and breathing in your home can potentially puts several quarts of water in the air every day, cooking increases the daily levels even more.  Imagine all the steam after you shower…. That’s right it’s adding even more moisture to the air in your home.  One of the biggest possible contributors to moisture in the home is the cloths dryer.  What does all this potential moisture in your home mean to you? That depends on how you feel about your health and the health of your family.  It’s all about indoor air quality and keeping your home healthy.   When moisture levels rise in your home there is potential for mold growth.  When mold starts to grow all kinds of problems begin…floors start to rot, furniture starts to show mold growth, your home will begin to smell musty.  However none of that compares to the health risks that are caused by mold.   Increased difficulties in breathing for people with repertory concerns, and people with allergies.  Not to mention the serious reactions some people can have to mold which can include death even in health people.

 

To reduce your risk of moisture in your home.

 

Exhaust vent / range hoods over your stove should always be vented outside of your home.

 

Always vent the bathroom exhaust fans outside and never into the attic.

 

The clothes dryer must always be vented outside.

 

If you are concerned about mold in your home and it’s making you sick.  Feel free to contact me to have your home tested for surface mold and/or for mold spores and allergens in the air.

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Water Water Water

 

Your probably wondering what water has to do with your home or your home inspection. Water is the one material on this earth that is can be extremely powerful; like we have all seen in a tsunami or can be very gentle, like a still pond. Water can transform into any shape or even evaporate into the air and disappear. Water is one thing on the earth that everyone takes for granted, without water everything on our earth will dry up and die.

Water is however an enemy to all homes. It doesn’t matter were or how the water is getting into your home. Whether you have a roof leak or a basement leak you need to solve the problem. As I talked about in the previous blog the musty smell in your basement is because of high humidity (water vapor). Look around your home for evidence of water and moisture. Look in your basement, under the sinks, around the base of toilets, and any area that the roof may be leaking. Water is fun and enjoyable, unless it’s in your home causing damage.  If you have question please send them to me at [email protected]

 

Serving Cortland, Tully, Dryden, Ithaca and all of the Finger Lakes area.

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Musty smelling basements

Now that we are in the middle of the summer, it’s hot and humid. If you are going down in your basement it’s probably smelling musty and your thinking you should open the windows to air the basement out. DON’T open the windows, opening the windows will let that hot humid air in your basement. When the hot humid air gets in your basement it will mix with the cool air in your basement and condensate on the walls and contents of your basement. (This is kind like having a cold glass of water and water beads up on the outside of the glass) The best thing you can do is keep you basement closed up and run a dehumidifier. If. you can keep the humidity level between 50 AND 60% the musty smell should go away. Don’t forget to empty the reservoir in the dehumidifier everyday. If your humidity level is really high you may have to empty the reservoir twice a day.

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