10.05.2017

The Most Insidious Dangers Of Home Moisture



So, you’ve finally done it. You’ve saved, planned, and have finally managed to afford the home of your dreams. Well done! A lifetime of happy family experiences is yours for the taking, and the home will develop and reflect your family's changing story over the many upcoming years. However, that doesn’t mean you should take this for granted. Taking care of your home is one of your new responsibilities. With the title of homeowner, you are now no longer able to rely on your landlord of apartment complex authority to come and resolve maintenance issues. They all fall to you.


As with anything in life, foresight teaches gently, while error teaches brutally. For this reason, it’s important to identify the worst offending issues which can have very harsh effects on your budget and your general happiness until they are resolved. They can even threaten your safety, and in your home space, the place you should feel most secure - that’s unacceptable.


The worst offender of all? Home moisture. Water or excess moisture where it’s not wanted can severely hinder the safety and health of a property. For this reason, making sure you implement various strategies is important. The dangers you could be subject to as a result of excess moisture are as follows:


Rot & Damp


Rot (an extreme version of damp,) occurs when moisture is left unchecked in a wall for too long. Over and above the mould which can grow and give off spores (potentially bringing ilness with it,) it can severely undermine the structural integrity of the materials keeping the wall up and sturdy. For this reason, you preferably want to keep some form of decent home insulation. You should look for the problem areas in your property, the places which you rarely go but are likely to develop a problem left unchecked over time.


We’d recommend opting for a smart crawlspace insulation strategy, such as those offered by www.crawlspacecharlotte.com/ With an adaptable and complete service such as this, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that not one unwanted bead of moisture will find its w way somewhere you’d rather it didn’t. This could even help you save your energy heating costs in the process. For areas of the home which are more accessible, try to keep them well ventilated during the day. Damp occurs when moisture has no means of escaping, so it rest on the easiest surface it can and will blossom over time. Ventilation prevents this.


Electrics


Your electrical wiring will need to be correctly insulated, using silicon around the plugs to keep them watertight. If water is exposed to your electrical circuit, at best your fuse box will detect the issue and switch off. At worst it will cause an electrical fire, and this can be difficult to overcome. To begin with, prevent the potential issue by keeping an eye on your electrical switches for signs of moisture. Teach your family how moisture around these implements could be dangerous. Keep extension cords and power leads out of potential harm's way. Most importantly, store electircal fire hydrants specialized to stop the fire with foam, as water will work in the opposite intended way here. Be sure you know where your fuse box is and instruct yourself on its use. Every five years, hire a home inspector or electrician to oversee and confirm the structural safety of your home.

With these tips, you’re sure to have a much safer and moisture free household.

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