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09/08/2016
High humidity levels in your home can make you feel sticky, sweaty, and smell funny. Moreover, if you don't fix the problem promptly, you may end up with extensive water and mold damage to your home. To avoid these dire consequences, this post will share a few tips on how to get rid of excess moisture in your home.

How to Get Rid of Excess Humidity in Your Home

Keep Your Home in Good Shape

Leaking pipes, faulty faucets, clogged drains, cluttered gutters, cracked ceilings, and other similar imperfections in your home can really be adding to the high moisture levels in the air. Not only that, but if you don't pay mind to them, they may cause water damage and mold growth in your home. For that reason, it's imperative that you search for and fix any flaws you find in your home.

Insulate and Waterproof Your Home

If water seeps into your home when it rains, then you're far more likely to have excess humidity in your home. To keep that from happening to you, remember to insulate and waterproof your home effectively (especially the basement, attic, and around doors/windows). Part of this is making sure the insulation and waterproofing are kept up properly. To that end, have a professional come and inspect/update them at least once a year.

Keep Air Circulating Through Your Home

Air needs to move through your home in order to eliminate the surplus of moisture in it. You can try different, easy methods to help out with this. For example, you can turn on your fans, or the air conditioning system in the house to ventilate it effectively. You can also opt for opening the windows and doors around the property, so the moisture isn't trapped inside your home.

Take Care of the Moisture in Small Places

As you can imagine, small, confined, unventilated places are the most vulnerable to high humidity levels. To combat this problem and absorb some of the moisture in them, you can create mesh balls made from old stockings and filled with uncooked rice. You can then stick these balls in drawers, closets, cabinets and more to let the rice work on catching the water in the air.

Use Baking Soda on Carpeted Floors and Upholstery

In a similar fashion to the point above,  use baking soda to absorb the excess moisture that gets trapped in your carpets and upholstery (or other fabric you can't wash in the machine). To try this method, sprinkle a lot of baking soda all over your floors and furniture. Let the baking soda absorb the dampness for a few hours (you can leave it overnight). Once the time has passed, vacuum it and the humidity off. If the high humidity levels in your home have resulted in water damage or mold growth in it, call Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI at 804.282.1281. They have expertise in those areas and can definitely provide the emergency property restoration your home requires.

Don't Install Carpeting in Humid Areas

While installing carpeted floors at home can have many benefits, installing them in the wrong places can result in a humid disaster. For instance, bathrooms, basements, small closets, etc., are humidity-prone areas, which is why you shouldn't aggravate the problem by laying out a fabric in them that will trap all of the moisture in. Be smart about these types of decisions so you can save yourself a lot of headaches.

Ensure Your Home is Completely Dry

It should go without saying, but keeping your home dry is very important if you don't want the water content in the air to escalate. That's why you should tend to and dry spills effectively, avoid condensation, pat down your bathroom with a towel after showers, among other similar practices. As mentioned above, you should pay special attention to those high humidity places, such as the bathroom, basement, attic, and more.

Get a Dehumidifier for Your Home

A surefire way to get rid of the excess moisture in your home, as well as improve your home's indoor air quality, is to invest in a dehumidifier. Before you do, though, keep in mind that they can be quite an investment, so research them thoroughly, and find one that fits your budget and needs.

Get the Best Team in Town for Your Home's Emergency Property Restoration Needs

Rest assured that Walker & Frick Construction Co., Inc. DKI is the property restoration team you need if your home has been damaged by water, mold, fire, smoke, or another mishap. Call  804.282.1281 to request a free estimate on emergency property restoration.