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Having too much (or really any) moisture in your home is a bad thing. Moisture inside makes the air humid, and this can lead to many problems, including mold, some of which can be harmful to health. On top of this, a damp or moldy house will ruin your belongings. Plus, it’s just not a comfortable way to live. So you want to do everything you can to keep moisture out of your home, or at least to minimize what gets in. With this in mind, read on for some helpful ideas to help you decide what to do.
If your house feels damp or you can see signs of mold, the problem may be in your drainage. This is most likely the case if you have a basement, even if you don’t use it. It could be that your drain is not doing its job and instead of removing water from the plumbing system in your home, it is leaving it there to stagnate. When this happens, the water will smell and may be unhealthy.
By updating your drain and installation of a volume drainage system, you can much more easily control the amount of water in and around your home, and you can ensure that it runs away in the right way. This will make it less likely that you will develop mold and it will keep your basement and other areas free of moisture.
Do you like to cook? Many people do, and it’s an excellent skill to have. But there may be a problem; when you cook, you may release extra moisture into your home. If you are cooking on a stove and you are heating a sauce or boiling vegetables – among many other things – you will know that a lot of steam is released. This is all moisture and can be harmful.
If you are cooking, make sure to use your lids as much as possible; this will contain the steam and cause less trouble. You’ll also want to turn on your hood in the kitchen (perhaps on the hood itself) and use it while you cook; keep it on even when you’re done, just for ten minutes or so, to make sure all the moisture is whipped away.
Drying clothes is a necessity, but it is also something that can lead to a lot of moisture in the house. Whenever possible, make sure to dry your clothes outside instead of hanging them on a clothes horse or radiator. This will not be possible all year round, but in the spring and summer and even into autumn some years, it is something to try. When you can only dry your clothes inside, use a tumble dryer to produce less moisture. If this is out of your budget or there is no space, make sure you only dry clothes when you can also open your windows and have a humidifier race. It may sound like a lot to do just to dry some clothes, but it’s better to do all this than risk mold in your property.