Mold Removal and Water Damage: The Effects of Humidity on Your Home

Water Damage Restoration in Downers Grove, IL

1st Choice Solutions understands the alarming, unsightly, and challenging nature of mold in the home. We will discuss here how to prevent mold from growing in your home so that you can possibly prevent it from growing in the first place. In the event that you suspect that mold is present in your home or business, you should contact a mold damage remediation professional as soon as possible, but here we will discuss how to reduce moisture in your home.

 

Is My Home Too Humid?

The ideal level of humidity for your home or business should be 30%-50%. However, if you aren’t sure, you can use a hygrometer. In most cases, these items are inexpensive and will inform you if the humidity levels are too high or too low, so you can take action. Some individuals have developed a good sense of detecting humidity just by feeling.

 

A/C

Once you have learned how to measure humidity and what the appropriate levels are, what steps should you take if the levels are too high? Air conditioners are designed to remove heat and humidity and replace it with cool air, so you should make sure they are maintained in order to keep them working at their best. It is important to maintain the air filter and change it regularly so that the air duct does not become clogged.

 

Aeration

When we do activities that produce high levels of moisture, like cooking or taking a shower, we typically use fans in our bathrooms and kitchens to ventilate them. Although it is important to use the ventilation, you should keep it running for a short period of time after the task has been completed to ensure the humidity has been removed from the area more effectively.

 

Showers

The main reason for the high humidity levels in our homes is the fact that many people prefer hot showers, which leads to a significant amount of moisture. Showers are the biggest culprits in causing humidity and mold in our homes. By reducing your shower’s water temperature by even a small amount, you can reduce humidity levels in your home.

 

Pipes

Moisture can come from a variety of sources, including leaky pipes, that may not even be visible to you. In the event that mold or irregular humidity levels appear in your home, this may be caused by a leak, and you should call 1st Choice Solutions immediately to get professional help. A water leak can be detected by unexplained stains on your walls, wet spots, and a spike in your water bill without any changes to your water usage.

 

Dehumidifier

Several different ways exist for you to remove humidity from your home, including standalone dehumidifiers and those that are built into your furnace. The most common way many people choose to control their humidity indoors is to use a dehumidifier. When you use this solution, your air conditioner can be used less because the humidity level is maintained at a lower level.

Contact 1st Choice Solutions for Mold Removal

It is imperative to contact a professional as soon as you notice mold growing in your home or business to ensure that it is properly and completely removed. We can take care of mold growth in your home as soon as possible. Our experts will have your house back to normal in no time. Contact 1st Choice Solutions today.