It’s easy to overlook a problem with excessive humidity until it is too late, once damage has already started and repairs are needed, or in some cases until irreparable losses have already occurred. Preventing problems caused by excessive moisture is the best solution, to avoid the harmful effects that processes like corrosion, oxidation, and staining can have on your possessions. Is it possible to detect a moisture problem early enough to prevent the first signs of damage, or worse? Of course. Humidity and moisture can generate many problems in a home, but here we will explain the main symptoms of a developing problem, which if identified, will allow you to prevent any further harm.
Moisture caused by condensation
This is the source of most moisture problems in the home. Do you wake up in the morning and notice that your window frames are wet? Is there water on the glass? Do the walls look damp? Then there’s no need to think twice. You have a problem with moisture caused by condensation. This is happening because the air in your home contains too much humidity, which is condensing and turning into water when it makes contact with a colder surface.
Odors caused by moisture
If you smell fish, it’s because someone in your home is cooking or eating fish, right? Well, if you notice that odor of dampness, it’s because there is humidity in your home. Too much of it. There’s no need to look for causes such as capillary action or filtration, or for water leaks or dripping pipes. An excessive level of humidity in the air will make everything damp, while giving everything that smell of dampness too: clothing, books, sheets, drawers, etc.
The appearance of mold is one of the main results of moisture caused by condensation. Its favorite places to grow are those where the most water caused by excessive humidity is generated or accumulates: window frames, the corners of walls, grout between tiles, skirting boards, etc. Mold can even grow on clothing if the level of humidity in the air is high enough and the problem is allowed to persist. Mold is a type of fungus found in damp environments, which are its ideal medium for growth and reproduction. Mold spores can be very harmful to human health, especially for people who are the most vulnerable, such as children, the elderly, and those with allergies or respiratory problems.
If you detect any of the following three symptoms in your home, there is no room for denial: you have a humidity problem. These are the clearest and most characteristic signs that a solution must be found, before the problem gets worse: paint peeling from the walls, rotting wooden window frames, rust or oxidation on metal parts and objects, large stains from black mold, etc. These are the end results that must be avoided.
One clear symptom of humidity problems: condensation and mold on windows.
How to prevent excessive humidity
The symptoms of humidity problems described above are directly related to excessive humidity in the air inside your home. Controlling that moisture level in the air, and keeping it within an optimal range (between 40% and 50%), can prevent humidity problems in your home. And this can be done simply by acquiring some effective daily habits and using a moisture control product, which will allow you to create a healthier environment in your home.
What can be done to prevent excessive humidity? The main action you can take is to prevent moisture accumulating in the air. The most important step is to ventilate for 10 minutes each morning. If you are able to create moving air flows, that is even better. This promotes air renewal and prevents moisture from accumulating within a particular space or room. It is also important to use the extractor fan when cooking, to avoid drying clothing indoors, and to open the bathroom window a bit when showering.
Some very necessary assistance. A product that reduces excessive humidity will also be of great assistance. You don’t need an electric dehumidifier, which consumes electricity, generates noise, and requires constant emptying of its internal container. All you really need is a moisture control product from HUMYDRY. These are moisture absorbers that function using calcium chloride, a compound that absorbs excessive humidity from the air and transforms it into a liquid, which is then stored inside the product. These are products that do not require electricity, and most of them are refillable, which means that when the calcium chloride runs out, you simply need to put in a replacement after emptying the container. Easy to use, effective, and economical. There are HUMYDRY moisture absorbers designed for every space in your home: bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, basements, etc.