The Danger of Moisture in the Home

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There’s a reason nobody likes the “m” word: moist. When it comes to your home, moisture is a big problem. Not only can moisture in the home compromise structural integrity, but it can also lead to mold growth and musty smells. Have you noticed excess moisture in your house? There are several things that can cause high humidity and dampness. Here’s what might be causing moisture in your home, why it’s an issue, and potential solutions.

What Causes Moisture in the Home? 

  • Damp basements and crawl spaces
  • Clogged gutters and drainage issues 
  • Water leaks or a damaged roof 
  • Long, hot showers 
  • Dishwashers and clothes dryers 
  • Malfunctioning air conditioning or humidistat
  • Improper ventilation 

Why Moisture Is Bad News 

Having excess moisture in the home doesn’t just cause high humidity and discomfort. Unfortunately, it also leads to several other potentially serious concerns:

Mold & Mildew Growth 

If left unchecked, moisture can lead to mold and mildew growth. And not only is mold difficult to remove, but it also often comes with a musty smell and can cause significant health issues. 

Health Issues

Mold isn’t just a cosmetic concern. Exposure to mold is linked to asthma, coughing, trouble breathing, upper respiratory issues, and other health problems. Not to mention, it’s more dangerous to children, the elderly, and those with autoimmune diseases. Fixing moisture issues is one way to help improve air quality to prevent future health problems.

Reduces Energy Efficiency 

High humidity and moisture in the home reduce energy efficiency, bringing up utility bills. As heating and cooling make up nearly 48% of home energy costs, you can help save money by lowering the amount of moisture in your home. 

Structural Issues 

Moisture control issues can indicate water leaks, which might signal that there’s hidden damage somewhere. Check for signs of water damage to see if there might be a deeper problem worth inspecting. Water damage can cause sagging floors and structural issues if not addressed promptly. 

Addressing Moisture Control Issues 

There are several ways to go about addressing moisture control issues. At Managed Services Group, we offer customizable solutions to fix humidity and moisture problems, including:  

  • Basement Waterproofing 
  • Crawlspace Encapsulation 
  • Gutter Cleaning, Repair, & Replacement
  • Vapor Barrier Installation 
  • Mold Treatment
  • Crawl Space Insulation
  • Ventilation  
  • Dehumidifier Installation & Repair

If you’re having issues with moisture in the home, reach out to the licensed contractors at Managed Services Group today for a free estimate!

Since 2008, Managed Services Group has provided comprehensive moisture control and basement waterproofing services to homeowners throughout the Greater Richmond area. As a licensed and insured Class A contractor, we have the experience and knowledge to back up our passion for home improvement. Give us a call today at 804-972-3007 (434-299-9382 for Charlottesville) for a free estimate. We’ll schedule an inspection with you, make a recommendation, and, in most cases, give you an estimate right on the spot.