Causes of high humidity in your home!
Have you had enough of bubbling paint on your walls, mold build up on your ceilings and condensation spoiling your views? This week we will show the top 5 causes of humidity in the home and what can be done to prevent it.
Bathrooms are humid places, the moisture mixes with the air
as water vapour, it will eventually make contact with a cold surface, forming
droplets on things like mirrors or windows.
This is known as condensation. The hotter the water vapour,
the more moisture the air can hold. That’s why condensation becomes a bigger problem whenever you take a hot shower possibly forming mold in your bathroom.
REMEDY: To avoid mold development, it is recommended to cut down on the heat. Or, if you can’t live without hot showers, buy a dehumidifier to help prevent mold and condensation build up.
2. Boiling a kettle or cooking
Cooking or boiling a kettle will add humidity to your home as the water evaporates.
This will create condensation (without proper ventilation) causing your kitchen cabinets to become warped and potentially fall apart.
REMEDY: Installing a dehumidifier in your kitchen area could prevent warping of kitchen cupboards.
3. Drying laundry inside
A load of laundry can release up to 2 litres of extra water into the air.
You will find the water vapour will quickly appear on your windows as condensation or as damp on the walls.
REMEDY: To prevent this use a dehumidifier whilst drying your clothes. Not only would it prevent condensation, but it will also speed up the drying process.
4. Rising damp
Humidity occurs in indoor environments due to building related causes. Porous walls and leaks in the building are determinants for structural dampness due to elevated humidity levels.
Dampness tends to cause secondary damage to a building. The unwanted
moisture enables the growth of various fungi in wood, causing rot or mold. Plaster and paint may chip off as a result.
Externally, mortar may crumble, and salt stains may appear on the walls. In extreme cases, mortar or plaster may fall away from the affected wall. Various options are available to treat rising damp contact Banabatau Projects for assistance.
When working with building materials such as plaster cement and paint, it is important to leave enough time for each material to dry properly before resuming the work. If not, the material can remain humid on the inside causing problems with dampness at a later stage.
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