In the northeast, we wait with hope for spring to come early and temperatures to rise. A January thaw is always welcome but can create moisture and humidity in and around your home. Moisture is not a homeowner’s friend and can be a haven for pests, mold, and insect infestations.
Why is moisture such a problem?
Most of our customers would probably believe that bugs and pests exist in their home because of food availability. Leaving open food containers, crumbs on the counter, or kids eating snacks in their bedrooms. Water is an excellent motivator for pests and bugs, and many can survive longer without food than water.
Here are some of the pests and bugs that are significantly motivated to locate a moisture source in and around your home to live and breed:
Moisture also damages wood and softens paper and drywall, producing an entryway and refuge for destructive bugs and pests.
How did I get mold in my home?
Mold can exist in even the cleanest of homes. During the thaws of winter and the approaching spring, previously undetected leaky roofs and decaying wood can breed a moldy environment. Mold absolutely loves your basement and attic! Dark corners and storage or utility closets are sanctuaries starting with a little moisture, turning to mold, then decay and rot.
Cleaning up the mold is only half the battle. You need to find the root cause of the moisture issue and access. Mold grows inside the material, instead of just on the surface, and so you can’t remove it entirely unless you eradicate the mold and its source. For example, mold grows:
- On drywall
- Behind walls
- On and under furniture
- In insulation
Be vigilant and inspect your home regularly, especially after heavy rain or snow. It will be worth your time. Contact us if you find any sign of mold. Visit our page on Mold Remediation for more information.
How do I get rid of excess moisture in my home?
- Monitor your humidity levels, especially in the basement area. Invest in a dehumidifier.
- Plumbing problems are so often the culprit for moist and damp areas within a home. Check for leaking pipes, cracked and peeling caulk, and leaky toilets.
- Engage your sense of smell. Wet areas can create mold and rot quickly. When you are in your basement, be aware of that moldy smell and don’t disregard it.
- Mold can be found under bathroom and kitchen sinks, especially in guest bathrooms that are not frequently used. Leaky pipes and faucets could go undetected.
How do I get rid of moisture problems outside of my home?
- Gutters, especially clogged gutters, create standing water- the perfect home for mosquitoes, cockroaches, and other pests.
- Standing water from clogged gutters may cause wood to rot and welcome termites and carpenter ants.
- Inspect your landscaping to ensure proper drainage away from your home.
- Trim bushes and trees away from growing against or on your home, shed, or garage.
- Sprinkler systems can spring leaks and create standing water. Always service your sprinkler system to ensure it is properly functioning.
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