Monroe is a great place to: raise a family, go antiquing and enjoy all four seasons. While we love the lifestyle and the mild winters, summer midday temperatures reach into the 90s. Since humidity levels are generally 85 to 90% during July and August, many people find this the most uncomfortable aspect of North Carolina. Not only do people suffer, so can your home.
High humidity is more likely in the summer because warm air holds in moisture better than cold air. In the evenings when the temperature cools down, the air can no longer hold in the moisture and it gathers on walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Condensation is water that forms when warm, moist air hits a cooler surface. This water can then cause damage to the absorbent surfaces such as drywall and wood.
Look around the windows on the walls, sills, and window frames. If you notice discoloration or weakness in the materials, you have suffered water damage and will need to call the water damage restoration experts.
Risks Of Mold
Mold spores are always in the air. A late summer problem is that high humidity can foster a rapid increase in mold and mildew growth, even leading to smelly mold in your carpeting. While most molds are not toxic, sensitive people will have aggravated lungs, noses and eyes. For the immunocompromised, the health risks can be even more serious.
Moisture can also cause mechanical problems. When humidity settles on toilet tanks, water pipes, HVAC systems, and other mechanical objects, it can slowly cause rust. When humidity settles on toilet tanks, water pipes, HVAC systems, and other mechanical objects, metal parts rust. Then, even worse, these failed parts break and can lead to broken lines and even more water damage.
Effective Humidity Control Measures You Can Take
You can manage excess humidity during the humid months with these tips:
Install (and USE!) exhaust fans in the high moisture areas like the bathroom, laundry room, and kitchen. Just imagine how much water is released when you boil a pot of pasta.
Be diligent about closing up the home before it rains.
Maintain your HVAC unit for proper drainage. Consider installing a float switch on your air conditioner if it does not have one already. This switch will shut down the air conditioner in case it overflows with water again.
Shorten time in the shower to reduce condensation then leave the door open to allow airflow. Keep the door open at least 15 minutes after showering.
Limit your tropical style houseplants, they release moisture (transpire) directly into the air. Try succulents in the sunny spots.
Run a residential dehumidifier in high moisture areas.
While we can’t help influence the weather, we can help you protect your most valuable asset- your Monroe home. Let our water damage restoration experts at Restoration 1 be your trusted partner. We have years of experience bringing water damaged materials back to like new condition. Maybe even more important, we will find and repair the original problem that caused the damage. We provide certified water damage restoration services in Greater Charlotte.
At Restoration 1, our water damage restoration team designs a plan for your home to ensure your property is 100% dry by using the best equipment in the industry. As soon as you discover a leak or water damage, call our water damage restoration experts.
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- ASHLEYT M.
November 22 2018
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