The best of us can suffer from high humidity levels inside our homes, especially during winter. While it’s the season to be warm and cosy indoors, if we’re not careful, cranking up the insulation to an all-time high can have consequences for the health of our home.
If you’ve been using the heater a lot and you’re noticing a bit of a musty smell, it may pay to look around your house and catch these warning signs of condensation and damp areas before they get worse.
1. Condensation on windows
One of the biggest indications of excessive moisture in the home is the buildup of condensation on the inside window panes. While a small ribbon of condensation at the bottom of windows is normal, a window that’s largely covered with condensation or frost on most days indicates potential moisture issues.
Understandably, no one wants to let cold air in when you’re trying to heat up a room. If you don’t currently have a good home ventilation system, it does pay to naturally ventilate your home by popping the windows open regularly to let the stale, damp air escape – even in winter. You can ventilate the lounge areas overnight by leaving windows slightly ajar, and keeping your room window a smidge open overnight also helps air out the heat and damp without compromising warmth.
2. Stains and other water damage
Dark, damp patches on walls and ceilings are clear indications of moisture issues. These wet patches or discoloured stains are a sign of ‘rising damp’, a form of dampness that occurs when groundwater rises up through walls. Rusting nails or screws near the skirting boards are also indicative of rising damp. The water that seeps into the walls can come from leaks or other drainage defects.
Damp stains can damage wall coverings, peel wallpaper, and blister paint, all of which can be caused by excessive indoor moisture. Any woodwork that shows signs of rotting and other damage can also be a sign of high humidity levels.
3. Mould and mildew
Early growth of mould and mildew can appear as darker stains and patches or as black or grey speckled marks. They can grow in every corner of the house, including the walls, ceilings, near the windows, in the bathroom, and even on furniture and soft furnishings. Black mould also grows on the inside of curtains, blinds, and upholstered surfaces such as sofas.
Moisture issues should be addressed before mould and mildew can grow and multiply. Even when moulds die, spores can regenerate new colonies with enough water from the air. For the healthiest home, the best method is to control humidity and condensation levels throughout the year.
Hometech – Fighting Damp and Moisture with Home Ventilation Systems
Is your home suffering from any of these symptoms of damp or excessive moisture? In a majority of homes, the lack of a good ventilation system causes damp issues. The ventilation experts here at Hometech provide Kiwis with cost-effective and tailored solutions to ensure your home remains dry and healthy. For more information, contact the team today at 0800 466 383!