Leaks, spills, puddles, and high humidity can be your home’s worst nightmare. Water damage can become expensive and laborious to fix and mold can take root. This is a quick checklist for preventing the intrusion and accumulation of moisture in and around your home.
Inside your home
- Keep indoor relative humidity below 60% – ideally between 30% to 50%. Humidity meters can be as inexpensive as $10.
- Stoves, clothes dryers, and ventilators are sources of moisture. Keep them clean and unobstructed.
- When cooking, open a window or turn on the exhaust fan. Clean or replace dirty and dusty filters. Also, when showering, crack open the bathroom window or turn on the bathroom fan.
- If you have an in-sink garbage disposal, use it regularly to keep your kitchen sink drainage optimal and prevent pooling.
- Look under your kitchen sink and behind your refrigerator for stains or moist surfaces. There may be a leak or an obstruction.
- Weatherstripping and flashing around fenestration should be examined and repaired to prevent water and air leakage.
- If you have a basement or utility room, look at pipes, duct work, or openings in the wall. If there is moisture, something isn’t sealed well or isn’t being vented sufficiently.
Outside your home
- Clean your gutters and downspouts. Good roof drainage protects your siding and foundation. Rainwater should be drained and redirected at least 5 feet away from your foundation to ground that does not pool.
- After a heavy rain, walk around the perimeter of your house to see if your gutters and downspouts drainage systems are performing fine. Water can be dammed up by obstructions.
- Don’t let your water sprinklers hit your home’s siding.
- Tree limbs and leaves hold moisture. If they are close to the roof, they can hold moisture in your shingles or direct it to your siding and windows.
- If your shingles are curling or roof tile is cracked or missing, it’s time to do something about it. Water can penetrate your roof and accumulate in your ceiling and walls.