Top 3 Common Places for Moisture in Your Home
Dampness in your home can lead to
mold and mildew growth, and in addition to being a
health hazard, moldy conditions have the potential to cause rot, structural damage,
and premature paint failure. According to the
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best way to control
mold growth is moisture control; and the three most common places for moisture in
your home include your attic, crawl space, and basement. Take a look below
at the 3 most common places for moisture to see what could potentially
be causing your moisture issue.
Common Places for Moisture: Attic Moisture Issues
Attic moisture problems can lead to mold, mildew, or other biological growth.
The absence of proper attic ventilation fosters attic mold growth by allowing
moisture to become trapped in the attic.
Moldy attic conditions
could lead to rot, structural damage, and a variety of health problems
for susceptible individuals. Attic moisture issues most commonly stem
from a lack of:
- Improper mechanical ventilation
- Lack of attic insulation or proper attic ventilation
Common Places for Moisture: Basement Moisture Issues
Improper construction or maintenance, lack of
or improper grading and lack of and rain gutters can also contribute to
control issues. In addition, the lack of a basement ventilation system
and/or basement dehumidifier can contribute to basement moisture issues.
The most common basement moisture culprits include:
- Improper exterior grading
- Insufficient guttering or downspouts
- Lack of air circulation or conditioning
- Cooler surface temperatures below grade
Common Places for Moisture : Crawl Space Moisture Issues
Many crawl spaces have exposed earthen floors, which can allow ground moisture
to seep out from underneath your home and increase the humidity levels.
Improper grading and lack of rain gutters can also contribute to common
places for moisture control issues by allowing unwanted rain or ground
water to enter the
Common signs of moisture
crawl space issues include wood rot, termite damage, hardwood flooring "cupping,"
and visible mold growth in the crawl space and condensation on
The Unexpected Moisture Issues
Although unexpected moisture issues are not ideal, check out our visit
with KATV's morning show discussing how homeowners can minimize flood
damage and protect their homes from future flooding.
More info? For more information about
common places for moisture in your home, check out our related post:
Crawlspace Moisture Problems.
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