There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to
serious problems, such as mold. To keep moisture levels in check,
• Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor
and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going
at least a half hour after a shower.
• Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door sills, as
well as other intakes into the home, such as dryer vents and cable
• Determine the humidity level in your home. According to the
Environmental Protection Agency, it should be 30-60%. (Keep in
mind that humidity may vary greatly from room to room.)
• Regularly inspect caulking around sinks, tubs and showers. Even a
tiny break can cause water to leak gradually into the wall or floor,
causing damage you may not notice for months.
• Clean up wet spills as soon as possible. On hardwood floors
especially, water can seep through and become trapped.
• Repair leaking faucets, toilets and pipes immediately. A drip can
quickly become a shower.
Being mindful of moisture today can help you avoid potentially high repair
bills later on.