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Moisture in Walls? Find an Easy Fix

Moisture in Walls? Find an Easy Fix

It’s nice to live in a temperate climate and to enjoy the variable weather conditions. Rain is not always pleasant but we need it to survive and accept it in our daily lives. We always try and maintain a perfect temperature within our homes, even though the building is constantly being attacked by the elements. Conditions indoor and outdoor are often very different and it is not unusual to see moisture in walls over time, a problem we need to tackle.

As there are a number of different ways that dampness can enter your home, moisture in walls can be quite a difficult problem to solve. There are a number of solutions, but first you need to find the cause. The obvious place to start is to look for rainwater that may be penetrating through poorly sealed or finished walls, leaking roofs or pooling outside along the base somewhere. Check your window and door frames as well.

Did you know that it is possible to add up to 15 gallons of water per day to the air inside your home just by living? Not only do we see moisture in walls but we also see it on the surface and on ceilings and due to the naturally occurring moisture caused by cooking, showering, doing laundry, etc. Indoor moisture is a fact of life.

Get used to the fact that moisture in walls can come from both the inside and the outside. Pay particular attention to connections around plumbing fixtures and look for leaks in your air conditioning duct work that will themselves attract a good deal of moisture.

Know that if you are living in an area with daily summer storms or if your house is located near to a retention pond, watershed or an otherwise damp area, water may well be drawn up from the surrounding subsoil into your house. This can be a primary cause of water moisture in walls.

Moisture in walls is quite normal up to a certain extent and you should get used to the fact that you will always find an element of it. A lot of this evaporates when wet weather finally gives way to dry and it is released as part of this natural cycle. Just keep an eye and take appropriate action if you need to.

Very often the solution to moisture in walls is an easy one. Just get what is known as a hurricane sock and place it in your basement, around windows or doors. These simple items can prevent any damage and mold accumulation and they can hold up to a gallon of water or at any time! The exterior of the sock is made of a very strong nylon material and it is filled with super absorbent polypropylene. In this way it will conform to any surface.

Nobody likes to get down on their hands and knees with a mop and a bucket of water when they find dampness or mold accumulation caused by moisture in walls. Appropriately placed hurricane socks will get round this problem for you and you can put them in a variety of places, such as around the washing machine, cabinets, window frames, doors, basement walls or water heaters.