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

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Common Places for Moisture: Basement Moisture Issues

Improper construction or maintenance, lack of landscaping or improper grading and lack of and rain gutters can also contribute to basement moisture 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 crawl space.

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 duct work.

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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