Lately Muth & Company crews have been fielding and inspecting a lot of homes with moisture issues in walls, ceilings and windows. We have found that many of these problems are being caused by a surprising factor: humidifiers being set too high. During the Ohio winter, humidifiers come in handy to moisten dry air that results from the constant use of home heating systems. This dry air can dry out and irritate your eyes, throat and lungs. Dry skin is another problem.
However, humidifiers can cause another set of problems if overused. If the humidity is too high in a home, mold and dust mites may thrive. Both are common causes of allergies. Mold also causes an unpleasant smell and can discolor surfaces. Here are other problems that result from the overuse of humidifiers.
- Water stains on walls and ceilings
- Condensation on windows during the winter
- Mildew growing in the bathroom
- Mold growing in the corner of a closet, kitchen or bathroom
- Peeling, cracking or blistering paint
How Much Humidity is OK
The Environmental Protection Agency states that ideal indoor humidity levels can vary, but generally should be less than 60% and ideally between 30-50%. To determine exactly how much humidity is in your home, you can purchase an inexpensive hygrometer at a hardware store. This is a special thermometer that can measure the amount of moisture in the air. If the moisture levels of most rooms in your home fall in the recommended range, you don’t need to use a humidifier.
Remember that everyday living contributes a significant amount of moisture to indoor air. Cooking three meals a day adds four to five pints of water to the air. Each shower contributes a half-pint. Even washing dishes, mopping floors and doing laundry adds moisture to indoor air.
Other Causes of Water Damage
There are many other causes of moisture problems in a home, specifically roof leaks and improper attic ventilation. The Columbus, Ohio, roofing experts at Muth & Company Roofing can conduct a thorough inspection of your home to narrow down the cause of moisture damage, and provide prompt roof repair in Columbus if needed. Give us a call today at (614) 682-3060.