My partner Brianna and I moved in too our current home in Olympia, Wa, almost seven years ago now. We had made a move from Liberty Lake (just east of Spokane, Wa) to Olympia to live closer to both of our families.
Both she and I are originally from the Kent area, and our respective families still live near each other in the area. After moving into our *new* home in Olympia (built in the ’40s if I remember correctly), we realized there were going to be problems in need of dealing with — one of them being moisture intrusion or excessive moisture in the house during the Summer months, and excessive dryness in the winter.
To solve this problem of excess moisture we were now running into, I went and bought this bad boy —————————————->
I know not everyone owns a home or rents a house rather than an apartment or condo. Most definitely, not everyone is a home inspector or in a profession dealing with defects and issues within the systems of a home. With that being said, it is unreasonable to expect a homeowner to know everything to look for when assessing a home for defects or safety conditions that may exist.
One of the biggest problems is that even though a deficiency may be present within a system of the house, many times, it is difficult to see until it causes even more significant issues within the other systems. As a licensed and certified professional home inspector, I am trained to spot the clues and situations which will tell you when defects or deficiencies may be present in the home. I wasn’t always, though.
Unfortunately, because of this lack of knowledge, I didn’t realize the severity of our moisture problems until it was too late.
The ceiling in our laundry room had become so waterlogged, molded, and deteriorated, one weekend while we were out of the house, about half of the entire laundry room ceiling caved in. Thankfully no one was home to be injured in the collapse, but now we had a giant hole in the ceiling to go along with the excessive moisture problem. What the hell were we supposed to do then?!
To make a long, boring story very short, we ended up having the laundry room ceiling fixed along with a small leak from the PEX water line running through the attic, which also just so happened to have not been installed correctly. Now the ceiling had been repaired, how would we solve the root of the problem, excess moisture in the home?
We tried scrubbing the mold with a bleach solution to get rid of it. We made a homemade vinegar solution, as well as several other home remedy type solutions to try and get rid of the mold. Whatever we did, it just kept coming back. It was then at this point; it became apparent there was still too much moisture within the house, which needed to be reduced somehow.
I have been talking so far about moisture intrusion and excessive humidity and how they can potentially be extremely problematic for a house, but what about water is so problematic for the structure and function of a home, and what can be done about it?
The simplest explanation I can give you would be as follows – houses are typically made of wood (this also applies to houses made of other materials as well, just in different ways), and water causes wood to rot. Therefore water causes your home to “rot” or deteriorate as well.
Remember, this is only a straightforward and basic understanding of the problems excess moisture intrusion can have on a house. If you would like to learn more about moisture intrusion and its effects on a home, check out this article by Jarrett Ferris of SPS Inspections.
You can also refer to one of the older items I wrote and read the section on moisture control and indoor air quality for more information. You can also learn more from visiting our blog, “No Homes Left Behind.”
Now that we have a better understanding of moisture intrusion and some of the complications it can bring with it, how do we solve the issue?
Decrease the occurrence of respiratory system infections and symptoms associated with allergic reactions and also bronchial asthma by decreasing the formation of microorganisms and even viruses, fungi, as well as allergen.
Whether your house is in a dry region of the country, or an area with seasonal dryness, keeping the best degree of humidity can make all the difference in how comfortable you feel in your home. Many humidifiers even come with quiet operations and a sleep mode to aid in achieving said comfortability, just the same as with the best dehumidifiers of 2019.
Dishwasher safe filters make it easy for you to clean the filter on the humidifier. If you are feeling particularly fancy and/or in need of some serious humidification relief, you can even find some ultrasonic models!
If you decide to make use of a whole-house humidifier in your house, be cautioned: it’s not uncommon to trigger substantial damages to your residence. The loss incurred by whole-house humidifiers frequently outweighs the advantages of having one.
There are too many frost-covered attics, mold-covered attic rooms, messed up ceilings, and ruined windows to assume anything else. Thanks to the incorrect usage and also installment of entire residence humidifiers in areas where the weather condition can stay fresh for long periods, homeowners have a lot paid the rate. In every one of these instances, there’s a whole-house humidifier at work.
When outside temperatures plummet, the moisture, as well as humidity inside your residence, can swiftly drop from positive to parched. Replacing this moisture via warm and cool mist humidifiers can soothe a host of physical pains, from chapped skin to allergy symptoms to cold- and flu-related signs.
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Since humidifiers run for long periods, we assess their efficiency by calculating how much energy it needs for the unit to remove a gallon of water from the air. You may want to avoid brands, models, and types of humidifiers that do poorly on this examination because it will be more costly to effectively add the proper amount of moisture to the air. Also, the gallon tank size is important for how long you would like to be able to run the unit before it is at tank capacity.
The trick to maintaining a properly working humidifier is easy: Keep it tidy. You want one that’s simple to keep, drain, wash, and also dry daily. Weekly, eliminate any noticeable deposits with vinegar, decontaminate with a bleach remedy following the producer’s guidelines, and rinse extensively.
Do the same before and after keeping your humidifier running for the season. Regular, frequent cleaning is a must to make sure that the moisture the humidifier generates air that is safe to breathe.
Among the most significant problems is that even though a deficiency may be present within a system of your home, many times, it is hard to see up until it triggers a lot more substantial problems within the various other systems of your home.
Decrease the incidence of respiratory system infections as well as symptoms related to allergies as well as bronchial asthma by decreasing the development of bacteria and also even infections, fungi, and irritants by utilizing an area humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on your needs.
Whether your home remains in a completely dry area of the nation, or an area with only seasonal dryness, keeping the most effective level of humidity can make all the difference in just how comfy you feel in your home. Many humidifiers and dehumidifiers alike also include quiet operations and a rest setting to assist in achieving stated comfortability.
Dishwasher safe, risk-free filters make it very easy for you to clean the filter on the humidifier. The loss incurred by whole-house humidifiers frequently exceeds the advantages of having one. There are too many frost-covered attic rooms, mold-covered attic room rooms, screwed up ceilings, and ruined windows caused by improper installation and use of whole-home humidifiers to assume anything else.
Replacing the muggy wetness and extreme dryness of your home through warm and cool mist humidifiers as well as a good dehumidifier when needed can calm a host of physical discomforts, from chapped skin to allergy symptoms to cold- and flu-related symptoms.