SIGNS A HOUSE WILL HAVE HUMIDITY PROBLEMS
By: Diamond Head Inspection Services, LLC
Indoor humidity in a home is not a pleasant situation to be in, especially here in Texas. The ideal humidity for comfort in a home in Texas is between 35 and 50 percent. Let’s face it, anything outside of these levels can be very uncomfortable. If the humidity levels are too high or too low, this can mean health problems. It can also mean big repair bills and high utility costs as well. If you are concerned about moisture in your home or do not know who to contact, below are some signs you might need to schedule a home inspector to verify the problem and pinpoint the source.
- Window Condensation
Condensation occurs when warm, moist indoor air comes in contact with a cooler surface, i.e., the window. Temperature will drop in turn changing its state from vapor to a liquid. When this occurs, the window will then fog up. This can be mistaken for a faulty window seal, however. Faulty seals in windows are easy to repair today due to the way windows are made just by replacing the glass. Aside from faulty window seals however, it could be a plumbing leak, roof leak, or poor insulation. Regardless, this moisture will evaporate in the home as humidity.
Mold is a type of fungus that thrives in warm, moist areas inside and outside your home. Mold is not directly harmful to humans, however allergies from mold are fairly common. People with these allergies will get headaches, runny or stuffy noses, coughing, itchiness around the eyes, and skin rashes. Let’s not forget about the people with auto-immune disorders. They will be affected worse. If mold is spotted and that musty odor is noticed, it is likely you have a moisture problem.
- Peeling Paint & Drywall Damage
High humidity leads to moisture building up on your walls. These walls then absorb this moisture eventually causing the paint to blister and bulge. The paint may not be the only part of the wall that will be affected though. The drywall behind the paint is made up of a thick paper that protects the compressed gypsum particles that make up the drywall. When the paper absorbs this moisture, it will start to peel and cause the gypsum material to fall apart.
If you suspect your home has excess moisture and want a home inspector you can trust, contact Diamond Head Inspection Services, LLC. in Cedar Park, TX. We are fully licensed and insured and have been in the construction and mechanical business for 36 years. We offer a full service home inspection company including a free termite inspection and appliance Recall Check FREE with every home inspection. Many other services are available with discounts. We are built on trust, integrity, and ensuring our clients have solid information before purchasing the largest investment of their lives. Learn more on our website or call (737)600-2949 to schedule your home inspection today.
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