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Condensation Problems Can Cause Mold Growth
Condensation occurs when warm water vapors, such as steam, turn into small droplets of water as it comes into contact with a surface that is cooler.
It’s never a good thing when a homeowner discovers condensation in their home. A little moisture on your windows or even your walls doesn’t seem like it could be too important, but condensation is a sign of problems, either now or in the near future.
There is even some condensation you may not see, because it can accumulate on fabrics, carpets or even clothing and is absorbed, leaving the item damp.
Why is it a problem?
Because it originates inside your home, it has been called “The enemy from within”.
When condensation forms and is allowed to continue, meaning the reason for its existence isn’t dealt with, it can cause destruction in your home that can be very costly:
- Structural damage to your roof
- Warped wood
- Wood rot
- Peeling or blistering paint
- Energy loss
- Mold growth and damage
Which is the Biggest Problem?
In my opinion, the damage to your home, your belongings and your health caused by mold growth is the biggest problem that condensation can cause.
Mold thrives on warm damp surfaces. As the moisture from condensation, that takes place on a regular basis, remains, organic surfaces absorb the dampness. Mold spores, that are always floating in the air, have the opportunity to take hold and begin growing and reproducing.
You may think that the moisture on your windows won’t effect other parts of your home, but if the moisture is allowed to remain, it is the prelude to mold.
The Key to Condensation Control…
Control your humidity level:
- Make sure your attic and crawlspace is ventilated properly
- Periodically open your fireplace damper and your windows to improve ventilation
- Keep warm, moist air out of the house by always using ventilation fans in the bathrooms and kitchen.
- Don’t “air” dry your laundry indoors.
- Use a dehumidifier
When you realize that even your breath can cause condensation, I would say overall, good ventilation is the key.
If you have a condensation problem, chances are you also have a mold problem…