Moisture from accumulated water or vapor can be a big threat, sometimes without you even knowing. If not addressed quickly, there is potential for major damage to your home. If left alone, moisture can even threaten your health if it starts to create mold and mildew. Protect your house, and yourself, by checking these common trouble spots:
1. Leaky pipes are common in kitchens, bathrooms and utility rooms. Sometimes the leak is seeping, rather than an obvious drip. The first sign may be a mildew smell or a discoloration of the walls. To seal up leaks: tighten loose pipes, replace cracked piping, and use waterproof caulk.
2. Poor ventilation in cooking or showering areas can create a moisture on ceilings. Fans should be used during and at least five minutes after showering or cooking.
3. Attic moisture can occur where the roof meets any vents, chimneys, skylights or some other opening. When the roof shingles become saturated, the water seeps into the attic. This space between your roof and ceiling can be a habitat for mold growth if water is present. Have a qualified contractor inspect your roof to identify areas needing repair.