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A Handy Guide To Dealing With Moisture In Your Indianapolis Home

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Pest control isn’t just about focusing on keeping pests out, it’s about addressing the factors that can attract pest populations to your property. Moisture is a big one, responsible for providing pests with hydration and easy access to homes. Learning how you can address moisture issues with the help of professionals will also help you prevent pest populations from ever forming.

How Moisture Builds In Your Home

Moisture control isn’t just about the pipes in your walls and floors. While proper plumbing and promptly addressing leaks is an important part of it, moisture builds up in the home in any number of ways, many of which are common and daily occurrences in any home.

  • Weather: The water particles in the air all around us comes from the sky, so the weather influences our internal humidity a lot more than you might think. Every gust from outside, through windows or an opening door, contributes to the moisture content in the air.
  • Showers: Daily showers are an important part of proper hygiene, but also result in steamy environments in bathrooms that can travel throughout the house.
  • Cooking: Steam from cooking can also cause a buildup of water that, without proper ventilation, can increase the humidity of our homes.
  • Plumbing: Aside from the moisture that builds in the air, the water that comes directly from your pipes can also contribute to water damage within walls and floors. Address leaks quickly and routinely get inspections to make sure problems don’t compound.

What’s So Bad About A Little Moisture?

You might be asking yourself that by now, what with all the talk of how moisture can result from so many different activities and factors. Well, the problem is that water gradually builds up, often without us noticing it. The vapor in the air leads to droplets forming on walls and floors, which can lead to mold, mildew, and, in extreme cases, structural damage. Not only does moisture buildup result in problems directly, but it’s also a huge attractant for local pest populations, which rely on moisture traces to survive.

Moisture Control Measures For Your Home

Because water pools in certain areas of our homes, it’s important to address moisture buildup before it leads to these larger issues. Here are some things to be mindful of around your home:

  • Ventilation: To prevent water from hanging in the air, you have to move the air around and out of your house quickly. That requires fans and proper ventilation, especially in rooms like bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Dehumidifiers: There are standing units or household systems that can be professionally installed to filter water particles out of the air.
  • Humidity watch: On especially humid days, consider avoiding activities like boiling water, doing laundry, or steam cleaning that might increase the water levels in the air.
  • Carpeting: Rugs and carpeting contain porous surfaces that act like sponges, sucking up the moisture in the air and then spewing them back up via evaporation. This helps keep moisture levels high inside of homes.

Let The Pros Help

While there are some things you can do around your home to help with moisture control, there are a lot of factors that are out of your control that results in dampness. To avoid attracting pests and other issues because of moisture, turn to experts for guidance on how you can address them. At Action Pest Control, we can inspect your home for signs of water damage or problem areas where moisture might be building up. Not only does this help you formulate a plan for addressing these problems, we offer other solutions that help prevent and limit moisture buildup and pest populations.

Get started on proper moisture control for your home right away, starting with a call to Action Pest Control.