Moisture is good for the ground, as it helps plants and flowers grow. It’s great for lakes, rivers, and other bodies of water. There’s one place that you don’t want to have moisture though: inside your home. Water can enter your home by leaking or by seeping through basement floors. Showers can add moisture to the air.
In colder weather, air cannot hold as much moisture as it does in warmer weather. This is why you might see moisture on surfaces, such as water drops on a window. This can cause mildew and fungus to form.
This moisture can also attract pests. Mosquitoes lay eggs in water. Other insects and rodents rely on water for survival. A wet home is more likely to have a pest infestation than a dry one.
Because of this, keeping your home clean and dry is very important. If you don’t want pests taking up residence in your home, then you need to do your part. Here are some DIY moisture control tips to prevent pest infestations.
Invest in a dehumidifier, especially if you live in a humid climate. Tennessee is one of the most humid states if that helps sway your decision. A dehumidifier can help maintain the ideal indoor humidity level (30-50%).
Use Air Purifiers
An air purifier is another appliance to consider. Air purifiers with HEPA filters can help remove particles that may carry moisture, such as dust and mildew spores.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
You can remove moisture from your home by ensuring proper ventilation. Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture, especially during bathing or cooking.
Insulate Your Home
Make sure your home is properly insulated and sealed to prevent condensation and moisture buildup. Windows and doors should be well-sealed to prevent air and moisture leaks. Crawl spaces and basements should be properly sealed and insulated to prevent moisture infiltration. You may need to put a plastic cover over dirt in crawlspaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground.
Consider waterproofing vulnerable areas in your home, such as the basement or foundation, so that water does not enter the home.
Fix any water leaks inside your home promptly, whether it’s a dripping faucet, a leaking roof, or plumbing issues. These can lead to significant moisture problems and make your home more attractive to pests.
Maintain HVAC Systems
Ensure your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are well-maintained. Heaters and air conditioners should be cleaned regularly. Filters should also be changed.
Consider Storm Windows
Storm windows are windows that are mounted outside or inside of the main glass windows of a house. They offer extra wind protection, which can be helpful with Tennessee’s windy seasons. These windows can also help with insulation since they keep moisture out and cold air in.
Use Area Rugs
Carpet can absorb moisture, which can cause fungus and mildew to grow right in your home. It can be very difficult to clean and you may not even notice it until it’s a huge problem. Instead, use area rugs, which can be removed and cleaned often.
Keep Interior Doors Open
Increase circulation in your home by keeping interior doors open. This includes any doors between bedrooms, bathrooms, and other rooms.
Regularly inspect and clean your gutters to ensure they are free from debris and functioning properly. Clogged gutters can lead to water seepage.
If you have a green thumb or want to add some decor to your home, consider houseplants. They can help absorb excess humidity. Do some research and choose the plants that are suitable for your indoor environment.
Ensure Proper Storage
Keep items that are sensitive to moisture, such as clothing and books, in dry storage areas or containers with moisture-absorbing materials. That way, they won’t get wet and mildewy.
Monitor for Mildew and Fungus
Regularly inspect your home for signs of mildew and fungus growth, such as musty odors or visible spots. If you find mildew and fungus, address it immediately.
Contact Us Today for Tennessee Moisture Control Tips and Tricks
Pests are attracted to moisture. By keeping your home and yard dry, you can avoid pest infestations. Try these DIY moisture control tips for homes. If you still find you’re having issues ridding your home of pests, you can count on the team at Golden Circle Exterminators to help you treat your house for insects, rodents, and other pests. Contact us today and get peace of mind. Call our office at (731) 200-1271 to schedule a free inspection.