Why It Is Important to Dry Damp or Moist Walls

Homeowners know that keeping your house in good condition requires quite a bit of maintenance. From the roof to the windows to the foundation, it seems like there’s no shortage of projects to take on when things go wrong. One thing that a lot of people overlook, however, is the state of the walls. Sure, it’s easy to paint and decorate them, but did you know that you need to keep an eye on the moisture levels of those walls? If not, we’ve got a few tips and tricks for why you should keep those damp or moist walls completely dry.

The Dangers of Moisture

As some of the largest and most visible square footage in your home, your walls should not be neglected. One of the most common issues that come up with walls is the presence of unwanted moisture. Moisture may seem like a small issue, but it can create even bigger problems in the home.

First of all, damp walls mean that the interior of those walls are also likely suffering from dampness. And because most homes in the United States are built with wooden frames, this means that moisture is getting into that wood. This can cause rot and weakness in the frame of the house, which could compromise the structural integrity of your home. Keeping your walls dry means you’re keeping the insides of the walls dry as well.

Another danger of moisture in the home is that it can lead to the presence and propagation of mildew and mold. If you live in a particularly humid area, this is something you especially need to look out for. Mildew can take hold rather quickly and spread just as fast. You’ll need to pay attention to the walls in every room in the house, but pay close attention to kitchens, bathrooms, and closets. The constant moisture, heat, and darkness (in the closet) all contribute to the perfect environment for mildew to grow.

How to Stay Dry

Keeping your walls dry is of the utmost importance if you are trying to get rid of mildew or if you just want to prevent it in the first place. You’re going to need to take a few simple actions to get your home as dry as it can be. Here are a few tips:

  • Seal up your basement. Because basements are lower into the ground, they will naturally have more moisture, so do your best to seal up any cracks and crevices, especially around any windows. Don’t forget to check outside to make sure your gutters aren’t dropping water directly into the basement.
  • Vent the dryer outside. All that air coming out of the dryer is hot and moist; allowing that air into your washroom means you’re letting mildew find a great home. Instead, route that vent outside.
  • Use the air conditioner. Warm air loves moisture, so you need to get rid of it. A good A/C system will take in warm, moist air, cool it down and dry it, and then release it back to the home.
  • Use a dehumidifier. These handy devices will suck the moisture right out of the air in any room.
  • Keep the shower curtain closed. In other words, keep it stretched out. Keeping it open (pushed together on one side of the shower) keeps moisture attached and allows mildew to grow.
  • Clean your kitchen. Mildew has to feed on something, and there are tons of nutrients all around your kitchen for it to eat. After you cook, make sure to wipe down your counters as well as the walls around where you do your cooking. Even grease splatters can give mildew enough food to grow!

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