Residential or commercial property, moisture control is inevitable to the proper functioning. Regulating moisture is vital to ensure the optimum wellbeing of the inhabitant and the building. Abnormal moisture levels are a common problem in buildings. Excessive moisture plagues both residential and commercial properties throughout the United States.
Abnormal moisture levels posses a headache for the inhabitants, building owners, and the maintenance staff. Inefficient design, construction, and maintenance are the main reasons that trigger frequent shifts in moisture levels. Some of the severe threats due to abnormal moisture levels in buildings are:
- Moist conditions can trigger and catalyze the chemical reaction between building materials, including wiring, metal roofing, and conditional coils. High moisture levels can lead to corrosion or failure of adhesive embedded structures such as roofing
- High moisture concentration can also switch water-soluble building materials such as gypsum board to deteriorate
- Surfaces with paint or varnishes are affected by moisture over time.
- Wooden floors and panels tend to swell or rot due to frequent changes in moisture levels
- Mold, bacterial, and pest growth
Mold growth and moisture control are among the most common headaches faced by property owners throughout the United States.
Damp conditions left unchecked can lead to pests, mold, and bacterial growth within the building materials and HVAC systems.
Mold usually appears as microbial growth on building materials and furnishings as the wet condition prolongs the indoor concentration of microbial contaminants increase.
Studies have long recognized that exposure to a higher concentration of microbial contaminants, including mold spores, mycelia fragments, and other bacterial spores and fragments, can trigger adverse health effects. Asthma, bronchitis, and itchy eyes are some common health concerns triggered by mold exposure. The precise nature of the relationship between moisture levels and mold growth is not entirely understood; however, in 2004, the US Institute of medicine drew a link between the health concerns related to upper respiratory tracts and damp buildings.
Moisture and mold problems are expensive
As per Berkeley Lab, approximately $3.5 billion is spent on asthma-related medical costs annually in the United States. Furthermore, mold and moisture can cost you big in the following ways:
- Cost to repair or replace damaged furnishing and other indoor materials within your house such as carpets, wooden panels, walls.
- Reduced or absence of productivity due to comfort problems and health concerns such as asthma
- Increase insurance charges and risks relating to replacing of deteriorated structure or corroded materials within the buildings
- Risk of further damages while replacing or rebuilding the deteriorated structures or properties
Water damage is the prime suspect that triggers moisture level fluctuations and mold growth. It is often not easily visible, such as the plumbing leaks or flood that creates the problem, but the invisible leaks or leaks in crawl spaces become headaches.
For example, an adhesive positioning the tiles in your bathroom might not secure properly if the tile is damp. The condition often goes unnoticed and eventually leads to mold growth.
Controlling liquid water movement is a crucial strategy when it comes to regulating mold and moisture in buildings. Look for cracks or crevices in your house’s structures, and keep an eye out for penetrations commonly found on walls and roofs. When it comes to water leaks, foresee scenarios and act quickly.
Addressing water leaks, abnormal moisture levels, and mold growth concerns requires professional assistance. This is where Titan Restoration can be your trusted restoration partner. With over a decade of experience and expertise handling fluctuating moisture levels and mold growth concerns, we are here to help you with any property construction, remodeling, and damage-related concerns.