Water is the #1 enemy of your home. It is caused by leaks and condensation, which is when warm moist air meets a cold surface. Water and frost on the windows is a visible example of condensation. Moisture may also collect in the attic and inside the exterior walls and controlling moisture in your home is the best way to prevent mould. Mould could damage the house structure, your possessions and/or your health.
Causes of moisture coming into your home could be from one or many sources. Ventilating your house with warm outdoor air, evaporation from showers, washing dishes and clothes, cooking, aquariums, inappropriate use of humidifiers, earth floor basements, inadequate heat to parts of the house, high swings in temperature, poor air circulation, poor quality windows, poorly maintained air conditioner, poor grading around the house, poor insulation and a cool basement could all result in a moisture problem. What to look for if you suspect a moisture problem could be present in your home: damp floors, white powdery stains on concrete, stains on carpet, condensation on windows, rotting window sills, damp smell, mould on joists and stored items, dripping cold water pipes, or peeling paint or wallpaper.