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Moisture buildup is an inevitable part of daily life.

From cooking to showering, our activities contribute to indoor humidity levels. An average family of four can produce up to 18 litres of moisture a day through activities like cooking, bathing, and even just breathing!

But unless it is effectively ventilated out, this moisture will eventually settle on cold surfaces as condensation. Therefore, how we manage this moisture is crucial for maintaining a healthy living environment. Let’s delve into some practical tips to effectively control and adjust for moisture-related issues in our homes.

Understanding Moisture Creation

Moisture is generated in various ways within our homes. Apart from the obvious sources like cooking and bathing, even our breathing and indoor drying of clothes contribute to humidity buildup. Each exhaled breath releases moisture into the air, while drying clothes indoors can significantly increase indoor humidity levels.

Did you know that a single load of laundry can release up to 2 litres of moisture into the air? Recognising these sources is the first step in managing moisture effectively.

The Importance of Moisture Management

Effective management of moisture is vital for keeping your home healthy. Excessive moisture can lead to persistent condensation, which can lead to the growth of mould. Studies show that indoor air pollution levels can be 2 to 5 times higher than outdoor levels, largely due to mould growth from excess moisture. So being conscious of the humidity we create is essential for optimal property management.

Tips for Containing Moisture

Containing moisture is the initial step in preventing its adverse effects. Here are some practical ways you can contain moisture within your home:

  1. Use Pot Lids: Keeping lids on pots while cooking helps contain moisture within the pot, limiting its release into the air.
  2. Cover Pans When Boiling: Similar to using pot lids, covering pans while boiling water helps prevent excess moisture from escaping into the air.
  3. Close Bathroom Doors: During bathing or showering, close the bathroom door to trap humidity within the room until it is effectively ventilated out.
  4. Report Leaks Promptly: Report any leaks or water intrusions promptly to prevent moisture buildup, which can lead to mould growth.
  5. Use Extractor Fans: Using extractor fans in kitchens and bathrooms helps remove moisture-laden air directly to the outside. Did you know that running an extractor fan while showering can reduce moisture levels by up to 80%?
  6. Ventilate Regularly: Open windows and doors daily to allow fresh air to circulate throughout the home, aiding in moisture removal. Opening windows wide for just 15 minutes a day can significantly reduce indoor humidity levels. Doing this several times a day contributes to effective moisture management.
  7. Promote Indoor Air Circulation: Position furniture away from walls and corners to allow air to circulate freely around the room. Avoid placing large pieces of furniture directly against exterior walls, as this can impede airflow and create pockets of stagnant air where moisture can accumulate.
  8. Limit Indoor Air Drying: If possible, dry clothes outdoors. If outdoor drying is not an option, use a well-ventilated room and prevent the moisture from moving into and getting trapped in other areas of the property. Do not dry clothes on radiators. See our blog on drying clothes wisely.

Mastering Ventilation

Effective ventilation multiple times a day is key to removing moisture from our homes and ensuring proper air circulation – read our blog on mastering ventilation to find out more. It’s essential to stay on top of managing moisture in our homes. By containing moisture at its source and using effective ventilation strategies, we can maintain optimal indoor humidity levels and limit the risk of mould growth.

Remember, staying in control of moisture isn’t  just about property management; it’s about creating a healthier home and living environment for ourselves and our loved ones.

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