Many homes deal with condensation, although it is often more of an issue in older homes. If you are a homeowner and have problems with condensation, should you view it as a cause for concern?
A lot of the time condensation is no more than an annoyance. However, it is not something to ignore as condensation can also cause various problems such as rotting floors, mold growth, and in some cases where water is dripping onto electrics, you could experience electrical issues. What can be done to prevent damage from condensation?
One thing that will help to reduce condensation is to lower indoor humidity. In areas where humidity is particularly high a dehumidifier can help. Dehumidifiers draw water vapor into a tank which helps prevent it from accumulating on surfaces. Air conditioners can also help with humidity levels.
Pipe insulation is another way to reduce condensation as it stops pipes from getting too cold. The only problem here is that if you use hot water pipes to provide additional heating to the home, insulation will stop that from happening. Good ventilation is another key to reducing condensation. Opening windows and doors to allow airflow through the house is a good idea but, only if outside humidity levels are lower than indoors.
What if you try these different methods to reduce condensation but find that none of them work? It could be that the problem isn’t condensation after all, and you may have a leak somewhere. If this is the case, you will want to have it checked out right away.