It’s not the heat—it’s the humidity.” How many times have we heard that saying whenever we have complained that warm weather is making us uncomfortable? Though the statement may be a bit of a cliché, it does capture an important truth: high humidity makes the heat particularly unbearable.
However, high humidity creates problems besides greater discomfort from the warmer temperatures. Left unchecked, humidity is a significant concern for homeowners, for excessive humidity can cause property damage, create unhealthy conditions and lead to many other issues. There are, in fact, several common problems associated with high humidity in the home.
Perhaps the best-known problem that humidity can create in the home is that it provides an environment in which mold and mildew can thrive. In the South, we have to be on the lookout for mold growth because the environment in general favors it, and if it gets too humid and damp inside a house or other building, it will not be long before mold shows up as well. Excessive mold and mildew, of course, can cause all sorts of health problems and aggravate allergies. Some structures are even condemned due to excessive mold, so you will want to keep your home as dry as possible to prevent mold from growing.
Excessive humidity levels can also create property damage. Moisture warps wood, and wood floorboards and other wood components of a home can get bent when the humidity levels are too high. High humidity makes paint peel and can result in pockets of moisture in the walls. Over time, fungus and rust can affect plumbing systems because of high humidity. In addition to damaging to the structure itself, high humidity in the home can also negatively affect belongings that are stored therein. Woodwind instruments, important paper documents and much more can all be degraded by excessive humidity.
We need water to survive, and the same is true of the pests that we do not want in our homes. A humid home is very inviting to ants, roaches, dampwood termites and many other undesirable insects because they can find the moisture they need to survive and a place to nest. During periods of drought, when pests cannot find water elsewhere, a humid home will be a top destination for bugs, rodents and other critters.
Controlling Indoor Humidity and Solving Problems
Improving the seals on your windows and doors and making use of a dehumidifier can do wonders for your home’s moisture levels if humidity is a problem. Even with such fixes, however, pests will not be quick to leave once you normalize your humidity levels. State Pest Control can get rid of your pest problem whether or not it is caused by high indoor humidity. Contact us today for more information.