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Does your house need to breathe?

9/9/2022 (Permalink)

Servpro technician standing outside home explaining next steps with homeowner with two homes and a Servpro van behind them. SERVPRO technician explaining next steps with homeowner

In a day when conserving energy is top of mind builders are coming up with more and more creative ways to seal out the hot/cold temperatures and keep our homes the cool or cozy temperatures we enjoy.  More insulation, better windows, every crack/hole covered, whatever it takes to make sure we are in control of the air circulating through our home.  Not only are we helping to keep energy costs low with all of these improvements but we are also guarding against allergens and other potential irritants from blowing into our home.

Can there be any drawbacks to these advances?  Are the days of opening up the windows and doors and turning on an attic fan to pull outside air through the house gone?  Some in areas with milder temperatures and a much lower dose of mountain cedar may still enjoy hearing nature from the comforts of their couch but for most of us, we can only look out and silently observe what is going on beyond the windows.  One potential issue with having our homes buttoned up tight is the potential for water damage. 

Why would a tight home envelope create water damage?  With  every crack and hole sealed up tight, there is nowhere for excess moisture to escape.  Our air conditioning units help to dehumidify the air but if you do not have proper ventilation in your home, you can face condensation issues that lead to wet surfaces and if allowed to go on long enough, mold.  While our homes are more energy efficient, they still need to breathe to have the right balance of moisture inside of our homes.

Make sure you do not have a unit too large for the size of your home.  Ensure your appliances are properly ventilated so they are not putting wet air into your home.  Bathrooms also need proper ventilation so the buildup of steam and moisture can escape and not linger on the building materials of your home.  Sometimes on those dry, warm days the best thing you can do is to raise the windows, open the front door and allow your home to breathe. 

Should you notice moisture where there shouldn't be or the development of discoloration, call SERVPRO of Crowley and South Johnson County and let us help you make your water damage "Like it never even happened."

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