Don’t Let Water Ruin Your Home This Winter

Don’t Let Water

Ruin Your Home

This Winter

We’ve had an unseasonably warm winter this December, and for many homeowners this is an issue. Yes, a cold, snowy winter means shoveling driveways; however, when the ground freezes, it means water is less likely to seep into your home than during warm winters. If you’ve noticed wet window sills, moisture in the basement, or bathroom walls that “sweat” consistently, you may be having issues with water in your home. We’ve rounded up a list of the most likely places you will encounter water damage issues this winter and how to rectify them before major issues arise.

window with condensation

Condensation on Windows

Windows and window sills are some of the most likely places you’ll encounter moisture in your home. Cold weather conditions on the outside of your windows meet the warmth of your home to create condensation on the window. This happens when humidity from the warm air in your house meets the cold glass and turns into water droplets. This process can lead to water stains on treated wood, warped window sills, or even mold in your window unit if the problem is persistent. Condensation can happen for a couple of reasons. First, the humidity in your house may be too high. Also, if your home is newly built, moisture could still be leaving materials used to build it. Wood and concrete can continue to lose moisture for up to two years after construction ends on a home. Turning on a dehumidifier in the rooms most affected may help cut moisture throughout the house and keep condensation at bay. You could also try pushing the humid air out of your home by opening your front door for 10-15 minutes on a cold night. Just make sure you turn up the heat!

Condensation in Basement

Because the ground has taken so long to freeze this winter, moisture in the soil can get into basements, especially if they are unfinished. Sleet and slushy snow left over from flurries can exacerbate the problem. Invest in a dehumidifier for the basement and make sure to check it at least twice per day during as the machines can collect over a gallon of water from the air. In unfinished basements, try to set the dehumidifier in one of the four corners as moisture tends to accumulate there. You can use the water collected for your houseplants; just pour it into a watering can!

window condensation

Condensation in Bathroom

Bathroom condensation is especially bad in homes which have no ventilation system in their bathroom. You’ll start to see the walls “sweat” after a while and in bad cases the moisture can ruin your paint. Some people even complain of a wax-like build up on their walls after too many showers without proper ventilation. If you have the money to invest in a ventilation unit for your bathroom, you should install one. It is the easiest way to ensure the longevity of your bathroom paint, and it’ll save you the time scraping gunk off your walls with a credit card. If you don’t have the money to invest right now, try opening a window in the bathroom after your shower. This will allow the moisture to leave the house so it doesn’t collect on the walls. Make sure to close the bathroom door while you do this so you don’t let all the heat out of your house!

If water can do this to your home, just think what drinking untreated water can do for your body. Call Quality Water Services to talk about a new system today!