How to Deal with the Effects of Damp Weather on Property

How to Deal with the Effects of Damp Weather on Property

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Oregon is known for cool, wet winters.

Excessive moisture can cause mold and structural issues. In the Pacific Northwest, months of damp weather brings with it increased potential for property damage.

How can you prevent rain and dampness from damaging your investment?

Follow these pointers to learn where moisture comes from and how to treat and prevent problems.

Moisture in Your Home: How to Fix It!

The Why: Moisture can be caused by several issues. Poor ventilation, plumbing leaks, damaged roofs, clogged gutters and downspouts, ice, groundwater. With nowhere else to go, moist air will escape inside the home and cause mold and mildew buildup.

The Signs: Moisture damage is not always obvious. Indications can include water rings on walls or ceilings, warped or cracked floors, soft spots underfoot, a buildup of lint in a poorly ventilated laundry room, a musty smell, and increases in health issues.

The Fix & Repair: The first line of defense against moisture is simple. Clean gutters and clear around crawl spaces. Use a dehumidifier. Run bathroom exhaust fans when showering and take shorter showers. Use stovetop fans when cooking. Clean the dryer vent. Open doors and windows regularly to detox and freshen air.

The level of damage will dictate treatment. Dry out damaged areas with a dehumidifier or open windows and run fans. If humidity has led to mold, remove and replace damaged building materials like sheetrock and carpet. Clean and seal wood with an antimicrobial sealant. Discard toys and housewares that have been exposed to mold growth for more than 24 hours.

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