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Mold Damage Remediation

Are Your Dehumidifier Freezing Over?

Moisture and humidity are two things that homeowners want to keep out of their house. Water is a breeding ground for many different issues including mold and mildew, which can lead to serious health problems if exposure is frequent. Using a dehumidifier can keep the moisture out of the air, and in turn, keep the mold and mildew to a minimum.

If you already have a dehumidifier, you know that the coils and tray can get pretty nasty at times. We will cover how to keep your dehumidifier running as efficiently as possible, but first, let’s discuss when you may need a dehumidifier in your home.

Should I Install a Dehumidifier?

Dehumidifiers suck the moisture out the air, but how do you know if your home has too much moisture and needs a little help drying out? Let’s look at a few signs that you may need to invest in a dehumidifier.

You see spots. Mold spots, that is. Mold stains are a sure sign that your home is too wet. These signs can appear in any room of the house. Most commonly they will show themselves in the bathroom or basement. Next time you are in the shower, look up at the ceiling. If you see dark spots, you have a mold problem. After calling a professional to assess the mold problem, it’s time to invest in a dehumidifier.

You’ve noticed condensation gathers on your windows. Water beads on your windows can mean that windows weren’t installed properly, or that your room has too much moisture. A dehumidifier can help by pulling the moisture out of the air and keeping the humidity level down appropriately.

Your home is starting to smell musty. That smell of must means that mold and mildew are present. These issues breed in heavy moisture and can lead to bigger problems than just a bad smell. If your home smells musty, it’s important to figure out where the issue is coming from, and take appropriate action to repair the problem.
Water run off is a constant problem. When it rains, does your basement show signs of water damage? If you see watermarks, it’s time to get a dehumidifier. It is also crucial that you figure out where the root of the problem lies, and fix it as quickly as possible.

Rotting wood is another sign that there is too much moisture in your home. Excess moisture can be a factor. Rotting wood can actually start to diminish the value of your home.

You suffer from allergies on a regular basis. Moisture can carry allergens like dust mites and mold spores, helping them spread and grow throughout your home. Keeping your humidity levels at a healthy level can prevent ongoing allergies as well as respiratory problems.

Cleaning a Dehumidifier Keeps it Running Smoothly!

Once you’ve installed your dehumidifier, keeping up on maintenance is imperative. Since the dehumidifier is actively pulling the moisture out of the air and into the attached basin, it is a breeding ground for mildew, mineral build-up, and mold.

Keeping the device clean will keep these issues out of the air and away from your family. You can use a simple mixture of vinegar and a few other cleaning tools to regularly clean away the dirt from your dehumidifier.

Dehumidifiers are perfect for keeping excess moisture out of your home and lessening the chances of mold and mildew growing in your home. Keeping your dehumidifier maintained will save you money and potential issues to your home down the line.

Restoration Genie includes mold remediation and other restoration services, to bring your home back to its pre-damaged condition. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Call us at 661-802-9241 today to restore your home!