A healthy home is a home that is dry – dry when it rains, free from water leaks, and prevents the buildup of humidity and moisture in the home. A dry home will prevent the growth of mold and prevent structural issues from decay and rot.
Moisture can enter the home from leaks – leaks in the foundation, walls, windows, and/or roofing system. Other sources of moisture in the home come from leaks and equipment failure – leaks from plumbing, sinks, water heaters, or other equipment that are suppose to be water tight that have failed. A third source of moisture is more environmental as water condenses on cold surfaces in the home, especially when there is a large temperature differential from the outside to the inside. In Phoenix, we see more condensation caused from extreme outdoor heat battling the air conditioning system on the inside of the home. As the humidity rises and the air conditioner works hard to pull the moisture out of the air, the water vapor forms on cold surfaces in the home.
If you have water and moisture issues, mold can be a problem in the home. Mold growth leads to greater risk of asthma and respiratory issues for the occupants, especially for your children and older members of your household. Moisture issues lead to structural issues such as rotting wood that often invite pests into the home such as mice, cockroaches, and other vermin. Pests leave behind biological contaminants that lead to greater asthma and respiratory distress and if chemical insecticides are used to control the pests, again the home’s occupants can suffer from greater asthma and respiratory distress.
Moisture -> Mold -> Respiratory Distress
Moisture -> Structural Damage -> Pests -> Urine/Feces/Frass -> Respiratory Distress
Moisture -> Structural Damage -> Pests -> Chemical Insecticides -> Respiratory Distress
Control the moisture and you control a host of potential issues that have a direct effect on your health.