Main Causes of Excess Humidity in Homes

Causes of Mould

Excess humidity is a threat to your health and home in general. High humidity supports the growth of moulds and mildew, which can lead to health complications such as asthma. Mould also negatively impacts your home’s structure and even possessions. Below are 4 main causes of excessive humidity.

1.     Showering
Bathrooms are generally humid because of showering. When you take a hot shower, a lot of moisture goes into the air. The mixture of moisture and air condenses on a cold surface leading to the growth of mould, hence ruining the surface. When you open the bathroom door, the mould-particle infused air spreads to the rest of the rooms, causing the same effects.

2.     Renovations
Your recent home renovation project could be the reason behind excess humidity. Materials used in renovation projects like the plaster should be given enough time to dry, or moisture will be trapped on the inside, eventually coming out to ruin the surfaces and pose health risks.

3.     Cooking and Boiling
How do you find cooking during warm summers? Do you wish you did not have to stand over the hot stove in your kitchen until the season is over? Cooking, boiling water on a stove, or boiling a kettle involves the evaporation of water which leads to excessive humidity. After some time, mould may begin growing in your kitchen.

4.     Poor Ventilation
The humidity from showering, cooking or doing any other activities can be trapped inside your home if your ventilation is inadequate. The excess humidity leads to mould development which is dangerous to your health, your walls, and even the items in your home.

Risks of Mould Growth in The Home

So, is mould that dangerous after all? Personal health and the health and safety of your home are two significant reasons to keep your home free from mould.

1.      Personal Health
The most common implications of mould are allergies and irritations. In some circumstances, the mould can cause infections and even lead to illnesses. Severe infections from mould are quite rare and typically occur in people with very compromised immune systems. Some common symptoms of mould exposure include;

  1. Nasal and sinus congestion
  2. Wheezing and difficulty breathing
  3. Eye irritation, such as itchy, red, watery eyes
  4. Cough

2.      The Health and Safety of Your Home.
Mould compromises the health and safety of your home. The growth of mould is supported by moisture and oxygen; as a result, you are likely to see rampant growth of mould around leaks in your roof, pipes and other mould-friendly areas. Mould thrives by feeding on the source, and as such it will destroy the surface on which it grows.

Mould Remediation & Removal

If you see or smell mould, do not hesitate to contact us. We will arrive on time, help you establish the cause of the mould, and put the whole situation under control. For over 25 years now, we have helped clients in Manitoba and beyond restore their homes and breath fresh air once more. No mould situation is too difficult for us!

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