Living in Florida, humidity is a regular part of life. To avoid having to deal with mildew, mold or wood rot in your home, make sure to implement the following suggestions.
Those vents in your bathrooms are there for a reason. Use them when taking a shower to prevent condensation from building up in your bathroom. The moisture in the air from your shower does more than fog up your mirrors. It can also encourage mold and mildew growth. If you don’t have a bathroom vent, which almost all homes do now a days, opening your bathroom window is just as good.
Install rain gutters because they will direct water away from your home’s foundation and can help prevent a cracked slab. Clear leaves from your rain gutters at least twice a year to avoid clogs and water backup which can cause metal gutters to rust and wooden gutters to rot. If by chance your gutters do get clogged use a high powered hose or pressure washer to flush out the debris. A plumber’s snake can also get the job done so use whichever you have on hand.
Sprinklers & Hoses
Make sure your lawn sprinklers are watering your lawn and not your house to prevent your wood from rotting and attracting damp wood termites. Leaky faucets inside the home are often noticed and dealt with right away whereas leaky faucets outside can easily go unnoticed. Make sure to inspect your outdoor hoses and faucets regularly and replace them if necessary so that they don’t drip and soak your home’s foundation.
Attics & Basements
Every now and then, go upstairs into your attic and check for leaks. Leaks that start small and are barely noticeable can turn into a huge problem if it’s left alone long enough. Don’t end up with severe water damage to your roof, ceiling or walls. Check for leaks in your attic, regularly especially after a rainstorm or hurricane.
While your roof or attic may dry quickly because it’s so much closer to the sun, the basement and your home’s foundation will take much longer to dry after a storm. A roof can be replaced or repaired much easier than a damaged foundation so make sure to check your basement regularly for leaks and water damage, and deal with any issues as soon as possible.