Monsoon brings with it splendid rain, dreamy drizzle and a respite from the scorching summer heat. But at times, the heat and moisture in the air becomes a perfect environment for the walls inside our homes to be uncomfortably damp. Damp walls are not only a structural risk in many cases, but they also increase the risk of dangerous fungus and bacteria growing inside your home.
There are lots of solutions to this ‘moist’ problem. Here are some tips and tricks to reduce the humidity on the walls of your home.
use a dehumidifier
Perhaps the most direct answer to the question of humidity in homes, using a dehumidifier will get rid of excess moisture in your homes. Most modern air conditioners and air purifiers have a dehumidifying mode that reduces the moisture present in the air inside your home.
By making sure you have an adequate flow of air from the inside to the outside, you can ensure that moisture-laden air can escape before it can condense on your wall and create moisture. You can improve air flow by using proper vents, opening a sufficient number of windows, and using a ceiling or standing fan.
maintain a proper seal
You can also do the exact opposite of the above advice if you live in an area with extremely high humidity. By sealing any gaps between windows, walls, doors and other fixtures, you can ensure that the air inside your home stays dry and minimal moisture enters. Repair your wall and any openings with a waterproof sealant to create a more secure environment.
fix your plumbing
Often, moisture can get into your home because of leaking pipes or plumbing in your home or even within your walls. If only one particular wall or room is getting damp on a regular basis, you should ensure that there are no leaks within the water or sewage pipes in your home.
reduce ac use
Moisture is the result of two factors, excessive moisture that then condenses on the cold walls. Make sure you are not setting the AC temperature too low to prevent your walls from getting too cold.