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Avoiding Damage From Condensation

Condensation is often overlooked as a danger to one’s belongings or the actual structure in their home, apartment, or commercial building. After all, a little moisture on surfaces isn’t a big deal and can easily be wiped off. Right? Possibly, but that’s not the entire picture. Even water in very small amounts may cause an issue.

Water comes in several forms, such as gas, liquid, and solid. Condensation is formed when molecules of water vapor combine to become liquid water. This happens when water vapor meets colder air and surfaces.

The danger is when this collects in areas prone to condensation, such as your basement. But this isn’t limited to basements. Condensation can collect on surfaces that can be damaged by moisture in virtually any part of the home or office. Condensation threatens metal items that can rust, natural furnishings, such as those made from wood or fabric, books and papers, and other personal items.

While most often think of rainwater, broken pipes, and leaky basements as sources of water damage, condensation can be a hazard as well. However, it effects surfaces slowly and you often fail to notice the damage until it is too late.

Here are a few easy tips to limit the impact of potential condensation.

Dehumidify: A simple household dehumidifier is a great device to remove moisture from the air and reduce condensation. The disadvantage is they use quite a bit of electricity, so purchase one that is energy efficient.
Insulate: Pipes, especially cold-water pipes, can build up condensation and then drip down onto areas adversely affected by moisture. By wrapping your pipes with insulation, you may stop this from happening. Wrapping hot water pipes is a great step for preventing pipes from freezing in the Winter.
Ventilation: Monitor the humidity inside and outside your home. You might open windows if the weather permits it and humidity is lower outside, or you could run the HVAC system and keep the humidity down using mechanical methods.
Keep moisture away: Ensure your downspouts are working properly and ground water is directed away from foundations. Water seepage can be very damaging over time, so proper maintenance is important. Make sure windows and doors are properly sealed and weather stripping has been installed, especially in humid areas.

But when anything happens that involves water intrusion and it results in damage, do the right thing. Call your expert disaster restoration company. They know what to look for and the best way to protect you and your family from further damage and even potentially toxic issues such as mold. Call K-tech Restoration at 1-800-215-8324.

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