There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould. To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips: • Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at least a half hour after a shower. • Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door sills, as well as other intakes into the home, such as dryer vents and cable wiring. • Determine the humidity level in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it should be 30-60%. (Keep in mind that humidity may vary greatly from room to room.) • Regularly inspect caulking around sinks, tubs and showers. Even a tiny break can cause water to leak gradually into the wall or floor, causing damage you may not notice for months. • Clean up wet spills as soon as possible. On hardwood floors especially, water can seep through and become trapped. • Repair leaking faucets, toilets and pipes immediately. A drip can quickly become a shower. Being mindful of moisture today can help you avoid potentially high repair bills later on.
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