Your Home and Water



Leaks, spills, puddles, and high humidity can be your home’s worst nightmare. Water damage can become expensive and laborious to fix and mold can take root. This is a quick checklist for preventing the intrusion and accumulation of moisture in and around your home.

Inside your home

  • Keep indoor relative humidity below 60% – ideally between 30% to 50%. Humidity meters can be as inexpensive as $10.
  • Stoves, clothes dryers, and ventilators are sources of moisture. Keep them clean and unobstructed.
  • When cooking, open a window or turn on the exhaust fan. Clean or replace dirty and dusty filters. Also, when showering, crack open the bathroom window or turn on the bathroom fan.
  • If you have an in-sink garbage disposal, use it regularly to keep your kitchen sink drainage optimal and prevent pooling.
  • Look under your kitchen sink and behind your refrigerator for stains or moist surfaces. There may be a leak or an obstruction.
  • Weatherstripping and flashing around fenestration should be examined and repaired to prevent water and air leakage.
  • If you have a basement or utility room, look at pipes, duct work, or openings in the wall. If there is moisture, something isn’t sealed well or isn’t being vented sufficiently.

Outside your home

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts. Good roof drainage protects your siding and foundation. Rainwater should be drained and redirected at least 5 feet away from your foundation to ground that does not pool.
  • After a heavy rain, walk around the perimeter of your house to see if your gutters and downspouts drainage systems are performing fine. Water can be dammed up by obstructions.
  • Don’t let your water sprinklers hit your home’s siding.
  • Tree limbs and leaves hold moisture. If they are close to the roof, they can hold moisture in your shingles or direct it to your siding and windows.
  • If your shingles are curling or roof tile is cracked or missing, it’s time to do something about it. Water can penetrate your roof and accumulate in your ceiling and walls.

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