Damage from moisture, defining some of the issues

Unwanted and excess moisture in your home is a problem that can present itself in the forms of humidification and condensation. Water vapor can cause many issues ranging from the potential for mold to unwanted warming. Here we will dissect the issues of humidification and condensation as well as ways to remedy them.


In its most simple terms, humidification is the increased presence of evaporated water in the air. The cooling and humidification process is used in most air conditioners, here is how it works. Air is forced over a stream of water that is cooler than the dry bulb temperature (air temperature); when the air and water make contact, some water evaporates due to the difference in temperature. Heat is then released into the stream of water and its temperature increases while the air stays the same. The air is now humidified, while some moisture is okay, humidity can also cause issues within your home. Wallpaper adherent may begin to loosen resulting in it peeling off of the walls and at times, rooms can become uncomfortably warm. Similarly within the water stream in the humidification process, water vapor in the air can also absorb heat. When you walk into a room and it feels stuffy, this is due to the presence of extra moisture. The best way to remove excess vapor from the air is to use a dehumidifier. A machine that pulls in the air, moisture is absorbed by falling drops of ethylene glycol as the air is cycled through. This is not only a great way to rid of extra water but also to cool your space over all. 


Insead of increasing moisture content in the air, condensation works in reverse. When air cools to its dew point, it changes from a gaseous state to a liquidus one and is deposited onto a surface. You can notice this phenomenon when taking a can of soda out of the fridge. Air will touch the can and water will begin to condense because the can is colder than the air surrounding it. This is also something that can happen in your home when a room is cooled too quickly. Have you ever felt a slick of water on your walls when you first kick the ac on in the summer? This is again an issue of condensation, one that can be the beginnings of mold. The best way to avoid mold is to not allow excess water to stay in your space. Reach out to us today for assistance! We will consult with you on your issue and provide you with possible solutions!
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