Restoration Local Offers Tips On Reducing Home Humidity Levels During Record Summer Heat

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Summer means heat, and heat means humidity, and too much humidity means mold and other problems. A water restoration expert offers tips on how to stay ahead of the threat.

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The summer of 2012 has set heat records around the world, and with heat comes humidity

Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water restoration services in the United States, is offering tips to property owners on reducing the level of humidity in their home or business, thereby eliminating or at least curtailing the threat of mold damage and other related problems.

Nobody enjoys excess humidity, but beyond the level of discomfort it provides, it can also be the source of considerable damage to the home. The summer of 2012 has set heat records around the world, and with heat comes humidity, and with humidity comes other long term issues; not just mold, but also the peeling of wallpaper and paint, condensation, and musty smelling air.

Ideal humidity levels should be kept between 35% and 45%. If the levels are greater than this, then serious steps need to be taken to dehumidify the property. Excess humidity will normally make itself know through the presence of condensation on windows, walls, or pipes.

Excess humidity can be reduced by several methods. The easiest and least expensive is to run the air conditioner, which both reduces humidity and controls heat levels. Indoor plants should be moved outdoors, or at least confined to one area, as plants produce a lot of moisture that may cause a rise in humidity levels.

Cold showers are recommended, as hot water contributes to the level of moisture in the air. Fans can also be installed in the bathroom, basement, and kitchen to help disperse water vapor and cut down on humidity levels. Leave bathroom and kitchen vents on, even after tasks in those rooms have been completed.

Consider using a dehumidifier in rooms where excess moisture is a persistent problem. Dehumidifiers can be run constantly or intermittently depending on the severity of the moisture problem.

Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage restoration service on the country, with providers in 30 states and more being added every month. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed for one year.

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