Its no secret, moisture is a real prick on the skin for every homeowner. Whether you already have your house up or still planning to do so, at one point in time you will be forced to combat the issue of moisture and water damage, either by preventing it; for soon-to-be homeowners and those renovating their houses, or treating it, for those who already have their houses up and functional. In this article we shall talk about handling moisture and water damage from both perspectives.
Using the right materials
You can never go right with the wrong material, just the same way you can never go wrong with the right material. For a reasonable amount of time, house construction was only by natural wood on almost every part of the house; be it the deck, siding, roofing name it. However, with time, users, as well as contractors, realized how highly susceptible to water natural wood can be, especially in decking and siding. In response to this, PVC decking came in as well as engineered wood siding, which is not only cost-efficient but also able to give the illusion of natural wood.
Painting and priming
Besides using the right material, priming and painting are the most logical options to handle house moisture. You can literally paint any construction material. However, some materials are better at accepting paint than others, and this means less paint and excellent outcome. This emphasizes the importance of choosing your materials wisely.
Mold clean up
In case you are already a homeowner and failed to consider the first point of using the right material, then you can choose between renovating or doing frequent cleanups, especially of molds. While this is not as effective as using the right material, it also works, and besides, it costs way less. Develop the habit of scrubbing hard surfaces using water and detergent and completely drying them. This you should do as often as possible.
Set your structure a little bit higher above the ground
This point is very important, especially for people in extremely cold places. Setting your house a little bit high above the ground with a higher foundation can be a real saver. In such instances, you can always consider a concrete foundation.
Fix water problems immediately
Agreeably, rain, snow or high humidity are the main causes of water and moisture damage. However, at times it is not these external factors, rather it is small problems like plumbing leaks. You need to get ahead of the problem and always fi such problems as soon as they occur to prevent them from causing further damage.
Increased ventilation means increased aeration and this means no mold or moisture build-up. It is, therefore, advisable to always have enough ventilation like windows, doors and such like.
Of course these are not the only ways of handling house moisture. There are several other ways homeowners can use to counter the issue of moisture in the attempt of escaping water damage. However, these are some of the most practical, effective and cost-efficient ways.
Remember, however much treatment you perform, you cannot get the best outputs with the wrong material.