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Has your home been affected by humidity? Tired of that mold on the joints, those stains on the walls, that condensation on the windows, or those bad smells?
But how to fight against humidity? How to deal with its harmful effects throughout the house?
To be able to combat this problem, you must first find out what caused it to appear.
Anyway, find in this article the best solutions to beat the humidity.
Why is your house damp?
To find the solution, you must first determine the source of the problem. And this is precisely what we are going to see. What are the possible causes of humidity in a house?
Poor wall insulation
A well-insulated wall can prevent water from the ground from creeping into the structure of the house due to capillary action. This capillary rise is possible if the wall is porous. If so, you need to review your wall insulation.
Notice any sag stains on your wall? The humidity in your home can originate from this water infiltration. It may be your roof that is no longer waterproof and then lets rainwater reach your walls. Or, a pipe is leaking and humidifying your walls.
So removing mold or cleaning stains will not be enough. It is better to solve the problem at the source: improve the waterproofing of your roof or remedy the pipe leak.
An apartment can also become humid if too much water vapor is circulating in it and there is insufficient ventilation. Did you know that a person’s breath releases 2.5 liters of water vapor per day? Then calculate the humidity inside your home based on the number of people who live there. There is also the steam generated by your daily activities: cooking, showering, ironing, laundry, etc.
So remember to ventilate your house well for at least 10 minutes a day, to release water vapor as much as possible. And use a moisture absorber to improve the air quality inside your apartment.
How to dehumidify the house?
Due to human activities, it is simply impossible to rule out the humidity problem. So what to do about humidity in a bedroom? In fact, you can dehumidify every room in the house with a dehumidifier.
An electric moisture absorber
This device will suck and filter the humid air in the room. Then the humidity will be transformed into liquid, and the dry air comes out of the device.
The electric humidity absorber generally works with tablets or mineral salts. It is suitable for a small enclosed space.
An electric dehumidifier
An electric dehumidifier will not only dry the air inside your home but will also repair walls and ceilings damaged by humidity. There are many models of electric dehumidifiers on the market, to choose from depending on the humidity level and the area to be covered. Be aware that there are currently less noisy, even silent dehumidifiers.
A natural dehumidifier
You can also opt for a natural dehumidifier. Here are some tips.
Thanks to its virtue of moisture absorber, charcoal can effectively dehumidify your home. Take a waterproof box, and drill several holes in it. Then put a few pieces of charcoal in it, and place the box in a place where human activity is very intense. Be sure to replace the pieces of charcoal every 15 days.
Make several models of this homemade dehumidifier, and put it in every room of your home: bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, living room, etc.
With clay or coarse salt
How to remove humidity in a body of water? Take a plastic bottle, cut it in half, and remove its cap. Fit the two parts together, the upper part above, like a funnel. Put cotton in place of the stopper, then pour clay or coarse salt into the container.
Install this absorber in your bathroom, glued to the wall, and leave it there for a few days. He will collect all the water drops in the room. Regularly replace contents and cotton.
With moisture-hungry plants
Yes, some plants are very greedy in water vapor, such as the orchid, the tropical indoor fern, or the tillandsia. They will absorb humidity in a humid room while improving air quality.
If the dehumidifiers do not work, we advise you to call a professional. It surely has the most suitable solutions to dry out and sanitize your home. It can also help you improve the insulation and ventilation system in your apartment.
How to fight against traces of humidity?
The humidity leaves traces on the house: mold, fungus, mist on the windows, unpleasant odors… How can I clean the affected rooms? As part of a real fight against humidity, you must not only dehumidify but also remove mold and bad odors.
What are the best anti-mold recipes?
When your home is damp, walls, joints, and even your fabrics can be prone to mold. What to do to remove them? Here are some very effective recipes.
The mixture of water + baking soda + salt
In 70 cl of hot water, pour 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of salt. Mix well, apply this solution directly to the molds using a sponge.
The lemon juice + salt mixture
Pour 1 teaspoon of salt in 50 cl of lemon juice. Take a soft brush, run it through the mixture, and rub your fabric with it. This is the best trick for cleaning moldy clothes and curtains.
The water + white vinegar mixture
Dilute 30 cl of white vinegar in 70 cl of water. This anti-mold solution can be applied to walls, tile joints, or any other streak-covered surface.
If the stains don’t go away completely, why not just redo the paint? However, be sure to clean the affected surfaces thoroughly before applying your anti-humidity paint. Indeed, the paint only camouflages the traces. If you don’t remove the mold, it will feed on the new paint, and the same problem will return quickly.
How do you get rid of musty and damp odors?
Musty smells are very unpleasant, especially in a closed room, in wardrobes and cupboards. How to make them disappear? To fight against these bad odors, we advise you to take advantage of the anti-humidity virtue of newspaper, baking soda, or charcoal.
Place newspaper on all walls of the closet, including the bottom. The charcoal box trick can also work, so put some in furniture. As for the baking soda, just pour it into a dish, then set the dish down where the smell of damp is lingering.
The humidity level in a house should not exceed 50% so that the interior is always healthy and comfortable. So, what to do about humidity in a room if the rate exceeds this limit?
First, try to determine the source of the problem. If the waterproofing of the house’s structure is the cause, do some renovation work. Likewise, treat all water infiltration.
Then dehumidify all the rooms in your home, using efficient recipes such as charcoal or coarse salt. These ingredients greatly allow you to absorb moisture and eliminate stale odors in furniture.
As for molds and fungi, they will not resist solutions composed of baking soda, salt, lemon juice, or even white vinegar. You can also repaint your house with moisture-repellent paint.
If you have any doubts about the cause of the humidity, or if you want to have a good diagnosis, the best solution is to seek the services of a professional.