Tis the season… for warmer weather, sunshine, and a lot of rain. 2018 was one of the wettest years on record in Arkansas, and that means a lot of risk for moisture getting into the nooks and crannies of your home. How you prevent moisture in your home insulation this time of year?
It’s not just rain that’s a risk either – the heavy humidity we’re blessed with here in the South can also impact your home insulation and other areas of your property.
How can you prevent moisture issues in your insulation? Here are some tips!
Know the Causes of Moisture Problems
How does water get into your home? The majority of the problems come from air currents and moisture that goes along with it. That means the sticky Arkansas summers are a prime time for moisture buildup in your home insulation.
You can also get water into your house when it diffuses through other materials – like when you siding becomes soaked or your shingles let water in.
When moist air enters your walls, it will condense on cooler materials. This can mean water on your insulation, framing, and walls.
Control Moisture With Proper Home Insulation
Fortunately, a high-quality local insulation company can help you keep moisture out. Air sealing is vital because it helps prevent damp air from flowing into your house. You also need high-quality insulation, which will not only prevent condensation but will also save you a lot in energy costs.
For instance, if you use spray foam for home insulation, you get a very high level of comfort. The cool air inside your home stays in, and wet sticky air stays out. You save money on cooling bills because you don’t have air escaping.
Most of all, you prevent moisture and a lot of other problems because spray foam fills every nook and cranny. It’s very dense so air doesn’t move through it and water can’t seep into your home either. Closed-cell spray foam is waterproof, so it’s a great choice for crawlspaces and basements.
Manage Dampness in Your Basement
Air doesn’t just come in through your walls. If you have a lot of problems with dampness in your basement, you need to take additional action.
Seal dryer vents that may be emitting damp air into your basement. You want to use foil tape because duct tape will eventually fall off. If you have a basement bathroom, use a vent fan during showers. You may also need a dehumidifier if you have high indoor humidity.
You’ll also want to insulate pipes to prevent condensation from forming on them and affecting your basement. The right home insulation in your basement can also prevent water from seeping in through the walls.
Keep Water Outside Where it Belongs
Managing moisture in your home during the humid Southern summers we have can be an ongoing job. However, you can make it a lot easier with the right kind of home insulation.
At Reeve’s Insulation, we’ve been serving Jonesboro and Batesville for over 30 years. We’d love to work with you to prevent condensation, mold, and mildew by providing high-quality insulation. There are a variety of options that can save you hundreds on energy bills. Contact us for more information today!