It’s not unusual to have condensation in different areas of the home. It’s something we see more of in older homes because they often lack a vapor barrier or sealers in the concrete. This means that more moisture can enter the home through the foundations. Although condensation is just a simple annoyance a lot of the time, what happens when it becomes more than that? And what can be done about it?

Condensation can become a problem if there is constant dripping. It can affect the surface it is dripping on to by causing mold to form, it could start to rot flooring and, if it is dripping onto electrics, create a fire hazard.

If this is the case in your home, it would help to lower the humidity. You can do this by using a dehumidifier. This forces water vapor from the air to condense into a water tank, which prevents it from forming onto other surfaces. You may find an air conditioner helpful for this also.

If the humidity is very bad in the home, try having less plants in the house.

Insulate piping. This is another way to reduce condensation as it prevents them from getting too cold which will cause condensation to occur. Water pipes can be insulated with a plastic foam wrap. If you decide to do this though, make sure you do not rely on the hot water pipes to provide you with radiant heat, as you will lose this by insulating them.

Keep the home well aired. Basements are one of the areas of the home most likely to have condensation issues, try airing it out. It should be noted though, that if the outside air is very humid, it will not be effective at reducing the humidity in the basement.

So, there are some simple ways we can reduce condensation in the home. However, if you have done all you can to treat the condensation problems and you are still seeing water, it might be a good idea to contact a plumber. You could be seeing the effects of a water leak and not condensation, which we know can cause much bigger issues.

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