Thursday, March 11, 2010

Green Thoughts: Moisture Control

Another issue that may homeowners may have after properly sealing their building shell, besides for a lack of air ventilation, is an excess of moisture. Vapor generates naturally within the home, whether from exterior sources, like ground water, or from internal sources, such as showers and water boiled for cooking. No matter the source, an excess of moisture is not a good thing for your home. It potentially can both deteriorate your air quality, through mold growth and other methods, and decay the materials that make up you home, such as the paint, walls, and interior floor joists and wall studs which don't react well to prolonged exposure to warm and moist air.

To solve these problems, Jason from Edge Energy ( is going to show us solutions for two major areas of moisture generation. First, he is going to take us under a client's house to demonstrate how to properly seal a crawl space. As Jason will point out, there are several different problem areas in crawl spaces underneath the home, but the multiple simultaneous solutions he introduces will comprehensively protect your home from the massive amount of ground water that can seep into your home. The second moisture production point Jason will address is an interior source, the shower. Here he will show you how a few cheap and simple solutions can dramatically improve the moisture load in your home (hint: use your bathroom fan when showering)

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Full Disclosure: EDGE Energy hired us, as Sum of Change not individuals, to produce several videos for them including the ones in this post. We have not been hired to distribute, recommend, or advertise for EDGE Energy, rather we are using these videos to explain a vital service and we appreciate them letting us do so.

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