why you shouldn't attempt restoration repairs yourself

Home damage is caused by many different sources. It could be from a fire, flood, moisture, insects or severe weather; but no matter the cause, restoration work will need to be completed. So, how do you know that the house is going to be livable again after such damage is sustained? Finding a reliable and professional restoration company to do the work for you is really the only course of action that you can take. When damage is this extensive, it is nearly impossible to be sure that doing the repairs yourself will take care of the damage the right way. Visit my blog to find out what you could miss if you attempt to make these repairs on your own.

How High Humidity Can Damage Your Belongings

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Although high humidity is something you're more likely to complain about when you're outside where there's no air conditioning, it can actually do a number on your furnishings and other belongings as well. High humidity is one of the environmental factors that need to be controlled (along with temperature) in order to store belongings safely. Here are some of the ways that high humidity can cause havoc in your house if left unchecked, whether it arises from water and poor drainage beneath your home or water damage inside your home (from a burst pipe, damaged appliance, or other source of flooding).

Mold and mildew

Although mold and mildew prefer growing on damp materials, they also like having humid air to surround them as they grow, so humid air is definitely an attraction. In addition, humid air can condense onto surfaces in your home or even be sucked in by porous materials (such as paper or fabric), making them relatively damp, so that mold will be more likely to grow in them even if there's no direct water damage in that area. Humid air combined with a damp surface that's been dampened by humidity can be all the encouragement dormant mold spores need.

Warping

Some belongings and even some parts of your house can suffer from the shape-changing, caused by shrinking and swelling, that high humidity provides. When there's lots of water in the air, some of it gets absorbed into porous materials, and wood items such as wood floors, wooden antique furniture, and wooden musical instruments can feel the effects of this when the pieces of wood they're made of start to swell. This is especially problematic if the item is composed of different pieces of wood fastened together that can then swell at different rates (especially if one part of the wood is damper than the others or if there are multiple types of wood present), causing the item to bend, warp, and otherwise become misshapen.

Ungluing

Another thing that can happen when humidity is transferred from the air to other things in your house is that is can get soaked up by glue, which allows things like wallpaper to come unglued. This can be a pretty big mess when it happens, although usually it takes excessively high humidity to produce enough water that the wallpaper will actually start to fall off before your eyes. It's more likely to come loose little by little with slightly less extreme humidity levels.

As you can see, humidity is not your friend and not the friend of your furniture and other prized possessions. Whether you have direct water damage in your home or whether the humidity arises from another cause, you may need water damage remediation if humidity levels in your home are soaring and beginning to have an effect on your belongings.  

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26 January 2017