Roofs are vulnerable to condensation at any time, but the winter season makes them especially susceptible to condensation-related damage. The condensation can form large water droplets that can drip into your house and cause damage. Apart from that, the condensed water can also encourage mold growth, decay, and rust. Therefore, it's important to reduce the level of moisture in your house when the winter starts. Here are four ways in which you can do that:
Don't Store Large Amounts of Firewood Indoors
Even "dry" firewood has some moisture content that they release into the atmosphere. This is especially true if you store the firewood in heated areas of the house. For example, firewood is considered properly "seasoned" (dried) if its moisture content is, at most, 20% (moisture content of firewood is expressed as a percentage of its dry weight). Therefore, construct an external wood shade for storing your firewood.
Make Sure All Your Heaters Are Vented
Water vapor is one of the products of combustion. Thus, if you are using fuel-powered space heaters, they are releasing some amount of water vapor into the atmosphere and increasing the overall moisture in your house. Therefore, before using fuel-powered heaters, ensure that they are properly vented to the outside.
Use Bathroom Fans
Bathrooms are inherently damp places, which means they greatly contribute to your indoor moisture. A bathroom fan controls indoor moisture by removing the foul air from the bathroom and taking it outdoors through the ductwork. If you imagine bathroom fans as ubiquitously ugly and loud, then you haven't experienced the modern varieties that are quieter and decorative. Ensure that other rooms that generate considerable moisture, such as the kitchen, are also vented.
Go Easy On Humidification
Just like the name suggests, a humidifier works by releasing water vapor into the atmosphere to increase humidity. Most people are more comfortable when breathing humidified air than air with low humidity. However, continually running the humidifier or turning it up may release too much moisture into your rooms and increase the risk of condensation. Therefore, limit the use of humidifiers is a good idea.
Hopefully, the above tips will help you reduce the level of moisture in your house. If you are already dealing with high levels of moisture in your rooms, move fast to curtail it before the moisture causes serious problems. If the problem has been ongoing for a long time, it's time to consult a roofing contractor, such as those found at Genos Siding and Roofing, to evaluate the level of damage and advise you on appropriate repairs.