If you’re like me, knowing how your home is built, why it’s built that way and how to keep it as good as new is important to you.
Each of our Clayton Built® manufactured homes are tightly constructed inside one of our climate controlled home building facilities. Since they’re built inside in ISO 14001 registered facilities, they’re not exposed to moisture or other outside elements that may cause delays or damage, and they’re built more efficiently than ever.
Plus, the brand name, quality materials that are used can help make your home last a lifetime and don’t allow much room for air or moisture to seep into the home.
However, your new home might mean you’ll need to make some adjustments to your previous home maintenance schedule, the temperature you set your thermostat to and other changes to lower chances of trapping too much moisture in your new home.
Moisture & Humidity Control
Proper humidity control is necessary for your health and comfort, as well as for maintaining the structure of your home and your belongings. For instance, using your air conditioner during the summer will both cool your home and dehumidify the air inside your home, which helps you maintain proper humidity levels indoors.
Your home comes with a whole house ventilation system that is designed to operate 24 hours a day. This exhaust fan should be continually running to maintain a healthy airflow in your home. It does this by mixing air from outside with the air inside, preventing air from becoming stale inside and helping general air quality. Here are some additional steps you can take to prevent condensation inside your home.
Tips to Prevent Condensation & Mold Inside
Controlling the amount of moisture in your home or in a specific area of your home is essential to preventing mold and mildew because of condensation and moisture. Other key ways to lower condensation include:
- Cleaning up leaks or spills as soon as possible
- Using a de-humidifier to reduce humidity in your home
- Using exhaust fans when cooking or bathing
- Making sure the dryer vent is vented to the outside of the home and there are limited turns in the flex duct to allow proper air flow
- Having any leaks repaired immediately
- Opening a window or a door to provide ventilation to remove stale air and possibly excess humidity
- Cracking the window when bathing or showering to exhaust air/moisture to the outside. You should also run the exhaust fan in the bathroom when bathing
- Running the vent fan on your range hood or microwave in your kitchen while you’re cooking. You can also use it when you’re not cooking to circulate air
Why Is Keeping Moisture Out Important?
Moisture can lead to mildew and material damage which is not good for your home, so I’ve put together a few tips to help you prevent excessive moisture in your home.
Checking Underneath Your Home
Also, an accumulation of moisture under your home can cause the condensation problems inside that you're trying to prevent.
When your home is being skirted, provide adequate ventilation with the required number of vents on each side of your home. The ventilation openings in your skirting should be at least on two opposite sides of your home foundation and you can find more information about proper ventilation in your homeowner’s manual.
You’ll also want to make sure to regularly inspect your home’s condition for a variety of things including your vapor barrier’s condition. For instance, making sure your vapor barrier is intact will help you make sure you can regulate your home’s moisture levels. You’ll also want to check that the area under your home is dry and there is no standing water under your home. We recommend checking the whole underside of your home at least twice a year.
Cleaning Up Mildew or Mold
If you do in fact have mold or mildew, we recommend removing the source of the issue and checking all areas of your home to make sure that your home’s plumbing is intact. If you are concerned about your health, check with a professional before proceeding to clean the mold or mildew. The EPA has some helpful tips on cleaning up mold in your home if it occurs.
For more information on how our Clayton Built® homes are precision built and tightly constructed, check out the Home Building articles on our website!
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