Are you suffering from moisture in your living room? You are not alone: in Flanders, many living rooms suffer from moisture problems such as condensation, ventilation problems, rising damp, damp floor, leaks or a musty smell.

Recognizing moisture in the living room

A living space is an important room in your home. It is the room in which you unwind, receive guests, pursue your hobbies or perhaps work. In other words, the living room is a place where you should like to be and where you would rather not have moisture problems.

An ideal humidity level for a living room is between 40% and 60%. Is the value higher than that? Then chances are that sooner or later you will experience moisture spots and problems. You can usually recognize an overly humid living room by the following characteristics:

  • Colored stains on the wall
  • Mold spots
  • Loose plaster, wallpaper or grouting
  • An unpleasant and musty odor
  • Condensation on the windows and walls

When you notice these issues in your living room, it's a good idea to call in a moisture expert.

Effects of a damp living room

If you notice the preceding phenomena in your living room but do not intervene, it can lead to all kinds of negative consequences. We list the main ones:

  • Consequences for your health. Consider headaches, frequent colds or more difficult breathing.
  • Effects on indoor temperature. A damp room feels colder is harder to heat. You will use more energy to reach a comfortable temperature.
  • Consequences for your home. Moisture in the living room not only creates an unpleasant odor, it can also damage your furniture and home.

Causes of an overly humid living room and their solutions

There are several causes of moisture in living spaces, each with its own method of control. It is recommended to hire a moisture specialist to determine the exact cause. Once the exact cause is known, an appropriate solution can also be provided. The most common causes are:

1. Condensation moisture

Condensation moisture is a common cause of a damp living room because condensation is often caused by human activity. Examples include breathing or perspiration from occupants. Mopping or drying laundry can also increase humidity. In addition, cold bridges can also be the culprit.

The ideal solution to condensation moisture is to ventilate your living room as well as possible. This can be done by taking action yourself, but a mechanical ventilation system can also help.

2. Rising damp

Is your living room on the ground floor? Then rising damp can also lead to moisture in the living room. This occurs when there is a problem with or lack of the water barrier, causing groundwater moisture to penetrate the walls of the living space.

Rising damp is best handled professionally by having your walls injected. Then experts drill holes in the damp walls, and then inject them with a damp-proof product.

3. Penetrating moisture

Finally, seepage moisture can be at the root of a damp living room. This is moisture that enters through the outside of the house due to (heavy) precipitation and seeps through the interior walls.

Permeable moisture in residential areas is best combated through facade impregnation, where a transparent but waterproof layer is applied to the facade.

Get your damp living room treated

Are you suffering from moisture in your living room? Don't wait until it's too late. Let AquaConsult assist you and request your free living room moisture diagnosis today.

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