A moisture problem often involves more than you think. Then it's tempting to make one of the following 7 mistakes in solving moisture problems. We go over them briefly: here are the 7 most common mistakes in moisture control in the house.
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1. Underestimate moisture problems

Moisture problems really should not be underestimated. They often involve much more than just a damp spot on the wall or mold in the house. This is why moisture experts exist. Moisture problems are the cause of a number of other woes.

For example, excessive humidity can be the cause of a lot of health problems; especially if you already suffer from underlying respiratory conditions or suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. It can also trigger allergies in children, the elderly or people with weaker immune systems.

Moisture problems not only cause health problems, but also problems to your home. We give some examples:

  • Are you suffering from black mold or moisture in your basement? If so, it can cause damage to the structure of your home.
  • If you suffer from penetrating or rising damp, you may suffer damage to your exterior walls. During cold nights in winter, water freezes in the walls, causing cracks to form in the wall.

In addition to health problems and home damage, moisture problems also increase energy bills. This is because damp rooms are much more difficult to heat.

So definitely don't underestimate moisture problems, and get timely moisture control in your home.

2. Having the conviction: out of sight is out of mind

"A damp spot on the wall? A lick of damp-proof paint or a new layer of wallpaper and you won't see it anymore!" This is a reasoning we often hear, but unfortunately this is not a watertight solution.

In fact, this does not equate to effectively solving the moisture problem. Moisture experts are clear and unanimous about this: camouflage is not a solution. You will still face the same problems: structural damage to your home, chances of health problems flaring up.

The moisture problems then grow silently.

3. Put off fighting moisture in the home

We all know it: we'd rather put off those unpleasant jobs around the house. Yet when it comes to fighting moisture in the home, that's not a good idea. As mentioned earlier, moisture problems can cause a lot of trouble. And the longer you put off the solution, the worse the problem gets and the bigger the works are likely to be.

Notice a damp spot on the wall? Then contact AquaConsult right away and our moisture experts will be happy to help you.

4. Not airing your home on cold days

In winter, we prefer to keep all the cold outside. Still, it's a much better idea to ventilate your home even when it's freezing outside. Thanks to proper ventilation, you avoid excessive humidity, which could cause problems such as mold on the wall.

So open your windows for at least 10 minutes a day to avoid moisture problems.

5. Trying to remove mold yourself

Mold - especially black mold - on walls is very persistent. If you try to remove large patches of mold yourself, you usually haven't removed everything and it comes back quickly. Also, as a do-it-yourselfer, you cannot address the cause of the mold. In fact, there are a lot of different possible causes:

  • Poor ventilation
  • Resuscitating moisture
  • Condensation
  • ...

A moisture expert can determine the exact cause and therefore also apply the most appropriate moisture solution, which will completely eliminate the mold.

So can you really never remove mold yourself?

Still. If the mold on the wall is not too bad, you can remove it yourself. But then you have to be careful: inhaling mold spores can cause serious health problems, with examples such as respiratory problems, fatigue, nausea, and so on. So be sure to always wear gloves, a mouth mask and protective glasses. Also, removing mold yourself is only possible if it is a few black spots on the wall. Are the spots larger? If so, be sure to call in a moisture expert.

6. Not having a ventilation system in well-insulated houses

A well-insulated home has many benefits. The biggest advantage is the impact on your energy bill. Yet it also has one major disadvantage: there is no air circulation in the house. Without a ventilation system, damp air gets a chance to settle in the walls. That can cause mold or other moisture problems.

With a good ventilation system, you don't have that problem. Then the air in the house is refreshed on a regular basis and moisture has no chance to settle in the walls. This also saves yourself the energy of having to fight moisture in the house.

7. Not using an expert in moisture control

A final mistake people make is not calling on a moisture expert. This is because not all moisture problems have the same cause, and each requires its own approach.

An expert can use certain tools to determine exactly what the problem is and exactly what needs to be done to solve the moisture problem. Only then will the correct diagnosis be made and you get exactly the help you need. This is the only way to effectively combat the moisture in your home. In addition, with some solutions you have a chance to win the Flemish renovation premium.

Are you suffering from moisture in your home? Then don't delay and request your free expertise. Our moisture experts will be happy to visit you.