Springtime around the Missouri River is a wet season. Melting snow across the country raises the river, and rainstorms and humidity saturate the ground and air. Since the beginning of April this year, humidity has averaged between 60% and 70%. This increase in moisture affects homes and businesses in many ways. If you experience problems with humidity or water damage in Kansas City, MO, contact ServiceMaster DSI for restoration and dehumidifying services.
Every year, the Kansas City area experiences at least 0.1 inches of precipitation a day during the month of April. Though all this water is wonderful for the plant-life, it can damage buildings in a number of ways.
Humidity is a measure of how much water is in the air. Because it’s less obvious than a big puddle of water on the floor, humidity is often overlooked until it causes obvious problems.
In a way, humidity water-logs the structural materials of your home or business. If humid air is allowed to remain in the building, it will start showing warning signs of the potential damage that may follow. Warped paper, glued envelopes, and wrinkled books are some the first signals of high humidity in the building. If you notice these signs in time, you can take advantage of our dehumidification services before the damage gets worse.
If you don’t notice, which unfortunately many of us don’t, especially in the summer when humidity is high anyway, then the moisture in the air will start to damage other things. After curling paper, water molecules will cause wood swelling and warping as they seep into doors, furniture, and wood floors. A door that is hard to open or close and wood floor panels that curl at the edges are both signs of water damage from humidity.
If humidity is allowed to stick around for even longer, it will introduce a new, more dangerous element to your home: mold growth. Most kinds of mold prosper in dark, moist, warm conditions. Coincidentally, those dark corners are where humidity collects the most as well. Mold growth and humidity is a cycle that can be difficult to fully remove from a building without professional help.
Don’t take spring humidity lightly. Be on the lookout for high moisture and contact ServiceMaster DSI for dehumidification and water damage services in Kansas City, MO.