Whether you’re working on a remodeling project, have an emergency or just feeling sticky and stuffy in your own home, you may want to ask yourself if you need a dehumidifier. Excessive humidity can cause an array of structural problems, not to mention general discomfort. In this blog article, we list the top five reasons to use a dehumidifier and how it can help. At One Stop Rental in the greater Cincinnati area, we offer three varieties of dehumidifiers to suit just about any need.
Remodeling During Hot Months
Unfortunately, we can’t always choose the perfect time to do a home remodel. When you’re stuck working during hot spring and summer months, issues with humidity can arise. Having the remodeled parts of your home open to the elements makes them even more susceptible to the negative signs of humidity. A dehumidifier will help keep excess mold and mildew from forming in your susceptible remodel. This is particularly important during a basement remodel, as this is a room that must be waterproofed and sealed to protect against future dampness. A dehumidifier will help keep the area dry before the seals can be administered.
Fix Mold Spots on Ceiling and Walls
If you notice mold spots forming on your ceilings or in the corners of your walls, run a dehumidifier ASAP. While this will not solve the issue, it can greatly reduce how quickly the mold or mildew spreads. When left for too long, excess moisture can cause black mold to grow, which can cause serious health issues. At One Stop Rental, you can rent a dehumidifier for as long or as little as you like until the source of the problem has been identified and fixed.
Minimize Flood Damage
Whether it’s due to excessive rain or an overflowing washing machine, you may be left to deal with flood damage at some point in time. For smaller-scale flood damage, where the flooring doesn’t need to be replaced, a dehumidifier will help pull out the last bits of moisture so that mold doesn’t begin to develop under the surface. For large-scale damage, a dehumidifier helps keep the area you’re working on drier as you replace the flooring, drywall, etc.
Many common allergens can be eradicated by a dehumidifier. This is because dust mites, fungus and mold spores multiply quickly in moist air. For dust mites in particular, their numbers skyrocket when humidity levels reach 75 to 80 percent, but they cannot survive when the humidity is less than 50 percent. While a good air-conditioning system will cool down the air and reduce the growth of these allergens slightly, it does not remove enough humidity to completely solve the problem.
Musty smells are often noticed in crawl spaces, basements, garages and other areas of the home that don’t get much light or air-conditioning. If there’s a smell, there is most likely mold. Whether it’s a recurring problem or left over from a one-time issue, it still must be dealt with. A dehumidifier will help remove the excess moisture and the smell in the meantime as you fix the problem.
Do any of these problems sound like issues you’re experiencing? Visit us at One Stop Rental at our Mason or Liberty Township, Ohio locations, or give us a call and we’ll get you the humidifier you need. You can also reach out to us on any of our social channels for advice, inquiries about our equipment or just to chat!