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Moisture and Air: Householder’s Guide — Problems and Remedies

Introduction

This guide has been prepared to assist in the identification of the signs and probable causes of indoor-generated moisture and moisture-related indoor air quality problems in houses and units in multi-unit residential buildings and to propose practical solutions.

More often than not, many household moisture problems can be solved if one or more of the following steps are taken:

  • Find out where the moisture is coming from.
  • Adopt strategies to prevent excess moisture in the home.
  • Perform maintenance or minor repairs to address leaks.
  • Hire a qualified contractor to make major repairs.
  • Monitor after the remedial work has been done to ensure the problems have been solved.

For renters, report all plumbing leaks and moisture problems immediately to your building owner, manager or superintendent. For the owners of condominiums, if the moisture problem is coming from inside your unit, it is likely something you will have to deal with. If the moisture is coming from outside the unit (leaks through walls, windows, doors, ceilings or plumbing), contact your condominium manager.

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Indoor-generated moisture and moisture-related indoor air quality problems in houses and units in multi-unit residences will be discussed in this helpful guide.
 

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