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Keeping Dry

A wet and warm environment welcomes pests and mold, which means it's important to keep moisture out. Not only could moisture and mold cause structural damage but also respiratory illness. Keeping your home dry will help prevent these problems and provide a safe, clean environment for you and your family.

Quick tips to keep dry:

  1. Find and fix water leaks. Leaks may be from the structure or plumbing.
  2. Maintain indoor humidity below 50 percent.  
  3. Make sure rainwater drains away from your home.
  4. Check windows and doors for a weathertight seal.
  5. If you have a basement, make sure it has a working drainage system.
  6. Use exhaust fans in kitchen and bathrooms.
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