In the wake of a tragedy, it’s easy to forget as time goes on and the media stops talking about the disaster that the people affected still need help, even months later. That’s why we wanted to put together a short article that lists ways to help those who were affected by flooding back in August. Water damage in your Shreveport, Louisiana, home doesn’t have to come from flooding, you may also notice damage over time from high levels of humidity. We’ve also put together some tips on how to control your home’s humidity and therefore avoid water damage.
Red Cross: Call 1-800-REDCROSS to donate via telephone or text LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.
Save the Children’s Gulf Coast Disaster Relief Fund: Donations go towards protecting children and supporting families with immediate needs.
Foundation of Louisiana: You can make donations through PayPal to support the Strategic Flood Response Fund.
SBP: Donate online to help rebuild, clean, and gut the homes that were damaged by floods.
For Animal Lovers
Denham Springs Animal Shelter: This shelter was devastated by the floods. You can donate through their GoFundMe account, which is being matched dollar-for-dollar by Petco up to $100,000.
Companion Animal Alliance: Donate to Baton Rouge’s animal shelter by temporarily fostering or donating large towels, paper towels, and water and food for volunteers and staff.
There are hundreds of ways to help, whether you want to donate online, drop off items in person, or donate to a specific cause or group.
Protecting Your Own Home
No one wants water damage in their home, but in Louisiana, home water damage is surprisingly common. Water damage may be caused by flooding or high humidity levels in the home. We’ve put together a list of tips to avoid water damage in your home from humidity and a few ways to fix humidity water damage after it’s happened.
Check Your Moisture Levels
One of the first steps to take when identifying moisture problems is to notice the signs that you have high indoor humidity. You may notice that your home feels less cool or that your air conditioner is running but that your skin feels clammy and too warm. This is one of the first signs that your indoor humidity is too high. With really high levels of indoor humidity, you’ll notice condensation on your windows and other surfaces.
To get an accurate reading on your humidity levels, you can purchase a moisture meter for an affordable price or set up an appointment with one of our HVAC specialists. The ideal indoor humidity is 45 percent, with anything over 50 percent being too high.
Regular HVAC Maintenance
To keep the humidity in your home at proper levels, it’s important that your air conditioner is in good working order. When your air conditioner runs, it pulls warm moist air in, cooling the air and removing moisture with the evaporator coil and then sending the cool, dry air back out into your home. To make sure your HVAC remains in good condition and your home has healthy indoor air quality, be sure to set up regular maintenance appointments with us.
Decrease Hot Activities
Activities such as cooking, drying laundry, and taking long, hot showers can all increase the humidity in your home. Avoiding turning on the stove unless necessary on humid days, hang-drying laundry, and taking cooler, shorter showers can all reduce indoor humidity. If you notice higher humidity in your kitchen, bathroom, or laundry room, be sure to use or install exhaust fans that push the warm, humid air outside.
If you do notice home water damage from humidity, it’s important to take steps to clean it up right away. Wood and other materials that are damaged by water can quickly begin to rot and grow mold, which can be unhealthy and reduce your indoor air quality.
We send our condolences to all who’ve been affected by flooding or have suffered water damage. If you’re concerned about what water and humidity can do to your home, don’t hesitate to call Pioneer Comfort Systems at 318-795-8000.
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