Water comes in so many forms, just from a physics perspective: vapor, humidity, water, ice and you don’t want too much of one or too little of another. The negative affects of water can be one of the biggest threats to a building structure. Moisture management is a key component in the construction and maintenance of a building.
Today, Marla and Tony are gabbing about moisture and how to create and maintain the perfect balance for the longevity of the building. There are many components from building, remodeling and managing a house. There is an actual flow to get to the end result.
Water prevails in our external environment in so many ways; water conservation, storm water runoff, flooding, rain, and may more. Have you also ever paid attention to how many homes get destroyed or damage by water? Whether it’s flooding, hurricane, moisture, mold, mildew, or busted pipes a existing structure is susceptible to the damage that potentially can be caused by water!
One of the key things that is important when renting, buying, or remodeling a house is keeping it in properly maintained shape. From the outside coming into a home there is water for plumbing and rainwater. The key to allowing water to come into a building intentionally is balancing the humidity. With properly balanced humidity mold and mildew will not become an issue that will effect the building and the occupants health!
There are also little know factors by most dwellers that can also contribute to the humidity level in the building. For example , having the wrong kind of covering on the wall can trap moisture in the wall thus mold gets trapped in the wall. Or, if humidity gets inside the duct work and develops an environment for mold. Mold is literally blowing out every time the central air comes on! Controlling the vapor, water and humidity in your house is really important.
Things you can do to achieve controlled internal humidity are: run your exhaust fans and keep it maintained, be mindful of wall coverings especially in wet areas like a bathroom or kitchen. If these areas don’t have something “breathable” the walls are going to potentially have issues. Also, proper drainage from the outside because a building can also get moisture from the outside.
Yes today we build for these problems but if you are in a house from the 60’s down you might want to look into these things. The secret of our homes with all this water around, we as homeowners need to figure out is how to keep that balance. Trouble spots in walls would be any areas that have plumbing in the wall like ice makers, laundry rooms, sinks, bathrooms. The problem is how do you know. Look for certain signs like floors cupping, cabinets warping, paint bubbling up these are usually signs you have a leak and the sooner you catch it the less damage done. Also know where your shut off valves are because if there is a problem you can at least cut the water off. With a little bit of common sense thought you can at least keep an eye out for the leaks in the obvious places but the wall is a little harder but by the time you see it, it’s already too late. Because if you get to a point when it’s too much moisture it might be too late. So if you suspect there is mold or mildew and want to clean it up do wear a mask and gloves because it will make you really sick.