A visual inspection of the building is augmented by moisture meter readings to map out the source of moisture intrusion. A moisture evaluation commences with an exterior inspection to identify construction defects and neglected maintenance issues which can render the exterior envelope vulnerable to water intrusion. Also included are identification of roof damage, roof and surface drainage. Interior issues such as plumbing defects and water leaks, HVAC system operation, chronic condensation caused by inadequate insulation and intrusion of humid outdoor air into the dwelling are included in the evaluation. A report is issued to the client along with digital photographs highlighting the deficiencies found along with recommendations for corrective action.
Moisture not only damages a house and leads to mold, fungus and mildew, but it also attracts termites, rodents and other insects. That’s why moisture control is such an important step in maintaining your property and keeping pests at bay. There are many ways to get rid of moisture at the foundation of your home or commercial property. This blog will discuss the different ways to prevent and treat moisture and mold prevention.
Anyone who owns a house or commercial property knows the costly damages water can create. Water at the foundation can cause extensive damage to your property creating mold, mildew and fungus. Water also attracts termites, which leads to widespread damage.
Of course a leak under or near a structure can cause damage or attract other unwanted pests and organisms to a specific location, but the vast majority of the moisture conditions that we encounter come from a more general source, i.e. water that enters the structure via ground water percolation, improper grading or excessive condensation.
Water entering the foundation – High water during rainy seasons or a shallow layer of clay beneath your crawl space can cause moisture infiltration. These issues can be treated through underground drainage systems, using sump pumps; polyethylene moisture barriers and self monitored moisture evacuation systems.
Condensation – Leaky or poorly insulated ductwork in the crawl space can lead to condensation. Even if the ductwork is not leaking into the soil underneath the house, it can be vaporizing into the crawl space. The hot, humid air collides with cooler air in the crawl space causing condensation. Replacing or resealing the ductwork in conjunction with an automated moisture extraction system can remedy these issues.
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