According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), moisture control is fundamental for any building, prolonging its structural integrity, materials and components. Gain insight into how proper design and construction can help avoid moisture problems and maintain moisture control.
What Causes Moisture Problems?
While there are obvious causes to moisture problems in buildings, such as plumbing leaks and flooding, there are several other less obvious causes that can result in significant damage. These include:
- Humid indoor air getting trapped behind wallpaper of an exterior wall
- Using damp or wet building materials during construction
- Infiltration of rain or snow through doors or foundations
How to Aid in Moisture Control During Design and Construction
- Avoid enclosing damp or wet materials
As cited by the EPA, it’s important to keep all materials dry during construction, especially ones more susceptible to moisture, such as:
- Masonry walls
- Finished woodwork
- Floor tiles
However, it’s important to note that water may be needed for installing certain components. If that’s the case, be sure to dry the materials away from other items that may become damp as a result.
- Keep track of condensation levels
Buildings can be designed and constructed so that surface temperatures within it are always above the dew point, mitigating the formation of condensation. This is important particularly with regards to roof assemblies during colder temperatures, as these condensation problems may be hidden.
Use Moisture-Tolerant Materials and Smart Sealants
It’s also a good idea to consider using building materials that can withstand getting wet and dry quickly. Furthermore, sealants play an important role in waterproofing buildings, preventing moisture from entering a building during and after construction.
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