Uncontrolled moisture is the most prevalent cause of deterioration. It leads to erosion, corrosion, rot, and ultimately the destruction of materials, finishes, and eventually structural components. Ever-present in our environment, moisture can be controlled to provide the differing levels of moisture necessary for human comfort as well as the longevity of building materials and furnishings.
The challenge to a homeowner is to understand the patterns of moisture movement in order to better manage it-not to try to eliminate it.
There is never a single answer to a moisture problem.
Diagnosis and treatment will always differ depending on where the building is located, climatic and soil conditions, ground water effects, and local traditions in building construction. Three of the solutions provided for crawl spaces are: (Click for more information)
Some of the more common signs of visible as well as hidden moisture damage include:
- Presence of standing water
- Fungus or mildew
- Wet stains
- Eroding surfaces or efflorescence (salt deposits) on interior and exterior surfaces
- Musty smells in areas of high humidity or poorly ventilated spaces with warped
- Cracked or cupped wood