Water intrusion into a house is the most common problem. Water can enter the house through many venues. It can exist anywhere in the house. Moisture can cause damage to walls, floors, finishes and personal belongings. It can cause permanent structural damage to the house. Water can cause the growth of toxic mold, mildew and rot.

Infrared showing water leak
Infrared showing water leak
Mold on walls and floor
Mold on walls and floor
Mold and water damage in basement wall and floor
Mold and water damage in basement wall and floor
Mold on joists
Mold on joists

 

  • Walls and ceilings
    • Water can cause stains on walls, ceilings, around doors and windows
    • Water can cause cracking or swelling of drywall surfaces
    • Can be indicative of leaking or damaged pipes or drains behind the drywall
  • Floors
    • Water can cause warping or buckling of the floors
    • Water can cause damp carpeting, white or dark stains
    • Water can seep through the floor into the sub-floor
  • Pipes - kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, and basement
    • Water can cause corrosion around the connections, leaks or water stains
    • Water seepage can cause leaks in caulking or parts of caulking to be missing
    • Water can seep through grout
  • Basement
    • Water can cause damage to the flooring, baseboards, walls and furniture
    • Water can cause cracks, stains, rust, dampness, mold, and odors.
  • Attic
    • Water can leak into the attic around any roof penetration and where two roof planes meet forming a valley
    • Water can leak into the attic where flashing may be compromised
    • Water can leak into the attic from melting snow and ice on the roof, especially if ice dams develop
    • Water in the attic can cause stains, mold, and wet or compressed insulation
  • Exterior
    • Water can enter the house from the roof - damaged/missing flashing; curled/cracked/missing shingles
    • Water can enter the house from around the windows and doors, damaged siding, etc.
    • Water can enter the house along the foundation and through the basement walls
    • Standing water anywhere outside the house can be a sign of a problem.
    • Water drainage from the roof should be away from the house and the gutter system should have no leaks
Water stain on wall above baseboard
Water stain on wall above baseboard
Moisture damage to laminate floor
Moisture damage to laminate floor
Moisture stains on ceiling
Moisture stains on ceiling
Condensation around bathroom fan
Condensation around bathroom fan
Calcified pinhole leak in sink drain
Calcified pinhole leak in sink drain

When there are signs of moisture, the use of a moisture meter can help determine the various levels of wetness below the surface of tiles, floors, etc. Further investigation can be performed with the use of an infrared camera.

By proper use of a moisture meter and an infrared camera, potential problems with moisture can be identified.

Moisture is the biggest enemy for a house. Left undetected, moisture can lead to mold, mildew and rot.


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