Thursday, August 23, 2018

Where Does The Water Come From?

Picture the scene. You’re at home, relaxing at the end of a long day, and suddenly you notice a stain on the ceiling. As the stain grows, it seems to develop a life of its own. Without warning, there’s a subtle shiver, and a little drop detaches itself from the stain. It falls onto the coffee table with a soft ‘plop’. And as you watch it explode on the hard wooden surface, one thought appears in your mind: Where does that water come from?

Can you trust your doors and windows?
Water or excess moisture in the air can come from a variety of places. A common explanation lies within your doors and windows. On a rainy and stormy day, if your doors and windows are not fully shut — or if they are not air- or water-tight – you might notice the presence of water. With an open window, you can’t get wrong: You’ll notice a puddle forming next to the area. However, when your window is letting the moisture in, you might first notice condensation on the glass, or cold air in its vicinity.

Your insulation is wearing off
Sometimes, it’s not the windows that are in cause, but it’s the external wall itself. However, when the outside layer of your wall or roof is wearing off, it might crack and let the moisture penetrate your structure. For properties that are isolated through wood siding, you might consider replacing rotten wood siding to avoid putting the house furthermore at risk. Ultimately, when water infiltrates the structure of your wall, it can affect the temperature of your rooms, your electrical system in the wall, as well as the solidity of the building.

It comes from the basement
If your house has been built on naturally wet soils without primarily dealing with the moisture problem, you might be able to trace the formation of mold patches back to your basement. However, by the time the moisture penetrate through the rest of the house and becomes noticeable, it’s fair to say that mold spores would have already covered a vast surface. Nevertheless, wet basement issues can be managed through intensive treatment and structure renovation.

You’ve got a leak in your plumbing
If each time you take a bath you notice a stain on the ceiling in the room underneath the bathroom, you don’t need to look any further: Your plumbing is leaking. Thankfully, minor leakage issues can be easily solved, especially if you can get access to the pipes – some tubs have a removable panel. Leak stains around the shower can quickly be sorted out by using caulk or grout – depending on the location of the problem – around the affected area. For serious issues, you might need to consult a specialist.

You can’t find any source
What can you do if you can’t identify where the water comes from? When suspicious wet stains appear and can’t be traced to any visible element, it might be a sign that water has infiltrated your insulation layer. With the help of a professional, you can audit the area and assess the stability of the remaining structure.

Water in your home is always a sign that there’s something wrong. Thankfully, it doesn’t always have to be life-threatening. Nevertheless, if you can’t identify the source rapidly, you risk weakening the internal structure of your property.

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