Moist Homes and Structural Damage

Moisture comes from the outside of the home through the foundation, walls and floors. Combined with moisture from natural everyday activities, moisture levels will continuously build up in basements and crawl spaces. A lack of ventilation does not remove this moisture. With nowhere to go, this moisture will begin to saturate into a home’s structure. The beams, floors, wall and frames will retain and absorb this moisture, similar to a sponge. Excess moisture will eventually cause wood rot, which threatens the structural integrity of a home, causing wood warping and window condensation.

Moisture issues can even be found in new and remodeled homes. Building materials, concrete and cabinetry are often not adequately dried out and accumulate moisture resulting in mold activity, deterioration and repairs.

Structural Damage caused by moisture

Basements, crawl spaces, floors and beams support a home’s entire structure, so it is vital to extract excess moisture which, if left unventilated, weakens your home, creating expensive, far-reaching problems.

Evidence of Excess Moisture

  • Window condensation
  • Wood rot and floor buckling
  • Peeling paint, wallpaper and rust
  • Damp sheetrock and concrete
  • Insect infestation (such as termites)

A WAVE Ventilation unit greatly improves air flow over the surfaces of a home, drawing out saturated moisture, effectively drying out wood floors, beams, frames and concrete. By constantly circulating air throughout an entire home, both upstairs and downstairs, WAVE Ventilation prevents stagnation and condensation problems, preserving the structural integrity of your home. A dehumidifier can reduce moisture in small areas, but is limited in its ability to extract saturated moisture and dry out the structure of your home.

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