by: R.W. Olsen & Greg Stockton
Abstract of a Paper From IRINFO 2009
Moisture intrusion is a serious problem for the building owner and the number one problem in construction defect lawsuits. It can shorten the life of the structure, increase the heating and cooling costs and adversely affect the indoor air quality (IAQ) of the building. Building owners may not smell, hear or see cues to a building problem until for instance; a huge stain appears on the wall, ceiling or floor as a result of water intrusion.
Window leaks, door leaks and roof leaks as well as cracked foundations, defective plumbing, cracked or delaminated stucco or EIFS, structural deficiencies, and improperly installed mechanical and electrical equipment are also frequently the causes of moisture problems and the subjects of building investigations.
Under varying conditions building components show differences in temperature because of differences in mass, moisture content and heat transfer. Continue reading →