Signs and symptoms of moisture intrusion are often hidden, and most homeowners are not aware that moisture intrusion is occurring and causing damage to the home. While this is especially true with stucco homes, moisture testing on all types of homes is the best way to minimize the risk of water damage and identify problems before they become serious. Identified early on, preventative measures can be taken to stop the damage.
This service can be included with a comprehensive inspection or it can be conducted independently.
Mould and Moisture Prevention Tips.Condensation:
Gutters and downpipes
Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all the eroding caulk and re-caulk the needed area. Window sills, door sills, and thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint or replace if necessary.
Foundation: Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving, or deterioration. If a significant number of bricks are losing their mortar, call a professional.If you can slide a nickel into a crack in your concrete floor, slab or foundation, call a professional immediately.
Roof: Inspect roof surface flashing, eaves and soffits. Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls
Decks and porches: Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose members and deterioration. Open decks and wood fences need to be treated every four to six years, depending on how much exposure they get to sun and rain.