8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Arizona
- Water on the floor
- Bowing walls
- Nail pops
- Basement carpet is damp
- Water leaking at floor/wall joint
- Water leaking where floor and wall meet
- Dampness in basement
- Cracks in chimney
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- Floods are a common and costly natural hazard in Arizona. Whether caused by heavy rain, monsoons, or the remnants of tropical storms, the results of flooding can be devastating. While some floods develop over time, flashfloods - particularly common in the state — can occur within minutes after the onset of a rainstorm.
- If mold is a problem in your home, you should clean up the mold promptly and fix the water problem.
- Identify and eliminate the water problem. The most critical step is to identify and eliminate the source of the water that is creating a damp environment. You may need technical assistance from a plumber or contractor todetermine what needs to be fixed or changed.
- Keep indoor humidity low. If possible, keep indoor humidity below 60 percent (ideally between 30 and 50 percent) relative humidity. Relative humidity can be measured with a moisture or humidity meter, a small, inexpensive ($10-$50) instrument available at many hardware stores.
- Turn on electric lights in closets and leave doors open to dry the dampness and humidity.
- Generator exhaust is toxic. Always put generators outside well away from doors, windows, and vents. Never use a generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds, or similar areas. Carbon monoxide (CO) is deadly, can build up quickly, and linger for hours. More information.
- If you your new or existing home has a crawlspace, you can also Install a 6-mil polyethylene vapor diffusion barrier across the crawlspace floor to prevent soil moisture from migrating into the crawlspace. Overlap all seams by 12 inches and tape them, and seal the polyethylene 6 inches up the crawlspace walls. As an option, pour two inches (51 mm) of concrete over the vapor barrier to protect the polyethylene from damage.
- ^ "Arizona Flood Fact Sheet
",AZWater.gov, July 2011, p. 1
- ^ "Mold and Dampness
- ^ "Flooding