8 Common Problem Signs Reported In Montana
- Bowing basement walls
- Cracking in wall
- Nails coming out of drywall
- Nails coming out of the walls
- Doors hard to close
- Doors do not open/close
- Water leaking through windows
- Damp feeling in basement
Important Facts and Data To Understand
- Heavy rains from late October through March mark the rainy season in the Northwestern U.S., bringing the majority of yearly rainfall to the region from intense storms over the Pacific Ocean. Western Washington and Northwest Oregon have already experienced flooding early in this year's rainy season. November rains caused riverbanks to overflow and levees to be breached, resulting in millions of dollars in damages.
- A damp basement is commonly caused by moisture migrating through a concrete foundation. There may not be a sign of any leak or standing water, but the moisture evaporates, increasing indoor humidity. Another common cause is condensation on the cold concrete walls and floors during humid months.
- The source of your problem could be a water leak or high humidity. Both can lead to mold, mildew, or other biological growth. Depending on the severity, conditions can lead to rot, structural damage, premature paint failure, and a variety of health problems.
- If you already have a mold problem - act quickly. Mold damages what it grows on. The longer it grows, the more damage it can cause.
- 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.
- The potential for moisture problems exists anywhere building components are below grade, whether you have a basement, crawlspace, or slab-on-grade foundation
- During hot humid months, using a dehumidifier in the basement can reduce condensation on the walls. This may work better after you’ve sealed air and duct leaks to reduce the amount of humid outdoor air you are bringing into the basement.
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