Water and Moisture Damage

Water damage is easier to see. We can usually see roof leaks and wet basements. The damage that can occur is the result of liquid water soaking into materials that must be kept dry. For example: wood, drywall and plaster, flooring and furniture. Some types of water damage can be reversible, for example some wood materials can be dried out and restored. Other types of water damage result in irreversible conditions. For example, most drywall surfaces loose their integrity when soaked in water and may become infested with potentially dangerous fungal organisms.

Moisture Damage can be much harder to see and often starts in hidden portions of a structure. Moisture damage is usually occurs warm and moisture saturated air comes in contact with a cold surface and condenses on that cold surface. Moisture in air disperses like any gas and can penetrate most surfaces. Moisture laden air will penetrate walls and ceilings unless the drywall surfaces in a home are treated with a vapor barrier paint system or backed by a vapor barrier surface. This means that the moisture around a foundation may find its way into the home, saturate the heated air and find its way into all parts of the structure - even the roofing material.

One of the best ways to prevents water and moisture damage is by installing and maintaining a good gutter system.

See also Topics: Footing Drains