Moisture Intrusion & Ventilation Resource Overview

Moisture Intrusion

If you’ve ever dealt with moisture intrusion in a basement then you know how frustrating it can be. Every Construction Professional follows the “Building Code” for their project, so why are there problems? Here in New Jersey, the Department of Community Affairs regulates and enforces the various Division of Codes and Standards which are only a “Minimum Standard”. It takes a builder who recognizes that the Code doesn’t fit every situation to truly understand moisture intrusion management.

Moisture Degrades Building Materials & IAQ

When moisture seeps into the wall cavity and rises via a capillary draw, It creates a distinctive pattern that stimulates microbial growth in the dead air space of the wall cavity.

Elevated humidity in your home helps create a cave-like environment. It is commonly found in basements and crawl spaces. But can also lurk inside wall cavities and places with poor ventilation. Building materials absorb elevated humidity and stimulate biodeterioration. It also attracts insects, rodents and microbial organisms. They all need moisture to complete their life cycles. Mold in particular has become quite a nuisance in Built Environments.

Also Read: An Introduction to Indoor Air Quality Testing for Homeowners

Where Does One Learn How to Address Moisture & IAQ?

Weep holes help manage foundation moisture when tied to a French Drain. If there’s nowhere for the water to go, weep holes in the wall can be a disaster.

First, find an experienced Environmental Contractor well versed in the Code and Moisture Management. They will help point you in the right direction. There’s a lot of relevant moisture & ventilation resources out there.

Great Government Resources

The Federal Government has great resources. Like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dept. of Energy (DOE) and Energy Star are a few. Here are a few links to help get you started:

EPA IAQ and Ventilation

Indoor Air Quality (EPA)

Ventilation and Air Quality in Offices

Energy Star and Benefits of Mechanical Ventilation

DOE / EPA Moisture

Foundation Insulation Effectiveness

Moisture Control Guidance for Building Design, Construction & Maintenance (EPA)

A Brief Guide to Mold & Moisture (EPA)

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Victor Coppola

Victor Coppola is a Building Biologist with decades of diverse environmental experience spanning natural resource management and contaminated sites to Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and building hygiene matters. He focuses on the three most prevalent issues degrading today's built environment: Moisture Odor & Mold (M.O.M.). Mr. Coppola and his Team are sought out by individuals and professionals concerned about IAQ to those actually suffering from Biotoxin Illness. His hybrid blend of environmental interests and services enable him to give a unique perspective into today's changing environment. Think your home is killing you, better call Victor and his Team at GreenWorks.

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