More Moisture Controls

Claudette Reichel  |  6/21/2008 2:12:28 AM

Air and humidity control: Air infiltration is a major source of moisture migration into a home, so effective air sealing is an important part of moisture control. Indoor humidity control and exhausting wet air is a key strategy to prevent condensation - as long as that wet air is not deposited under the house or inside the attic. (See Energy Efficiency and Healthy Indoor Air sections)

Plumbing: Avoid locating plumbing within exterior insulated walls (this is a code violation in some areas). Holes in exterior walls, drafts, cold pipes and insulation voids can add up to cause condensation. Burst pipes could occur in the occasional severe cold snap. Likewise, vented attics are a risky location for a water heater and plumbing. If they freeze, a lot more than a floor gets wet. Also, protect your home from accidental flooding from worn washer hoses and water heaters with a pan or floor drain and durable stainless steel hoses.

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