Moisture & Air Infiltration Management

Moisture & Air Infiltration Management

What You Need to Know About Moisture-Based Wall Damage

When it comes to owning a structure that lasts, one of the biggest factors working against you is moisture infiltration. Consider these factors:

  • Water will penetrate the wall through any opening.
  • It seeps through exterior siding when the wind blows.
  • It leaks through cracks.
  • It soaks through mortar, stone, stucco, and brick.
  • Air brings moisture into the wall in vapor form.

Once inside the wall, water can cause significant damage if it’s not properly managed. A typical residential wall is at least 25% wood or cellulose. Undetected, wet wood leads to mold, mildew and rot. Worse, cellulose and fiberglass insulation lose their R-value when wet, decreasing their insulative performance over time.

To prevent exterior water from penetrating the wall, structures require the protection of a water management approach that combines exterior cladding, secondary weather barriers, and flashing.

If your walls lack an effective moisture management system, you could be the victim of:

Rot

Mold and Mildew

Water Damage to Insulation

Elevations’ WeatherEzation process adds a critical layer of protection to your home’s exterior that significantly reduces the possibility of water damaged walls and air infiltration. Protect your investment – call the experts at Elevations to handle your renovation or remodeling project.