Winning The War Against Moisture

September 29, 2008
Publication: Construction Specifier p 70-78
Author(s): O'Brien, Sean M.

Abstract: Most architects, contractors, and building owners know a primary cause of building damage is exposure to water, and that as long as materials and systems are kept dry, the risk of damage is relatively low. However, there are several mechanisms by which building materials become wet, many of which are not well understood. Complicating matters further, keeping buildings dry is a cradle-to-grave endeavor, spanning across all four stages of the life of a buildings - design, construction, operation and renovation. This article describes the multitude of methods by which building materials can become wet, and how to avoid exposure to moisture throughout all stages of the building lifecycle.