I have just bought a house in the Mid-west that is a Tri-level.
We have so much moisture in the lower level that the tiles don't stick and
on the floor boards they are moist.
I have a de-humidifier running full blast all the time that helps but once
it stops if I am at work etc..
Anyways.. Any ideas on how I can shore up the moisture problem?? Where
should I look etc.??
Yeah I am a new home owner but am someone who does not mind getting dirt
under the nails etc..:)
Darrell F. Crone
Tiles are coming loose, or you tried to install and found the subfloor
wet???? What kind of tile? Please give more info. What is in the
lower level, and where is it in relationship to plumbing and slope of
the lot?? Low side? Water heater and plumbing located there? Slab
floor or crawl space? Sump pump anywhere?
Before you attempt any changes, I would explore having an inspection
done and pursuing warranty issues since you "just" bought the house.
Was anything stated in the purchase agreement about moisture problems?
Are you in an area that has had excessively heavy rain? Soil type?
Swampy/river close by? Generally elevated or low area? On a hill or
Darrell, could you describe the arrangement of the house and the
moisture a bit more, please? Is the moisture confined to the lowest
level? Is that level below grade? Are there stains, generalized rust
or other indications that the moisture condition is long term? How is
the lowest level heated and cooled?
If the moisture is confined to the lowest floor, it may be
condensation resulting from relatively warm, moist air and a slab
cooled by the earth. If the entire volume of the lower level is moist,
but the other levels of the house are not, and there is forced air
heating or cooling, the moisture must be from a source such as
infiltration or leaks that is available in that level only.
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