Moisture problems in your building? Here is how to hack it.

While the rainy  season in Africa  is  a blessing to many famers and water rationed city dwellers , it  can be a  source of   a rude  awaking  to  any building  constructor if it happens that he did  neglect  to put in place, fail-safe  mechanism to deal with  unwanted water problems  in his  built environment .The  very high humidity  at this  time of the year is  most likely  to unleash   unforeseen moisture problems that  will invite   unwanted guests  like moulds and fungi growths, busting  paint blisters  on the walls and suspended floors, unsightly stains on the roof ceiling, leaking taps within the walls, corrosion of steel reinforcements and condensation. In other words the interior finishes will be  ruined  , walls  and the  roof will be weakened   ,the  house  will be exposed to the hazards of  fire in the event of  water shaking   hands  with  live  electrical wires and  in the end, will  compromise the long term high quality performance  of the building .

What to do avoid this nightmare scenario? The best   course of action, in the first place,   is to invest in high quality buildings in which these moisture issues are neutralized early on in design and constructions stage. In other words the developers must ensure that the building substructure is water tight, by skillfully deployment of damp proof course in the foundation walls and damp proof membrane in the ground floor. This will deal effectively with either the problem of damp soils or rising damp.

Secondly, developers   should ensure that the walls and roof are water proof. To minimize wall penetrating rain water, cladding   can be used to render a finishing to the wall so that rain water can drain away immediately. For example wall cladding with granite, limestone or copper can   offer sufficient waterproofing protection to external load-bearing walls of a building.

To avoid the problem of a leaking roof  and stains  on your ceiling ,spare  no  expense or pain in finding and  hiring a qualified roofer   who will ensure that overlapping roof cover is nailed properly   .Also  do not neglect to deploy rain water harvesting  system on your roof. This  will  ensure all  rain water is  collected  from all  sections of the roof and  drained away  from the house to a storage tank and other  designated  outflow  areas  away  from the house.

Third pay close attention to the floor workmanship. If the floor is not as flat as a flat screen TV, then you will have a moisture problem on your hands. A floor  with  contour  encourages  poor  draining of  unwanted water, which will  cause  ponding  in various  parts  of the building . This problem will be more pronounced in high humidity area the bathroom and Jacuzzi where the water is likely to drain in the wrong directions. Ultimately this water will percolate into the floor and ruin the finish of lower rooms ceiling.

Fourth design your water installation   with high water pressure rainy season in mind. Also because cheap is expensive in the long run, avoid substandard water installation supplies and unqualified water technicians.

Lastly, plan for the worst, by providing good drains to channel storm water away from your dwelling or building for that matter. This will bad-weather-proof your dwellings.

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