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What Happens to Building Materials When They Get Wet

8/21/2018 (Permalink)

Air mover on water damage in a Clayton, MO home

When constructing a home, it can be concerning to see your expensive building materials sitting in all sorts of weather conditions, especially in Clayton, MO. Solid lumber materials — such as roof rafters, wall studs, and floor joists — can be dried without a problem, while other materials may be permanently damaged. Broken water supply lines can wreak havoc on building materials as well. Swelling wood in cabinets or the sub floor, for instance, will likely need to be replaced if it remains wet for too long.

A Soaked Subfloor

When a home isn’t waterproofed as quickly as possible while being built, the subfloor can soak up rain water. It will remain wet if builders do not allow it to dry out completely before installing the flooring. This can cause swelling wood and mold growth in the crawl space underneath and in the floor joists. This is more common in new construction when workers do not ensure everything is dry before proceeding.

Broken Water Supply Lines

Supply lines bring water into your appliances, including toilets, sinks, and washing machines. When a line breaks, it can cause major flooding and thousands of dollars' worth of damage. If this happens, it’s best to call a water pipe repair company to assess the damage and fix it properly, so you can be confident there won’t be any mold growing in the near future.

Preventive Measures

When building your house, be sure to have proper protection and water

proofing in place where needed to avoid distended wood issues. Ask them to set deadlines when the weather is nice and to finish the frame and roof as quickly as possible. To avoid supply line flooding, occasionally inspect the seals on your appliances and replace any that are dripping or look damaged.

Swelling wood in your home, whether that home is brand new or not, can be caused by several factors. The important thing is that you take care of it quickly to avoid extensive damage, such as mold growth and weakened structural integrity.

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