Condensation in your home.

The vast majority of homes we deliver are “out in the country” and one of the more important considerations is water.  This morning we were talking with a client who is investigating a piece of property up north in Franklin County Vermont and that property has an active spring on the property.  They will use that source of water for drinking, cooking, bathing, and laundry.  After all it is Vermont Mountain Spring Water, how good is that!

As important as water is in your home it is also “enemy number one!”  We have talked about 1) perimeter drains, 2) roofing materials, 3) Ice ‘N Water Shield, and all kinds of weather proofing all aimed at keeping the water out.  On one hand we pump the water in and immediately keep water from entering.  Talk about a conundrum wrapped in an enigma. 

Unfortunately, condensation is often overlooked as a significant source of water entering the home.  Some common sources of condensation include:

  1. Cold Water Pipes – during the summer the cold-water in a pipe will cause it to sweat in the summer heat.
  2. Moisture in the air – common atmospheric moisture is an everyday source of water inside.

Condensation occurs only when a gas changes into a liquid.  Since we are talking about water in your home we will limit our conversation to

  • Moisture in the air.  This is when water’s physical state is a gas
  • Condensation.  This is when the gas/moisture changes into water.
  • Deposition – this is the correct name for when gas changes to water.
  • Evaporation – this is when water changes back to a gas/moisture in the air

The most common thing that we see is when the gas/moisture/vapor is cooled and as air cools it is compressed so that the air becomes saturated the vapors change back to water.

For all the physicists out there, please bear with me, this is a brief overview of science.

As the moist air inside your home that is warm tries to escape, this is Heat Loss, it tries to move through your exterior wall.  As that air cools, its density increases, your heated air is compressed and can turn into water.

Tomorrow, we will take a look at what can happen.

Question for today – do you think the moisture inside your home involved with Heat Loss can be a significant concern?  Does it matter if your home is here in The Champlain Valley or over in The North-East Kingdom of Vermont?

This should be quite the conversation!

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