Detecting Water Infiltration at Ground Level
The intense freeze and thaw cycles of Quebec winters, and the ensuing expansion and contraction of materials like concrete, increase the deterioration rate of buildings. This can generate problems such as cracks through which snow, ice and water can seep in. Even in small quantities, the resulting moisture can bring about mould issues.
Swelling materials may even cause pipes to rupture or block French drains.
Every spring or summer, carry out maintenance throughout your home. Make sure the drain is functioning properly and seal holes and cracks in the foundation with the appropriate products.
Detecting Issues on Exterior Walls
Whether made of wood, brick, stone or plastic, the exterior surfaces of your property’s outer walls can weaken. Over time, cladding materials degrade and become less efficient.
A sound building envelope is designed to protect the home without being completely watertight. Indeed, the envelope must allow water to flow away through a moisture drainage system and not trap it inside the exterior walls.
Usually, all buildings have them. The absence of such as system, or its ineffectiveness, can lead to water infiltration.
You can install a vapour barrier rated for our climate. You will also need to replace damaged exterior cladding or repoint the mortar between the bricks to ensure the surface remains watertight. Remember to inspect brick walls for potential frost boil.