Monitoring Moisture During Build!

Monitoring Moisture During Build

Monitoring moisture during any build is a vital factor in the success of the project both before and after it has become ‘water tight’. Issues arising from excessive moisture effects contractors, building owners as well as future residents.

No matter the size of the build there are many moving parts with various contracts coming in and out, managing the ongoing health of the building can be a challenge. Staying ahead of these challenges is key, as problems during the build can not only affect the budget and schedule of the project but can also resurface later and lead to expensive remedial work being carried out.

Where can moisture come from?

– Weather/ open to the elements
– Leaking pipes
– Poor seals
– Damage to roof, windows, and doors
– High ambient RH
– Ground moisture
– Ineffective grading

Ensuring the construction is dry is important at all stages, from when concrete foundations are laid, the framework is going up, pipework is being fitted, insulation is installed, and more.

Concrete monitoring

Drying out concrete can be a delicate balance, making sure it is properly protected and the ambient RH is not so high the concrete starts to reabsorb. Failure here can result in problems laying the floor covering, poor adhesive bonds, and warped flooring.

Leak detection
Water leaks are one of the largest causes of damage during construction. Damaged pipework or poorly sealed fixtures can allow both large-scale leaks that are immediately detectable as well as slow leaks that can go unnoticed until costly issues start arising. These leaks are often not found until the end of a project when the water is turned on, this means repair work is more difficult and costly. A water leak if not dealt with quickly can lead to damaged plasterboard, insulation, electrics, and flooring among so much more.  The cost of removing spoiled products along with replacements, additional labor, hiring of equipment, and delays to the schedule make water damage one of the most common causes of a loss in profits.

Temperature and Humidity
Managing humidity levels is a critical part of a build, many of the materials used are dependent on being kept at the right temperature levels in order to dry out or to remain in optimal condition. High humidity can lead to longer drying times and delays, warped wood, mould growth, and deterioration.

Moisture mapping using temperature and humidity sensors, leak detection, and thermocouples throughout the project can give the project manager actionable insights into what is happening during the build allowing quick responses to potential issues and preventing costly damage.

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