At DriTek Solutions, we believe that our homes should be our havens. Everyone deserves a healthy home in which to live and love. There are 8 principles or essentials of a healthy home. Ideally, a healthy home is:
To address the 8 principles for a healthy home, the design, construction, renovation and maintenance of a house must control the following factors:
At DriTek Solutions, we can help you control many of the principles for a healthy home. One of the main concerns for every house is water. Water is a precondition for mold, insects, rodents, and dust mites. And it is arguably the single most important factor in the design and construction of a healthy home. Water is the most important factor affecting the durability of a home and the most important factor affecting maintenance costs.
If you control water, you have fewer biological pollutants, increased building durability, and lower maintenance costs on your home. The most important exterior sources of water requiring control are:
One of the key elements to controlling water is the concept of drying. It is common sense to accept that things will get wet. The problem is not that homes get wet; it’s how long they stay wet and how well they dry. Homes should be designed to dry.
The main principle of rainwater control is to shed water from the house by layering materials in such a way that water is directed downwards and outwards from or away from the building. This principle applies to walls, roofs and foundations.
Layering materials to shed water applies to the building as a whole (see Figure 1). Overhangs can be used to keep water away from walls. Canopies can be used to keep water away from windows, and site grading can be used to keep water away from foundation perimeters. Drainage is the key to rainwater control. In order for drainage to work properly, it must drain the building site or land properly (Figure 1) and drain off and from the building properly (Figure 2).
Successfully executing strategies to control bulk water and water vapor for foundations is critical for the durability of the house, increased indoor air quality, and creating acceptable conditions and/or living spaces within the foundation space.
Most foundation and below-grade walls are constructed from poured concrete or concrete masonry block. Concrete products are porous and, unless treated, are not waterproof, allowing water to migrate into the building.
Common signs of moisture problems in existing foundations can be seen as visible water or puddles, visible staining of interior finishes, mold growth, and efflorescence (water-borne white mineral salt deposits). Interior finishes or insulation may conceal the presence of bulk water issues for extended periods of time, and problems may not be evident until damage is extensive.
At DriTek Solutions, we believe everyone deserves a healthy home. We can help you in your quest to provide a healthy house for yourself and your family. We are experts at foundation waterproofing, drainage solutions, foundation repair, and crawl space encapsulation.