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Vapor Barriers for South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nebraska

Waterproofing Your South Dakota Home

Keep moisture out of areas where it doesn’t belong with vapor barriers. Understanding what vapor barriers are can help you prevent moisture problems like wood rot, pests, and mold. Remember that humidity levels in your area are a big factor in the amount of moisture in the air. All living things contribute to the level of moisture in a home, as well. Examples of this could be cooking, house plants, showers, and even breathing. During winter months your home is heated to a higher temperature than the air outside. Air has a natural tendency to move from a warm area to a cold area, so the heated air in your home is always trying to move toward the ceiling, the floor, and the outside walls, carrying moisture vapor with it.

Crawl Space Repair Options for South Dakota

vapor barriers

Musty, damp basements should look into having vapor barriers installed. Any material used for damp proofing–typically foil or plastic sheets–is referred to as a vapor barrier. These sheets resist diffusion of moisture through a wall, ceiling, or floor. In technical terms, most of these materials are vapor retarders since the materials have varying degrees of permeability. We need moisture in our homes to survive. However, if it gets into the wrong places in our homes and is allowed to stay there, it can do a lot of damage.

For all of the above reasons, vapor barriers in most homes are necessary so that moisture cannot pass through to cause moisture problems to the structure. Plastic sheeting is an example of a barrier that moisture would not be able to permeate. Warm air in your home is trying to escape through the exterior walls, carrying moisture vapor with it. If it gets into the exterior walls some of it will stay in the walls and condense back into a liquid, a situation that can lead to big problems. Call Rapid Foundation Repair for vapor barriers in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Wyoming.