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A moisture meter verifies that the moisture of the framing is below the recommended 18%
A termite shield and a sill gasket are installed between the sill plate and the foundation on a raised slab foundation
Air seal above-grade sill plates adjacent to conditioned space to minimize air leakage.
Air seal drywall to top plates at all attic/wall interfaces to minimize air leakage.
Blue stain
Building materials have signs of water damage and high moisture content
Caulk or glue along top plates before installing drywall
Cement board installed to a shower surround
Cement board installed to a tub surround
Cover lumber stored outdoors
Delaminated plywood
Do not install carpet in areas that are likely to get wet, such as bathrooms, kitchens, entry ways, or laundry rooms.
Do not install lumber, plywood, or other building materials that show visible signs of water damage or mold.
Elevate stored lumber
Expanded polystyrene insulation is installed with joints taped and lath attached in preparation for the application of stucco. Windows are flashed to the drainage plane (not seen), which is behind the insulation.
Foam gasket installed beneath sill plate
Vinyl frame window replacement detail
Install a foam gasket along top plates before installing drywall
Install a sill gasket between the sill plate and the foundation wall
Install cement board behind tub and shower enclosures.
Mold growth
Mold on drywall
Mold on OSB sheathing
Mold on wall, baseboard, and carpet
Right – Building materials were kept dry and free of mold
Right – Foam board taped at seams installed behind shower enclosure
Right – Foam gasket installed between sill plate and foundation
Right – Installed foamed exterior sheathing intersection as well as the sill plate to sub-floor connection
Right – Moisture-resistant backing material has been used above the tub enclosure
Right – Shingles kept wrapped and on pallets to prevent from getting wet
Right – Sill plate was sprayed with foam prior to installation atop foundation
Right – There is no carpet installed in the bathroom
Right – There is no carpet installed in the bathroom
Right – Top plate to drywall connection sealed from attic with caulk
Right – Top plate to drywall connection sealed from attic with foam
Right – Top plate to drywall connection sealed from attic with foam sealant
Right – Two-thirds of acrylic tape is offset above the joint and over and above the fasteners
Right – two-thirds of the blue butyl flashing tape is above the sheathing seam; the top edge of the butyl flashing tape is covered with clear sheathing tape that is also offset so two-thirds is above the top edge of the butyl flashing.
Seal the drywall to the top plates as part of the home’s continuous air barrier
Seal the sill plate to the rim joist with caulk
Select flooring appropriate for wet areas
Spray foam provides a critical seal between the subfloor, rim joist, and sill plate
Test with a moisture meter before installing building materials
Wall assembly for a hot-humid climate
Wet-applied insulation that is still drying
Wrong – Building materials are being stored outdoors with no protection from weather
Wrong – Building materials with visible signs of mold have been used
Wrong – Caulk is too far from sill plate to properly air seal
Wrong – Foam sprayed at exterior sheathing and sill plate connection leaving gaps beneath sill plate
Wrong – No backing installed behind shower enclosure
Wrong – No foam gasket or air seal beneath sill plate
Wrong – No foam gasket or air seal between sill plate and masonry foundation
Wrong – There is carpet installed too close to the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom
Wrong – There is carpet installed too close to the plumbing fixtures in the bathroom
Wrong – Top plate to drywall connection not sealed
Wrong – Top plate to drywall connection not sealed
Wrong – Top plate to drywall connection not sealed