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A moisture meter verifies that the moisture of the framing is below the recommended 18%
Blue stain
Building materials have signs of water damage and high moisture content
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
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 – Moisture-resistant backing material has been used above the tub enclosure
Right – Shingles kept wrapped and on pallets to prevent from getting wet
Right – There is no carpet installed in the bathroom
Right – There is no carpet installed in the bathroom
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.
Select flooring appropriate for wet areas
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 – No backing installed behind shower enclosure
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