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Window Condensation Causes and Cures

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Condensation forms when warm, moist air touches a surface that is colder than the dew point of the warm air. As that air becomes colder and its temperature drops below its dew point, it must release excess moisture to reach its new, lower dew point. It releases moisture in the form of water, which appears on the colder surface.

A common example of moisture condensation is when a glass of ice water “sweats” when you bring it outside in the summer. When the warm, moist air touches the cold glass, the temperature of the air drops below its dew point, forcing the air to release moisture in the form of water on the sides of the glass. There are many things in our homes that put moisture into the air. Normal breathing and perspiration adds 3 pints of water to the air every day for each person in your home. In fact, every activity that uses water adds more moisture to the air including cooking, taking showers, dish washing, and doing laundry.

What If Condensation Appears on Your New Harvey Windows?

Your new Harvey windows are designed to prevent air infiltration into and out of your home. Your old, drafty windows allowed the moisture in your home to escape (along with your heat)! Your new Harvey windows are tight and do not allow the moisture in your home to escape. You need to control the humidity in your home.

Controlling Indoor Humidity

Homes are now made tighter than ever. They are well insulated and no longer “breathe” on their own. Steps must be taken to ventilate the house, allowing moisture and humidity to escape. With proper ventilation, you can eliminate condensation before it causes any major damage to your home.

Steps to control the humidity in your home include:

  • Venting gas burners and clothes dryers to the outside
  • Installing exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms
  • Controlling or covering other sources of humidity (radiator water pans, fish tanks, large numbers of plants, etc.)
  • Installing a dehumidifier
  • Opening fireplace damper
  • Ventilating the crawl space or basement: Install foundation vents or leave a basement window cracked in the fall or early winter to ventilate your basement or crawlspace
  • Ventilating the attic: Because of vapor pressure, the moist warm air from your home can go right through your ceiling into your attic. If your attic is not ventilated, the humid air will condense on the cold underside of your roof. This condensation can start to rot the roof boards, cause ice dams, or drip down onto the ceiling below and damage your plaster, paint, and attic insulation.
Condensation in Your Home – A Warning Sign
Condensation can occur wherever warm, moist air comes in contact with a colder surface, which is why it usually happens during the winter. During winter, the air in your house is much warmer than the air outside.

Condensation usually is first noticed on your windows because they are the most visible areas of your house. Condensation on your windows means that the air in your house has too much moisture in it. Your indoor humidity is too high. While you notice condensation first on your windows, it could mean that your excessive indoor humidity is causing damage elsewhere in places you can’t see, such as: your walls, ceilings, floors, and your attic roof. Excessive indoor humidity can cause blistering and peeling paint, warping and rotting wood, as well as the formation of mildew.

Condensation vs. Seal Failure

It’s very important to note that condensation is not an indicator of a seal failure in your windows. If there is fogging, hazing, or moisture occurring between the insulated glass panes that cannot be touched or wiped away, that could be an indication of a failed seal. If this happens, please contact our Field Service department and we will promptly respond.

Temporary Condensation

Wood, plaster, cement, and other building materials used in new construction and remodeling produce a great deal of moisture. A new home or addition will have excessive moisture from the new foundation. Concrete does not dry completely for up to one year. Rapid drops in temperature can also create temporary condensation problems during the heating season.

Give us a call if you have any questions – 508-823-2413

(Information Courtesy of Harvey Building Products)

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Spring Cleanup Checklist

Spring Has Sprung… Well, hopefully soon!

Here are some spring clean up ideas to think about to prepare your home:

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  • Check gutters & downspouts for proper drainage and debris.
  • Check waste pipe flanges and chimneys for leaks.
  • Check decks, porches and stairs for damage or rot.
  • Check hand rails to make sure they are secure.
  • Check your basement for cracks and leaks.
  • Check for damaged or missing roof shingles.
  • Check to make sure siding is properly secured.

 

Give us a call if you have any concerns you would like addressed 508-823-2413

How to Prepare your Home for Winter

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If you haven’t gotten your home ready for winter, now is the time.  Here are some tips to get you and your home ready for the cold:

1. Inspect your roof for missing shingles. Also, clean leaves and debris out of gutters and ensure that downspouts are in place and secured.

2. Check all exterior window and door openings, vents, and pipes. Check to make sure windows and doors close properly and have weather-stripping.  Also, check to make sure vents are clear.

3. Have your furnace inspected. This will prevent problems during the heating season and should also help keep the utility bill down. Make sure to change the filter regularly, especially during heavier use.

4. Inspect your chimney or have it swept. Chimneys used by fireplaces and appliances should be inspected on a regular basis.

5. Visually check your foundation. Take a walk around your house and  inspect your foundation by looking for cracks.

6. Turn off water supply to exterior faucets and drain hoses. Burst water pipes are usually found when temperatures warm and pipes thaw.

7. Mark off walk-ways and drive-ways with flags before snow falls, this may help locate specific areas in need of snow removal.

8. Prepare an emergency kit. When the power goes out, you’ll be thankful for having a bin of “needed” items: blankets, candles, matches, flashlights with batteries, first aid kit, manual can opener, non-perishable food and bottled water.

Give us a call if we can be of any assistance !

508-823-2413

252 Britton Street, Raynham

May is National Home Remodeling Month

th36EUEVH0Since May is National Home Remodeling Month, homeowners planning to stay in their home should know about remodeling projects that increase the home’s usefulness and make it better to live in.

Housing market data reveals that small, smart remodels reward home owners with better return and can help update and customize a home.

Review these top 5 remodeling projects:

1 – Remodel the bathroom – Payback on a bathroom remodel can reach 65% with new fixtures, tile, toilet, vanity and lighting.

2- Remodel the kitchen – A minor kitchen remodel can improve the look and utility of the space without costing a bundle, and yields a 75% return.

3- Replace windows and doors – Updating windows can also return a solid portion of their investment 71-73%. Energy efficient doors and window also help reduce energy leakage.

4- Repair property damage – Property damage is a common but unfortunate occurrence. That would be the time to incorporate home remodeling that you may want done as well.

5- Whole house remodeling – Repairs and replacements of old components and the desire for upgraded amenities were cited as the top reasons for customers to hire a remodeler.

We are booking for Summer work now – Give us a call when you are ready!

How do Ice Dams Form?

How Do Ice Dams Form?

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Ice dams are formed when heat from the inside of a home escapes into the attic and warms the roof decking during the winter. This heat, combined with heat from the sun, can melt snow on the roof.  Melting snow then runs down toward the eaves as water. When it reaches the cold eaves and gutters it re-freezes.

This continual thaw and re-freezing process creates ice dams. The result is water backing up under the roof shingles where it can soak through the roof decking or wall sheathing, causing damage to attics, ceilings and walls.

How Do Ice Dams Form?The weight of an ice dam can quickly become enough to rip gutters off a house and even damage the roof structure. Furthermore, water that backs up behind an ice dam can get under the roofing and find its way into walls and ceilings. The potential for costly damages to your home from an ice dam are significant.

There are a few ways to defend against the damage ice dams cause:  attic insulation, attic ventilation system,  water-proofing shingle underlayment and snow melt socks.  Fortunately, most of this work can be done anytime of the year.  So if you see icicles forming around the edge of your roof, now is the time to do something about it. Don’t try and hold out for spring – call us today!

2014 Energy Tax Credit

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Great News:  We just found out that the Energy Tax Credit was extended through 2014.

If you installed Energy Efficient Windows, Doors, Skylights or Insulation in 2014 and have not already taken a tax credit on energy since 2005, you may qualify.

The 2014 Tax Credit is for 10% of the amount paid on job materials only, up to $300.00 max credit.

If B&D Construction installed your energy qualified products last year. Contact us and we can get you the property tax documentation for your filing.

We can be reached at  508-823-2413 or info@banddconst.com

Preparing Your Home for Winter

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If you haven’t gotten your home ready for winter, now is definitely the time.  Here are some tips to get you and your home ready for the cold:

1. Inspect roofs for missing shingles. Also, clean leaves and debris out of gutters and ensure that downspouts are in place and secured.

2. Check all exterior window and door openings, vents, and pipes. Check to make sure windows and doors close properly and have weather-stripping.  Also, check to make sure vents are clear.

3. Have your furnace inspected. This will prevent problems during the heating season and should also help keep the utility bill down. Make sure to change the filter regularly, especially during heavier use.

4. Inspect your chimney or have it swept. Chimneys used by fireplaces and appliances should be inspected on a regular basis.

5. Visually check your foundation. Take a walk around your house and  inspect your foundation by looking for cracks.

6. Turn off water supply to exterior faucets and drain hoses. Burst water pipes are usually found when temperatures warm and pipes thaw.

7. Mark off walk-ways and drive-ways before snow fall, this may help locate specific areas in need of snow removal.

8. Prepare an emergency kit. When the power goes out, you’ll be thankful for having a bin of “needed” items: blankets, candles, matches, flashlights with batteries, first aid kit, manual can opener, non-perishable food and bottled water.

Give us a call if you need any assistance!