Conversations with Charles Buell Regarding Seasonal Condensation
In this podcast, we discuss finding and reporting on signs of
seasonal condensation in an attic.
This is a common home inspector trap and a subject which, in
many climate zones, we are still struggling to get our heads around
as a building industry.
The building code has really not addressed this problem
adequately in some climate zones, which is leaving consumers with
new houses that are built to code and have seasonal moisture
We look at why seasonal condensation happens and see a diagram
that explains air movement through a building and the stack
We discuss radiant night sky cooling and how this contributes
to condensation problems.
We address the myth that the solution to attic condensation
problems is always more ventilation and we see photos of why this
can make this problem worse.
We look at a case study of a home inspection I performed in the
winter of 2019 and see how tricky it is to provide sound advice
when there are so many possible inputs regarding possible
We look at why seasonal condensation a home inspector trap. We
are definitely looking at something that has to be reported on. Any
issues that are causing the house to get wet, even if just
seasonally, would have to be reported on based on our standards of
practice. Yet, the reality is, we are often unable to give accurate
advice regarding the scope and urgency for repair when we are just
out to the house for a one-time inspection.
On the other hand, I think many home inspectors know too much
to punt and just say, oh, let a mold remediation person look at it.
That may be the safe play, but you might end up with a client
spending money on something that is not even much of a
We provide some sample language used in a home inspection
report to detail our findings and recommendations.