Moisture problems in new homes: is it possible?

In any building, moisture can occur at some point. In many cases, this remains almost innocuous, such as the occurrence of condensation after showering. However, over time, even seemingly minor moisture problems can cause damage. Read all about moisture problems in new homes here.

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What moisture problems in new construction homes?

Several types of moisture problems can crop up in a new home. We list some common causes of moisture problems in a new construction.

Construction moisture

Often moisture problems in new construction homes are caused by construction moisture. Building materials such as cement and concrete require a lot of water during production. In addition, weather conditions during the works can also cause additional moisture. After construction, it is essential that these materials be given sufficient time to dry out properly before the property is occupied. In addition, adequate ventilation must also be provided. However, we often find that this is not always respected in practice, which can result in increased humidity or moisture stains. Therefore, wait a sufficient amount of time and ventilate your new construction home thoroughly before you finish your walls and floors and move in, or you will eventually experience moisture problems.


In humid areas such as the kitchen and bathroom, humidity rises quickly. When you cook or take a bath, a large amount of water steam enters the air, which will then deposit on cold surfaces, such as the walls and ceiling. The resulting water droplets are harmless at first. However, it becomes a problem when the humidity is too high for a long period of time and the water steam cannot get away. This type of condensation problems is often caused by mistakes in construction or poor insulation installation.

Rising damp

Rising damp occurs when walls absorb soil moisture or excess rainwater. This phenomenon is often caused by high groundwater levels and can be exacerbated by flood defence problems. Failure to do so when renovating the water barrier is one of the most common construction mistakes that lead to this moisture problem. Leaving plaster to the ground can also contribute to rising damp.

Consequences of moisture problems in new construction

Moisture problems in a new construction have adverse effects on both livability and the value of the new home:

  • Health implications. Moisture problems in a new building go hand in hand with lower air quality. They can lead to respiratory, asthma- and allergy-related problems. Especially in humid environments where mold thrives, occupants' health is at risk.
  • Effects on livability. Moisture problems lead to moisture stains and mold growth, which is further accompanied by an unpleasant odor. In addition, a damp living, bath, or bedroom is harder to heat, requiring more energy.
  • Effects of moisture on new home construction. Moisture problems lead to an overall reduction in the value of the home and can damage the structure.

The longer symptoms are ignored, the more difficult and expensive treatment becomes. Thus, it is essential to address moisture problems early, even if they only occur during the winter.

Addressing moisture problems in your new home

Just as there are different causes for moisture problems, there are also different moisture solutions that can fix the moisture problems. Some examples include:

The best solution to use depends very much on the cause and extent of the moisture problem. Make sure you call on the expertise of a moisture expert, as this ensures the proper selection and correct application of moisture control methods.

Have you noticed a moisture problem in your new construction? Or are you planning to purchase a new construction home? Then we understand that you want to do everything you can to avoid moisture problems. Have your property inspected for possible moisture problems. That way, any problems are quickly spotted and an appropriate solution can be provided. This way you can enjoy your new home without any worries. Feel free to contact us for a moisture analysis.

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