Water Management Construction Details

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Fact Sheet

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The typical building envelope is subject to water entry in numerous locations. Keeping water out of a home is the primary line of defense against mold and a necessary condition for durability.

Good water management practices require good drainage details from roof to foundation that work in such a way that water is directed downward and outward. Some critical components are roofs, doors, windows, crawl spaces and foundations.

Download this fact sheet to learn about water management issues for these components and recommendations for good water management construction practices such as:

  • Elevation of crawl spaces
  • Dampproofing of basements
  • Foundation drainage paths
  • Grading of site
  • Installation of guttering and downspouts
  • Roof and deck designs
  • Window opening details

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