Summary of key findings in research to date 2005
- Moisture is everywhere in a building – Moisture will always be in building walls. The issue is how much? and where?
- Moisture will accumulate at the bottom plate – The bottom plate is an ideal ¡°control¡± point to determine the net effect of a wall loading
- Leaks create a higher than equilibrium reading in the bottom plate – Careful analysis of the bottom plate moisture levels over time gives indication of the wall¡¯s moisture loading above it.
- A moisture gradient exists across the bottom plate – The wet section of wall is the bottom external corner of the bottom plate section facing the cladding