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The NEW #1 Question To Ask Your Custom Home Builder - Water Management Strategy

January 24, 20242 min read

Hello everyone, it's TJ from Sanctified Homes and Construction, we're addressing a crucial topic in home building: Water Management Strategy. This has become my new favorite question to ask builders, and it should be yours too. Let's dive into why this is so important and what you should be looking for.

The Importance of Water Management in Home Building

Water damage is a leading cause of litigation in home building and construction. An effective water management strategy is not just about installing a roof, siding, and windows; it's about a comprehensive plan to protect your home from water in all its forms - rain, snow, vapor, and even ground moisture.

Why Ask About Water Management?

When interviewing builders for your custom home, asking about their water management strategy is crucial. It reveals their understanding of one of the most critical aspects of home construction. A builder without a clear strategy for water management is a red flag, as it can lead to severe issues down the line, regardless of how luxurious or well-built the rest of the house may be.

Key Elements of a Water Management Strategy

A robust water management strategy encompasses several key elements:

1. Foundation and Groundwater Management

The strategy should start from the bottom, addressing how water from the ground will be managed to prevent it from seeping into the foundation.

2. Siding and Cladding

Proper installation and choice of siding and cladding materials are essential to prevent water from penetrating the walls.

3. Roofing and Drainage

The roof design and drainage system play a vital role in directing water away from the house, ensuring that it doesn't pool or seep into the structure.

4. Landscaping and Exterior Grading

The landscaping and grading around the house should be designed to direct water away from the foundation, preventing potential damage.

5. Vapor Barriers and Ventilation

Managing vapor and ensuring adequate ventilation are crucial to prevent moisture buildup within the home, which can lead to mold and structural damage.

Upcoming Educational Content

In an upcoming video, we'll be printing out a blueprint of an entire house to discuss our water management strategy in detail. This will cover every aspect you need to consider for effectively managing water in and around your home.

The Bottom Line

When building a custom home, understanding and implementing an effective water management strategy is non-negotiable. It's about ensuring the longevity and integrity of your home. So, when you're in the process of selecting a builder, make sure to ask about their water management strategy. It's a question that could save you from a multitude of problems in the future.

For more insights into building your dream home and ensuring every aspect is handled with the utmost care, visit Wisconsin Home Build and Blessed to Build. Remember, building a home is not just about aesthetics; it's about creating a safe, durable, and comfortable space for you and your family. Don't forget to raise your standard in the home building!

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TJ Vitense

Founder of Sanctified Homes and Construction & the Blessed to Build Foundation, TJ believes in raising the industry standards. With his company Strategic Real Estate Experts, he helped hundreds of families buy and sell homes. And, now manages new home construction as one of Wisconsin's best home builders.

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