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Moisture leaking out of chip in floor tile

I think your cracking the floor is a blessing in disguise. Clearly there is water under the tile that needs to be dealt with. I'd start by checking the obvious things like the toilet seal and the ...
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Will it cause problems to shower without the exhaust fan and only turn it on afterwards?

Condensing water is never good. The vapor will creep in places where it may not quickly evaporate once it has condensed. It will condense easily but dry slowly in cold places and badly ventilated ...
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How to get rid of moisture in hardwood flooring?

Your problem is obvious. Moisture is migrating up from the slab. I don't imagine anyone suggested to do a moisture check on the concrete before you started? There are meters that can measure the % ...
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Moisture leaking out of chip in floor tile

It’s highly unlikely that “failed” grout would create the refill rate of wet flooring you describe. Most shower failures are generated by leaky or failing plumbing in the wall, behind the tile. I ...
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Moisture leaking out of chip in floor tile

Call a plumber immediately! This is uncomfortably close to my recent experiences.. My kitchen floor had a damaged tile (similar story, something got dropped on it) and water was welling up from under ...
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Moisture leaking out of chip in floor tile

Get a dehumidifier running in there and see if you can dry it out, you’ll have to stop using the bathroom (if you can) and it might take a while (possibly days) Once it’s completely dry try using one ...
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How can I prevent a wooden door from expanding and binding when it rains?

I am going to guess that you have a wood door causing the problem. If you have checked the original installation and frame alignment and feel that cannot be changed, then the only real solution is to ...
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Will it cause problems to shower without the exhaust fan and only turn it on afterwards?

Not a big problem but moisture is almost never a good thing in a house unless you live in a very dry climate. Why not turn the fan on first thing? In addition to mildew, moisture isn't good for ...
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How do you keep vertical siding on a house from leaking?

Ed's suggestion is fine. Another option is to assume it will leak and built to allow it to happen as a rain screen wall. A rain screen wall has a waterproof interior, an air gap, then the exterior ...
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Foundation Built on Ledge Rock

Someone built on rock because the rock was where they wanted to put the house. This mighf reduce foundation cost, too. You repair the foundation the same way you repair any brick or fieldstone ...
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How do I solve this mould problem?

You don't need a DIY forum, you need a lawyer or a politician. Your landlord is breaking the law. Good luck getting this resolved!
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Soil grade is above foundation

How significant of a problem is having the grade above the foundation line? Soil above the foundation means that critters (rodents, worms, reptiles, etc.), bacteria, molds, and water can easily ...
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Will it cause problems to shower without the exhaust fan and only turn it on afterwards?

30 minutes is not an issue as long as it drys out in between. I live in the Pacific Northwest and know such things... You'll be fine running the fan at the end
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Will it cause problems to shower without the exhaust fan and only turn it on afterwards?

I grew up in a wood house with a wooden bathroom that was well-used each morning. We saw first-hand the effects of rotting wood from moisture. I also rented from landlords that didn't take care of ...
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Can I make a raised flowerbed against my siding?

You can rot your siding wall, or you can change your plan. With vinyl siding, IT probably won't rot, but the sheathing & framing behind it surely will. You either need airspace (not a plastic ...
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How to prevent moisture from ruining a climate-controlled wooden outbuilding

You don't mention where you live so it is hard to give specific advice. The best suggestion is that if it will be climate controlled, it should be built similar to any other climate controlled ...
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Can the vapor barrier between a dry floating concrete slab and linoleum flooring be foregone?

Insulated slabs usually have vapor barrier underneath. Since you did a test and found no moisture, there should be no problem installing vinyl flooring on it.
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Non-spray WD-40 equivalent?

Spray onto a cloth or rag and wipe on. Avoids any overspray if you prepare the cloth/rag away from that area.
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Do basement walls with metal framing and foam insulation require fireblocking and draftstopping?

The foam insulation itself is combustible, hence the requirement for a thermal barrier. According to the 2012 IRC: R316.4 Thermal barrier. Unless otherwise allowed in Section R316.5 or ...
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What is the importance of "breathable" home exteriors?

Walls don't need to breathe--people do! What these people mean is that it is important for walls to be able to dry out when they get wet; that they should not trap moisture. This is true, but is only ...
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Vapor and moisture barrier for "above ground" basement

You can put a vapor/moisture barrier up over rigid foam. A lot of new construction in the far north has this as a default. The idea is that you frame right outside of that. In that framing you are ...
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Concerns with washer and dryer in walk in closet

All dryers need a vent. Gas and electric dryers need a vent to the outside of the house to allow all the moisture to escape from the dryer. All-in-one washer/dryer combo units don't need an air vent,...
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What are the options for moisture-proofing foundation from the interior

The new information has radically changed my perception of the actual problem. Preventing moisture movement through the foundation won't help. Instead, it is cold temperatures outside causing ...
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Install plastic between drywall ceilings and rafters?

the plastic will trap moisture in your sheetrock and can cause black mold some areas require hazmat teams for black mold removal, Ran into this a few years ago and it was quite expensive for the home ...
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How do you keep vertical siding on a house from leaking?

The best way would be to dado the boards so they have a small overlap; some people call this "shiplap". The dado can be done on a table saw and is best with a dado blade set whose width you can adjust....
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Cinder Block Foundation - Excessive Moisture

The problem is obvious from the picture. The water sheds down that hill right where the house is. There is a house near me that is at the base of a hill and it floods regularly even though mine does ...
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Drylock First or Anti-Mold Paint First?

It looks like the Drylock FAQ covers this and I missed it. Q. Can DRYLOK® Masonry Waterproofer be used over paint? A. Yes and no. DRYLOK® may be used over any other cementitious-type ...
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What substance absorbs the most moisture in a given time?

Calcium Chloride. They sell it as driveway ice-melt by the 5 or 10 pound bag so it is cheap. It is even used in pickling to make vegetables crisp. It makes a great desiccant.
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Replacing sheetrock with greenboard after remodel

I don't think you need greenboard at all since this a kitchen and not a bathroom. The drywall is sufficient in a kitchen with tile. A kitchen doesn't generally have water soaking through the grout or ...
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