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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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Door frame rotting on top edge

Wet insulation is never a good sign. I would open up the paneling to see how bad it is, and keep removing insulation until there is no more moisture. You're going to have to do this anyway to add a ...
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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 to protect 2x4 deck framing from ground moisture?

Use ground contact (GC) rated pressure treated wood. Don't skimp by using untreated wood or even above-ground; ground contact or bust! In addition to its rot resistance it is generally less ...
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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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Terminating wall perpendicular to an unfinished outside wall

Always use pressure treated lumber anytime, anywhere it comes in contact with concrete. Just assume the concrete will wick water through (no matter what kind of waterproofing/drainage system may be ...
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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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Why do unused Refrigerator Appliances Grow Mold, while unused Cabinets and electronics don't?

They don't mean "Even when unplugged". They mean "When unplugged". Because refrigerators are wet inside, and refrigerator doors seal too well Try putting 1/2 cup of water inside a cabinet, then ...
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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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Purple drywall in bathroom

No reason not to use them. They are specifically made for humid rooms. However they are not strong enough for tile walls. For that use concrete (backer boards) that will not flex and ruin your tile ...
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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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Are there any electro-osmosis damp proofing systems that work?

There are two sides to an answer for your question you must consider. First, it is important that you properly identify the type of damp. Rising damp should not be mistaken by penetrating damp or ...
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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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How do I stop water leaking from a concrete slab porch into the rooms below?

Concrete always cracks and is porous to water. What you have is a roofing question. The only line of defense is what's above the concrete, and it better be elastomeric to account for crack expansion ...
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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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How can I keep a hanging cloth hydrated?

Place the bottom of the fabric in a shallow pan of water. It'll wick moisture continuously until the pan is empty. It should last a day at least, though. You could even suspend a wallpaper tray from ...
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What's the best way to keep humidity down in crawl space?

An alternate method avoiding high electricity bills and the necessary water drain for the dehumidifier: Installing a fan of an old PC at the Luv side, connected to a small power supply from an old ...
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Water dripping from the ceiling over a humidifier

I bet your ceiling is cold. Consider my cold drink on a hot day. Humidity has spread around the clubhouse. The outside of my glass is dripping wet and I must use a coaster. Why does the humidity ...
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Water dripping from the ceiling over a humidifier

After all it was the humidifier. One week non stop moist stream toward the ceiling did create the described scenario. It took a long time for the dripping to stop.
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