Hi all, I am in need of some advice.
My home is situated on a cement foundation. I don't have an attic or a basement. This is not a new home, but these problems have started all at once.
I have recently noticed that one end of my house has a moisture problem. One of my walls has become "mushy". I felt it with my finger, and my finger went straight through. I pulled out a piece of drywall and it was soft and had beads of water on it. I was wet like a wash rag! Then 3 wasps came in through that hole, which is another story altogether....but terrifying...... The bathroom on that end is growing mildew on it's ceiling and the walls in it are condensing. The bathroom is seperate from the bedroom with the mushy wall, and the mushy wall is not the wall that has the bathroom on the other side. This is hard for me to explain... Just know that every moisture problem that I am having is happening on this one end of the house.
It's not a leak in the roof, because my dad has checked that already, and we haven't had any rain since I discovered this problem almost a month ago. Yet, the moisture is getting worse.
Today, I was painting along the bottom of a wall in my kitchen when I discovered water along the crack between the floor and the wall. This is the wall to my pantry.
I've noticed that my clothes dryer has a pool of water in it each morning. It's an astonishing amount of water! At least one cup of it! This is also a new problem. We've changed exhaust pipes and cleaned the insides of this dryer with the last 2 months, and the exhaust is perfectly un-obstructed.
It's funny that these things are happening now, because I've already painted the ceiling and floor of that completely ruined bathroom. I did this less than a year ago, and I'm going to have to do it again as soon as we can get this moisture thing figured out. I've just finished stripping, sanding, priming, and painting the 43 cabinet doors in my kitchen, and now the kitchen walls are springing a leak! I've been working steadily in here because I was planning on putting the house on the market later this year. Now all of these horrible things are happening and destroying my progress
If anyone has any experience with mysterious water appearing in someone's walls and dryer during a drought and progressively getting worse, any advice you can give would be so helpful!! I would call an expert to come in and assess it, but I'm extremely low on funds right now and I am afraid I won't get the money for it until the damage gets out of control. I can change the walls, but I just need to find out where this massive amount of water is coming from. Please please help me as best as you can!
Thanks so much!