Strawbale house

This is the log of my experience building my straw bale home. I am told the pictures do not do the actual finished product justice, however, I am pleased to share it with all who are interested on this site. The trials and tribulations in getting the permit could have brought the project to an abrupt halt, but I knew in my heart that this was something I was meant to do and giving in or quiting was never an option. Enjoy........ and feel free to share with your friends!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Wet Patches On The Concrete

Very strange, this past fall, these patches started appearing on the floor (stained concrete), a week or two after the heating system was turned on.
Initially, the obvious was feared, a leak in the radiant floor heating system. After much investigation which included pressure testing the entire floor heating system (everything was fine, and no leaks found) over a period of time.
This problem became baffling (and still is) as we looked into drainage around the house, for the possibility of build up of ground source water etc. We even dug up some of the grading down to the foundation, to see if drainage was the problem. It was bone dry....

Anyway, over the past couple of months these patches are slowly dissppearing and drying out. We still have not figured out what caused them tho.

If anyone has had a similar problem, please comment as this has everyone baffled.
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