Corbett walks you around Venice, Italy on a recent trip, and teaches the implications of building science on this beautiful city that's being torn apart by seawater. Incredible case study of a lovable place where you wouldn't want to own a home:
Capillary action is the phenomenon of water soaking upwards, like in the roots of a tree. The same happens with buildings that are founded in the sea- the moisture damage to brick, wood, and plaster can be easily seen here:
And once the moisture damage has torn these homes apart, they have surgery to keep them held together for the next hundred years:
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED as a vacation spot, and the buildings are beautiful to see- but be careful what you invest in while you're there!