It's that time of year in Central Florida where the deluge of rain has begun. It's time to have CES proactively assess your facility for rainwater intrusion and leaks.
Moisture, in all its physical forms, is commonly regarded as the single greatest threat to durability and long-term performance of buildings. Excessive exposure to moisture is not only a common cause of significant damage to many types of building components and materials, it also can lead to poor indoor air quality (IAQ) and unhealthy indoor environments.
Almost all buildings will experience some kind of water intrusion, in the form of leaks, flooding or other excessive indoor dampness at some point in their life cycle. One may conclude, that in Central Florida, all buildings will experience some kind of water intrusion.
Water leaks are exceedingly detrimental to the health of buildings. Water could enter the building envelope through different paths – from damp construction materials during the construction stage, through leaking roofs, basements, water features, wet areas and leaking water installations. Concrete being a permeable material, leaking water will find its way in and spread easily. If the source of the water leakage is left unattended, it can cause significant structural damage that often needs very expensive rectification to structural elements.
A long list of serious adverse effects can result from moisture problems. There is wide agreement that successful management of moisture in its various forms is essential for buildings to be durable, safe, and energy efficient.
Building owners and tenants bear a significant proportion of these costs, including:
- Absenteeism due to illnesses such as asthma.
- Reduced productivity due to moisture-related health and comfort problems.
- Increased insurance risk, repair and replacement costs associated with corroded structural fasteners, wiring and
- damaged moisture-sensitive materials.
- Repair and replacement costs associated with damaged furniture, products, and supplies.
- Loss of use of building spaces after damage and during repairs.
- Increased insurance and litigation costs related to moisture damage claims.
It has been reported that 70% of all building related litigation is from water leaks.
Over time, stress on building structures can result in a hole in a roof, oftentimes where planes intersect, such as where flashing surrounds a plumbing vent or rooftop air conditioner. Even if it’s just a pinhole leak to start if it is left undetected for very long, that dripping water can cause serious damage to a building and even adversely affect its structural integrity.
A leak doesn’t always have to be particularly severe before it's noticed as water stains or seepage in the walls or ceiling, and some leaks will show up more or less immediately. Other leaks could be happening for weeks before anyone notices. Some leaks might not be evident in any way, such as a pipe leak for which the building’s management can’t find the source. Such a leak might initially be detected through the building water meter.
Whether you're looking to proactively identify hidden sources of moisture or need to restore property from moisture, mold, or fire damage, you know the value of having comprehensive and accurate information at your fingertips.
A skilled thermographer who has a thorough knowledge of construction can detect failures long before any other testing method;
- reducing downtime,
- saving equipment costs and
- increasing personnel safety.
CES utilizes the latest state of the art FLIR equipment. Our cutting-edge technology provides the highest quality detailed imagery. We provide thorough and comprehensive reports pinpointing the exact cause of problems that threaten the integrity of your building systems.
CES's Moisture Survey consists of a detailed non-destructive inspection, to assess if there is currently any moisture intrusion and to make a determination of conditions that may allow for mold growth. Working with the building’s owner, management, or engineering staff we will also review areas of prior history of water or moisture damage within the building. We focus on the following areas of concern:
- Mechanical Systems - HVAC and Plumbing
- Exterior walls and roofing
- Interior framing and surfaces