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January 31, 2020

A Multi-Disciplinary Approach to Mitigating Moisture Issues in Buildings

By Aaron Kovan, LEED AP

FINDING WATER SOURCES AND FIXING DAMAGE REQUIRES A MULTI-STEP PROCESS.

There are so many ways in which the presence of water can affect a building’s structure and function – keeping it out is a large part of the design consideration for exteriors, roofing and finishes. The most problematic damage can lead to structural integrity issues like rot, corrosion, microbial growth, and/or pest infestation; all of which can lead to and health issues for occupants. Surface tension and capillary action can migrate moisture away from the initial spot of intrusion, causing even greater impact.

However, despite all the best proactive measures for sealing a building and monitoring for water intrusion, it does sometimes happen! Suppose that after conducting a Property Condition Assessment as part of a commercial real estate transaction, or as a current property owner, you have found moisture somewhere on the property. Now what do you do?

To read the full article on GlobeSt.com, click here.

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