What causes water infiltration?

Water infiltration can cause major problems for building owners. It’s a huge factor affecting the durability of a building and its ability to perform its basic functions. It can cause mold, corrosion, decay, and other related deterioration problems.

So as a building owner, what do you need to be aware of when it comes to the causes of water infiltration?

Rainwater and groundwater

If the structure was built on a site that doesn’t allow for proper drainage, or if the drainage systems were designed poorly, rain water and groundwater can cause infiltration. Rain and groundwater can be pulled into the facility through any number of occurrences, including differences in air pressure, gravity, and even wind.

Moisture in the outside air

If the building is not properly sealed from the outside elements, a humid environment can cause water infiltration. Openings in the envelope or HVAC system can allow this to happen. Of course, this a larger problem in hot and humid climates.

Moisture in the building

If the facility has ineffective humidity controls or inadequate maintenance, moisture inside the building can cause water infiltration. Differences in water vapor pressure make this an issue. It can be a significant problem in cold climates where moisture can condense inside the walls during the winter months.

Old windows

Over time, windows in the building are likely to develop a broken seal. Cracked caulking, paint around the windows, or flashing can be problems that allow leaks around your window. A water-tight seal is essential to avoid leaks.

If you suspect you have a problem with water infiltration and aren’t sure what to do, contact us for a professional consultation.

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