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Understanding more about why water intrusion occurs

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2016 | Construction Law

Even though it’s sunny more often than not here in Florida, this doesn’t mean that we are somehow immune to less than desirable weather. Indeed, we see more than our fair share of rainy days here in South Florida during the winter months.

In light of this reality, it’s important for any construction project — residential and commercial alike — to be outfitted with the necessary waterproofing systems, as the failure to do so could result in extensive water damage and thousands of dollars in associated remediation work.

The way to prevent water intrusion from occurring, of course, is to utilize a building design that removes water from the roof as quickly as possible thereby minimizing the opportunity for any pooling. This is something that architects or building designers can accomplish via the installation of a sizeable number of slopes.

As simple as this may seem, water intrusion nevertheless remains a very real problem for far too many people and businesses.

Why then does it occur?

According to experts, there are generally two reasons why water intrusion occurs in residential and commercial structures:

  • Design failure: The architects or building designers, who understand that the overwhelming majority of water intrusion occurs at seams or other vital junctions, nevertheless select an inadequate waterproofing system for the structure.
  • Installation error: The architects or building designers have selected a viable waterproofing system for the structure, but it is not set up correctly. For example, workers may fail to prepare the roof surface properly, use the wrong primers or commit other critical errors that prove costly down the line.

If you believe that a construction defect similar to that outlined above is to blame for your recent water intrusion problems, please consider speaking with an experienced legal professional to learn more about your rights and your options.