Water intrusion is a serious problem that can cause
permanent damage to structures and have long lasting health
implications for occupants.
defects can result in costly property damage and health
Evidence of water intrusion
When moisture finds its way into a structure from a leaking
roof, leaking plumbing, leaking doors or windows, poorly
draining landscape, or other cause, it can result in immediate
damage to floors, walls, furniture, and other property. In the
most extreme cases, water intrusion is obvious and easy to
spot where water is standing or a section of wall or ceiling
actually collapses. In other cases, the evidence of water
intrusion may be more subtle, appearing as stains on a
ceiling, wall or floor, damp carpet, swollen wood trim, or
rust stains. These symptoms suggest the presence of water
intrusion, but the cause of a leak may still not be apparent.
Causes of water intrusion
Causes of water intrusion can be as wide ranging as the use of
defective materials in a roof, to poor workmanship in the
installation of doors and windows, or poor planning and design
of landscaping and drainage. Whatever the cause, when water
finds its way into a building, the results can be serious
damage to the property and health issues with the occupants.
Risk of mold growth
The immediate impact of water intrusion is apparent in its
impact on structures and materials. But anytime moisture is
present in building materials, there is also the possibility
for the outbreak and growth of dangerous molds. Unfortunately,
damage from mold growth is often hidden behind walls, in
insulation, and beneath floor coverings.
Toxic mold threatens occupant health
Some types of mold can be toxic to humans even in extremely
small quantities. For this reason, water intrusion defects
must be taken very seriously and repaired as soon as possible
after they are identified. If the water intrusion defect has
resulted in mold growth, immediate remediation measures should
be taken. In severe mold cases, remediation may require
constructive eviction from the property until the health
threat is contained and the property is again safe to occupy.
Water Intrusion Remedies
Remedial efforts have often proved to be very time consuming
and costly. Investigative efforts to determine available and
appropriate fixes are usually exhaustive and detailed. Because
of the specialized nature and usual restricted working
conditions, repair costs typically exceed costs associated
with new construction. Additional costs are often incurred in
meeting current code requirements, locating comparable
materials, obtaining new warranties, etc.
Mr. Albers is an expert witness in a court of law, but
is not an attorney. If you have legal questions related
to any of these topics, please consult an Attorney.