We provide the inspection, testing, and sampling services necessary to locate the sources of water intrusion into a building, or building components, be it liquid water from leaks, condensation from the infiltration of humid air, or water vapor diffusion.
As is typical of our practice, we apply a multi-disciplinary approach to water intrusion problems involving, as needed, the professions of building science, architecture, engineering and industrial hygiene. Typically, an investigation into a water intrusion problem starts with a thorough inspection by an industrial hygienist and building scientist to find locations and patterns of water damage, mold growth, and other signs of moisture problems. Once the location and pattern of the moisture problem is known, we bring the professions of architecture and engineering to define the cause, and design the cure for the problem. We prepare construction documents to bid the necessary repair and remediation work, oversee the work, and perform testing to make sure that the problem has been solved.
Our investigations into water intrusion problems are enhanced by involvement of our industrial hygiene staff and material scientists. For example, when we are called in because of a mold problem, the genera of mold being supported by a moisture problem can be diagnostic of the type of leak. Some varieties of mold proliferate in continuously wet environments – such as from a pipe leak, while others predominate in conditions with alternating wet and dry conditions such as occur with rainwater leaks. Our industrial hygiene staff can sample to identify the types of mold involved. Our material scientists can observe phenomenon such as corrosion, material shrinkage, staining, dissolution of binders, and inform field investigators about the relative amounts of water, or humidity, involved.
We offer a wide range of services pertaining to mold and moisture intrusion including, but not limited to, the following:
- Moisture intrusion inspections
- Moisture measurements
- Mold sampling
- Building envelope inspections
- Roof inspections
- Leak and infiltration testing of windows
- Leak and infiltration testing of walls
- Thermal imaging
- Computer modeling of water vapor transport
- Insurance claim analysis and support
- Vapor transmission modeling and analysis
- Pre-disaster planning
- Disaster recovery planning
Here are some examples of past projects that illustrate our approach.
- Moisture Analysis in Storm-Damaged Florida Condominium
- Evaluation of Mold Amplification and Moisture Dynamics in University Dormitory
- Water Intrusion in Community Library Building
- Historic New Orleans French Quarter Hotel Damaged by Hurricane Katrina
- Hurricane and Flood Damages to New Orleans High-Rise Building