Have you ever had trouble identifying the source of water damage in one of your commercial buildings? How long did it take to find and repair the source of the problem? Did you think the problem was finally resolved, only to have it rear its ugly head again? That’s why now, with winter’s freezing temperatures, is the perfect time for you to check for potential water damage.
When temperatures drop, water freezes and condensation forms—providing clear indicators of the source of water damage. This is the time when mother nature helps us identify and diagnose the root cause of water damage—damage that could be producing hidden mold growth.
Take a look at the walls, ceilings and windowsills of your commercial properties—if you see any dampness or water staining, bring in a professional engineer now to evaluate the problem.
Because lower temperatures will freeze any trapped water, the engineer is able to use testing and observation (as opposed to speculation and theory) to identify the root cause of the water issue. Thermal imaging cameras can be used to ‘see’ where trapped water is frozen; while temperature/humidity recorders the size of flash drives can be placed in and around the walls and window systems to track temperatures, humidity levels and dam points over time.
Because these tools are not as effective in warmer temperatures, take advantage of the cold winter days and nights to identify any new instances of potential water intrusion or to finally locate the source of a recurring issue. Your licensed structural engineering professional can help.
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