The art of water testing

February 27, 2011
Publication: Construction Specifier v 64 n 2 p 52-27
Author(s): Spagna, Francesco J.

Abstract: "You're running your water test too long- why are you going for more than 15 minutes?" "You're applying too much water- are you supposed to be replicating an 'actual' rainstorm, because this flow rate is more than anything the building ever experiences." These critiques from observers of water leakage investigations raises broader issues about how we assess and fix leaky buildings. The article explores the misunderstandings surrounding ASTM tests related to leaks and fenestration.