3 Facade Failures: These cases illustrate how -- and how not -- to remedy moisture problems

October 30, 2011
Publication: Buildings Magazine
Author(s): Eric Olson

Abstract: No facility manager wants to encounter water intrusion and damage. When it occurs, it can result in buckets of uncertainty, expense, and frustration. The correction process can be complicated by business interruption, the competing interests of the parties involved, and lack of knowledge about the cause. Diagnosing problems of water intrusion and proving their existence to others are often hindered by failing to maintain detailed records of weather conditions, locations of leaks and damage, and prior repairs. Hoping for a quick resolution, an owner may select ill-conceived repairs without understanding the risks. Such repairs can mask causes, make diagnosis more difficult, and lead to greater damage.