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5 Challenges Buildings Face with Water Leaks

In the previous blog we talked about how waterproofing saves you a fortune: a brief introduction on waterproofing, the damage potential of water leaks which highlights the importance of proper waterproofing. Today we are going to talk about 5 of the biggest challenges buildings face with leaks.

Observe the image below, and note the numeration. Each point correlates to its corresponding number.

A building image that shows 5 vulnerable water leak spots.

1. Water leaks through pipes.

  • Deterioration: With time, metal will rust and start leaking.
  • Temperature change: Abrupt temperature shifts will cause quick expansion and contraction leading to cracks.
  • Water pressure: Unregulated water pressure may cause the pipe to burst.
  • Clogs: Creates irregularity in water pressure, also potentially yielding a burst.

Pinhole leaks are common in pipes delves into this issue further and discusses causes.

2. Water leaks through roofs.

Arguably the most common culprit.

  • Bad workmanship: Since a lot of manual labor is involved, waterproofing is prone to human error.
  • Tears and wears: Most commonly occurs due to post membrane installation drilling, expansion joints shifting.
  • Too much exposure to UV: UV light accelerates the membrane’s deterioration rate, therefore it’s important to protect the membrane layer from sunlight.
  • Selecting the wrong product: Different waterproofing products are applied for different conditions. For example, an APP type membrane is not designed to withstand cold temperatures, and applying it to a cold environment will see the membrane crack.

Ten common reasons for roof leaks brings up even more causes.

3. Water leaks through walls.

Walls draw moisture by capillary action from the underlying soils and rocks; moisture that contains salt. Once the moisture reaches heat and air it will evaporate out of the wall.  But the salts remain both in the wall in a crystal form and on the wall surface.  As the salt crystals multiply, it’ll wear down the wall where visible traces can be seen.

4. Vapor causing mold on roofs.

Vapor usually forms from heat, showers, cooking, and even breathing. These factors contribute to the accumulation of vapor on walls and ceilings, especially the colder corners. This vapor accumulation is an ideal condition for unwanted organic growth.

This article discusses the impact of mold on health; who’s at risk, and what you can do to avoid it.

5. Moisture accumulating inside the structure’s foundations.

Without proper foundation proofing, moisture’s accumulation on building foundations results in faster deterioration.

To conclude, be on the lookout for these 5 challenging spots, and always try to catch problems at an early stage. The longer you wait, the harder it is to fix. You may also be interested in a quick, economic, and easy to use remedy for water leaks. Sign up here to learn more about our new and revolutionary LAMASTICK.

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