Find the Leak

 

by Bryan Heake, Associate / Senior Consultant / Field Services Manager

Rain is great as long as it stays in its place – outside, watering the grounds and making your landscape beautiful. But let that rainfall infiltrate to a building interior and it becomes a real pain – and painfully expensive. The challenge is to find the source of the leak, because water travels, and where you find it inside can be far from where it penetrated your building façade.

The good news is that Curtainwall Design Consulting (CDC) can help discover where the water intrusion occurred -- and recommend options to fix it.

Hire an ace investigator.

CDC’s consulting services include leak investigation, in which we locate the source of a leak and help you determine how to stop it. Our service offers:

               • Field hose water tests using the AAMA 501.2 methodology

               • Soaker-bar testing, with or without pressure differential

   • Static pressure differential water testing, or chamber tests, such as ASTM E1105, which    supplies the methodology for AAMA 503

               • Field measurement of air leakage using ASTM E783 methodology

               * Thermal imaging to detect air and water infiltration

Quality assurance services ensure your new façade is water tight.    

For new construction, you need quality assurance testing. CDC performs this service on newly installed fenestration and curtainwall materials to fulfill the requirements of your project’s specifications.

CDC’s quality assurance services for new construction help stop leaks before they start. We use several methods to test the integrity of new building envelopes. These include:

               • Field hose water tests using AAMA 501.2 methodology

   • Static pressure differential water testing, or chamber tests, such as ASTM E1105, which supplies the methodology for AAMA 503

               • Field measurement of air leakage using ASTM E783

               • Thermal imaging to test for air barrier continuity

Your solution.

Whether you need to find a leak in an existing building façade or prevent leaks in new construction, make sure you bring in seasoned investigators to do your detective work. And we’re here to help you. Please call me at 214.234.4908 or email me at [email protected]. Then rainy days won’t cause your mood, or your building, to sag.

 

About Curtainwall Design Consulting (CDC):

At CDC, our design, engineering and consulting services are dedicated to a structure’s most distinctive architectural feature: the building envelope. With more than 40 years of experience and 22 offices in eight countries, we are globally recognized for the design, engineering and consulting on some of the world’s most complex facades, roofing and waterproofing. Our clients include internationally renowned building envelope manufacturers, architects, developers, contractors and subcontractors.

 

A leak investigation test performed in accordance with ASTM E1105.

 

A leak investigation test performed in accordance with AAMA 501.2.

 

Quality assurance testing during a curtainwall installation, per ASTM E1105.

 

Modified AAMA 501.2 quality assurance testing during a roofing installation to verify the quality of workmanship at the interface of building enclosure components.