ated damage can be on top of a pre-existing condition. To start, recognize the
conditions that take time to form. These
include efflorescence, wood rot, corrosion of ferrous materials, and evidence of
multiple repairs that would be indicative
of an ongoing event.
There are several opportunities for a
given building envelope to experience
functional failure. Many of those may
be latent conditions waiting for the right
combination of events to rear its ugly
head. Separating these construction-related deficiencies from event-related
damage can be sorted out through the
recognition of evidence of chronic and
systemic failures of the system.
Evidence of Ongoing Issues
Storm-related distress is usually going
to be the result of recently created openings or other related damage. How can
Figure 4 – Condensation of water vapor behind vinyl wallpaper, as evident by
the storm-created distress be separated
from the ongoing construction defect
conditions? In many cases, it is easier
said than done because the storm cre-
David Amori, PE, RRC, is a senior
structural and geotechnical
engineer, as well as a senior
district manager at EFI Global Inc.
He may be reached at
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