Leaky Buildings in Vancouver Explained and Prevention Methods

- now that well into rainy season, homeowners could have the unfortunate experience of water ingress.
- no structure is immune from water damage even single family or concrete high rise buildings could leak.
- damage from water ingress is still the most significant factor in premature deterioration buildings
- the building envelope not only protects the people inside from the elements, it also acts like a building's skin, protecting the structure as well.
- How do builders manage moisture?
- 2 ways - #1 one prevent it from getting in by sealing the cladding (cladding brick/siding the outside of a bldg) #2 control it with a rainscreen
- a rainscreen is a special type of exterior wall assembly that provides for a path for water to escape when water gets behind the cladding.
- Whether a rainscreen or not here are some basic maintenance tasks to prevent moisture damage: 1) replace caulking, 2) keep gutters clean, 3) survey home for signs of leakage 4) repaint exterior 5) replace roofs every 20 - 25 years 6) clean dryer vents to prevent interior moisture damage


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