Water Intrusion – Commercial

Environmental Risks In COMMERCIAL PROPERTY


Water Intrusion

What You Need to Know

Water intrusion events must be responded to as soon as possible as mold will start to grow in as little as 24-48 hours after the event started

It is important to segregate out building materials that can be dried from those that must be disposed of

Moisture mapping of impacted areas should be performed to delineate extent of affected areas

Infrared cameras and moisture meters are essential tools in characterizing an impacted area as “wet”

What You Need to Do

Shut off the water and ensure safety of occupants

Perform careful examination delineating extent of the issue and if mold is found, proceed as per mold section above

If visible mold is suspected, do not open any wall cavities or other concealed areas which might have had water impact

If mold is not present, dry down wet areas quickly exposing concealed areas, adding dehumidification, air movement, and heat (as needed)

Myths and Misconceptions

If there is water damage or staining, there will also be mold present-FALSE

Prompt response will mitigate moisture issues-TRUE

Water intrusion caused by water (other than clean water) must be handled as a potential bacterial contamination-TRUE

Expert Services:
Commercial Property

Due Diligence

  • Site Investigations/Inspections
  • Cause of Loss Identification
  • Regulatory Review
  • Recommendations for Regulatory Compliance and Liability Protection
  • Emergency Response

Project Scope Development: New Construction, Renovation/Demolition

  • Creative Scope of Work Development
  • Liability Minimization
  • Project Oversight
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Client Interface

Emergency Response

  • Inspections/Moisture Mapping/Material Impacts
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Exposure Evaluation/Health Risk Consulting
  • Contractor Coordination
  • Media Interface

Operations and Maintenance

Expert Testimony

  • Environmental Risk
  • Employee/Occupant Health Risk

Education and Training

  • Risk Management Environmental Toolkits
  • Operations and Maintenance Programs
  • Competency Based Education Programs
  • Water Intrusion Plans
  • Hazard Assessment Critical Control Point (HACCP) Programs
  • White Paper Development

Webinars/Seminars- Managing Risk and Liability

  • Asbestos
  • Lead Based Paint
  • Mold and Water Intrusion
  • Wildfire Impact
  • Legionella
  • Bedbugs
  • Vapor Intrusion
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Norovirus

Commercial Property Risk Alert Service

  • Emerging Environmental Risk Information and Recommendations
  • Emerging Health Risk Exposure Information and Recommendations