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Avoid Water Damage During Construction

9/11/2020 (Permalink)

Group of construction engineer team in standard safety uniform work planing in construction site Avoid water damage during construction

Building an addition or an entirely new building for your Doral, FL, business is an exciting time. It also means ensuring that water damage doesn’t happen during the construction process. While most trusted builders mitigate against water issues, it is important to communicate and know they have done so prior to, during, and after construction to avoid having to instantly complete a water pipe repair, correct improper drainage or require the need of a water restoration specialist.

How Damage Happens

Whether it’s Mother Nature, the sewer line or plumbing system, the potential for water loss exists before and after a building is constructed. During the discussion with the builder regarding mitigation, ensure that the following common causes for damage are ready to be addressed.

Material Storage – Some materials aren’t affected by rain, such as concrete, but others could result in major issues down the road, such as drywall. Ensure that materials not resistant to water will be properly stored and protected until needed.
Openings – Ensure doors and windows will be secured and waterproofed, as well as any roof openings. This should include elevator shafts, stairwells, tower-crane openings and mechanical openings.
Drainage – No matter the type of structure, water needs to drain away from it.
Foundation – This vital and integral structure holds everything up. Any cracks, fissures or improper seals will mean potentially costly issues down the road.
Plumbing – When the system is installed, ensure a certified plumber is doing the work. An undetected broken pipe will quickly lead to extensive problems.

Proper Testing
As each element is constructed, testing should be a top priority. Instead of having to deal with a flooded area after the fact, checking that everything was done right in the first place can relieve many headaches down the road. From verifying proper installation of the roof to checking plumbing fixtures for proper connections, every step needs checked to ensure your building will run like it should when done.
Instead of having to deal with a water pipe repair from the get-go, communicate a waterproofing plan during construction, and ensure every system or structural element is tested.

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