Existing buildings and renovations: The direct and indirect benefits of onsite weather tightness testing

Onsite water weathertightness testing offers several direct and indirect benefits for building owners and occupants. Let’s explore these benefits and discuss how regular testing can prevent health hazards, maintain a positive reputation, and avoid legal issues. Additionally, we’ll share some success stories or case studies of clients who have benefited from Rommel Building Services’ water testing services.

1. Preventing Health Hazards: Onsite water weathertightness testing helps identify a building’s potential leaks or water ingress points. By detecting and addressing these issues early on, building owners can prevent water damage, mould growth, and indoor air quality problems. This proactive approach to maintaining a dry and healthy environment reduces occupants’ risk of respiratory issues and other health hazards.

2. Maintaining a Positive Reputation: A building with a reputation for weathertightness is perceived as reliable and well-maintained. Regular onsite water testing demonstrates the commitment of building owners to ensuring a watertight structure. This commitment not only enhances the reputation of the building but also attracts potential tenants or customers who prioritize a safe and secure environment.

3. Avoiding Legal Issues: Water leaks and moisture-related problems can lead to costly legal issues. Regular onsite water weather tightness testing helps identify and address potential vulnerabilities, reducing the risk of water-related damage and associated legal disputes. By proactively addressing these issues, building owners can save themselves from lawsuits and reputational damage.

4. Enhancing Energy Efficiency: Water ingress can compromise the energy efficiency of a building. By identifying and repairing leaks, onsite water testing helps maintain the integrity of the building envelope, ensuring optimal energy performance. This reduces energy consumption and contributes to sustainability efforts, which can further enhance the reputation of the building.

The following is a success story of a client who has benefited from Rommel Building Services’ water testing services:

Case Study: Renovation, change of occupancy from office space to tenancy

An existing building in the city was facing an occupancy change from office block to residential accommodation.

A change of this nature leads to an increased potential for future issues. These future potential issues led to Rommel Building Services being contacted for their expertise in onsite water testing.

Rommel Building Services conducted a comprehensive water weather tightness test, utilising WGANZ 501 and WGANZ 502 testing methodologies to highlight any problem areas. The testing revealed several areas of water ingress, including a poorly installed front entry with compromised air seals.

Based on the findings, Rommel Building Services provided a detailed report outlining recommended repairs and improvements. Due to the change in occupancy from office space to tenancy, the main contractor promptly addressed the identified issues. The necessary repairs, which strengthened their waterproofing measures, were implemented.

As a result, the work successfully prevented further water damage and eliminated any future concerns regarding its reputation for weather tightness. The main contractor credits Rommel Building Services’ water testing services for their timely and effective solutions, which helped them maintain a positive reputation in the industry.

Onsite water weathertightness testing offers direct benefits such as preventing health hazards and avoiding legal issues, while also indirectly contributing to a positive reputation and enhanced energy efficiency. Rommel Building Services’ expertise in onsite testing has proven successful in helping clients, even with existing buildings and renovation issues, overcome water leakage challenges, and ensure the longevity and reputation of their buildings.

Contact Rommel today to discuss your current or next project.