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Looking for Leaks Finding Water Intrusion Requires Detective Work

Edgar Dworsky is the treasurer of a small Somerville, Massachusetts condo complex that was built back in 1987. He loves where he lives except for one, quite large, problem. Water leaks have plagued the complex since it was built. During driving rains, water comes in from around the windows and near the chimney. The association has tried numerous solutions to fix the problem, but nothing has worked very well.

“Water problems are completely frustrating and expensive to try to fix,”says Dworsky.

Water leaks are one of the most damaging things that can happen to a condo, whether in the units or on the common property –especially if, like Dworsky’s complex, they are stealthy leaks that are hard to detect. Among other things, the leaks can be caused from a poorly-constructed building, old pipes, poorly-maintained valves, and damage caused by other factors such as storms.

“Everybody that we’ve had in here has told us where they think it’s coming from, and every person has been different, but nobody has been right,” says Dworsky.

While trying to find the problem, the unit owners have replaced the weather stripping around their windows, and management has caulked the chimney, added storm collars and waterproofed the chimney’s exterior. They have gone as far as replacing the roof, all to no avail –water is still coming in.

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