Weatherproofing 101 Methods, Materials, and Errors in Waterproofing a Building

The first week of 2015 brought torrential downpours and freezing temperatures to the New England area, and this horrendous wind-driven rain resulted in numerous calls to weatherproofing and waterproofing companies throughout the area from condominiums seeing water creeping into their buildings.

While some condo managers may think that only big storms like Hurricane Sandy can cause damage, truth be told, any rain or ice storm can be a costly problem if the building’s façade is not properly maintained.

Doug Mitchell, director of operations for ESI Waterproofing and Masonry Restoration Inc., in Boston, Massachusetts, has been helping condos with all phases with masonry and waterproofing for dozens of years.

Look Out for Leaks

“If it starts as a wind-driven rain, then freezes and defrosts and it continues through that cycle, what happens is that water gets in between the open joints and cracks them and opens them up even more,” he says. “In New England, the winters are harsh and some of the condominiums do not maintain their buildings as well as they should.”

Paul Capobianco, president at Alpha Weatherproofing in Somerville, Massachusetts, says there are a lot of older and historic buildings in the greater New England area that require update and maintenance. It may be an ongoing leak or problem with water penetration, or it may be just something in someone’s unit that needs inspection.

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