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Protection offered by your building envelope—the physical barrier between internal and external environments—is only as good as its component parts. Defective or insufficient sealing components, especially around openings such as doors, windows, and vents, allow water to seep into the interior of the building where it can cause a variety of issues.

These issues may include:

  • Building damage. Waterproofing and sealing components such as flashing protect the interior of the building from the intrusion of water and moisture at transition points. Missing or poorly installed flashing may allow water to enter the interior, resulting in potential mold, rot, and corrosion of critical building materials. Moisture damage of this sort is commonly hidden behind walls and other interior finishes, and thus easy to overlook. If left untreated, repeated water intrusion can compound the damage and affect the structural integrity of the building.
  • Health risks. Poor sealing components facilitate water intrusion into dark, hidden areas behind walls and under floors. Without repairs, the increased moisture levels can result in the incursion of mold and other microbes that are harmful to human health. Continuous exposure to mold and mildew may cause cough, runny nose, wheezing, and asthma. Once established, mold and rot often demand expensive remediation to protect the health of building occupants. 
  • Increased costs. Repairing a simple seal may seem like a relatively affordable expense, but extended exposure of building materials to moisture can result in extremely high repair costs. In addition, some health problems caused by rot and mold can be very serious and last for long periods of time, resulting in additional costs for occupant healthcare.