LCI offers expert services in building moisture management. This service includes visual observations along with inspections using state-of-the-art technology performed by certified themographers. Any areas where moisture exists are identified allowing the owner/contractor to remedy the problem(s) prior to installing finishes in the building. This service also includes follow up site inspections and certifications.
Water damage is a common and potentially serious threat to the health and safety of your building occupants. It can also be an extremely expensive problem to fix in a fully constructed occupied building. In order to mitigate the risks associated with water intrusion LCI Consultants offers the following comprehensive scope of services during the course of construction.
- Pre-Work Meeting – An initial project meeting with the client’s onsite project personnel and subcontractor leads to explain the program of services requested for this specific project. Details of our scopes of work will be defined and points of contact will be identified.
- Pre-Drywall Inspection – A comprehensive walk-through inspection during the construction process performed immediately preceding drywall installation. It is designed to provide a date stamp regarding rough-in and framing conditions at this phase of construction specifically identifying issues conducive to moisture intrusion and air infiltration prior to cover-up. The Pre-Drywall Inspection cannot be used as a “stand-alone” inspection and must be used in conjunction with the Certification Inspection.
- Trim IR Inspection – The Trim Inspection provides an interim look at the unit midway through construction and is designed to identify moisture related issues that may have occurred since the Pre-Drywall inspection. By utilizing infrared thermal imaging as well as other current technologies, documentation and validation of present conditions are provided. The Trim IR Inspection cannot be used as a “stand-alone” inspection and must be used in conjunction with the Certification Inspection.
- Certification IR Inspection – This visual inspection is performed four to seven days before closing and utilizes technology such as moisture meters, boroscopes, and infrared thermal imaging to detect both visual and hidden sources of moisture intrusion and/or organic growth. Upon successful completion of the certification inspection the unit will be “Certified” and the Letter of Assurance will be issued. An Executive Summary will be delivered to the Client that includes copies of all findings reports
- Follow-up Inspection – This follow-up inspection is required as a result of a Trim or Certification Inspection where failure items are identified. During the follow-up inspection the analyst will confirm each designated failure item(s) has(have) been corrected and a subsequent Passed inspection findings report is issued.
- Executive Summary – A hard-copy, comprehensive summary of all work performed during the construction process. Summary includes a description of the project, copies of findings reports for all inspection visits, and copies of all certification letters. Management reports are included that list specific findings identified during the process and comparisons for each trade are provided.
Moisture Mapping and Repair
If there is evidence of moisture in your building, LCI will evaluate the extent and degree of water damage by performing moisture testing and mapping. We do this by taking moisture measurements at the suspect source (leak site) and at incremental spaces surrounding the source. We document our field test results on a floor plan which gives us an excellent visual of the target area and beyond. In addition, LCI can work with the design professionals and general contractor to determine the source of the water intrusion and manage the repair process.
If mold is evident, LCI has worked with many qualified contractors and will manage the remediation process. Equally important is to find the source of the moisture leading to the mold growth. LCI’s team will use their experience with building envelope to identify the source of the water. Often the source is a result of a construction defect or deferred maintenance. In either case, LCI will work to remediate the mold and repair the condition that led to its growth.