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Originally published in Interiors & Sources

10/01/2013

Envelope Failures and Forensics

Notice clues, identify evidence, and enlist investigators to solve the case

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Photos Courtesy of ARUP

INTERIOR Clues Indicating Facade Failure 
Interior damage is often the earliest and easiest method of detecting facade issues. The cracking, blistering, and mold are indicative of a particularly invasive and insidious problem.

Even issues like mold on the ceiling, which seem minor, may reveal much more significant water penetration issues with either the facade or roof. Don’t neglect these red flags.

This mold found behind a cabinet was the first sign of moisture penetrating from the exterior. Sometimes your investigation will require looking in places that are usually hidden.


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