The Importance of Choosing a Trained and Qualified Waterproofing Consultant
Modern-day construction requires more from building envelope products than ever before: Foundations are being built deeper, site conditions are more demanding, and construction methodologies can adversely impact how buildings are kept dry and safe. These factors not only increase the owner’s liability, but that of the entire project team. Collaboration and communication are key to getting each job done to the highest standards.
When it comes to waterproofing, an independent, qualified waterproofing consultant can be a very valuable asset. This person has the ability to identify potential issues before they arise, and will work in tandem with the rest of the project team. This way, if designs need to be modified or if specialty products are selected, this waterproofing expert will be on hand to advise and guide the project team.
The waterproofing installation is a critical step along the path of building construction. The system can be compromised due to changes made in the field, damage inflicted from other trades, project delays, and other factors that may or may not be in the project team’s control. Having a qualified waterproofing consultant can also ease the minds of others on the project team who may be preoccupied and concerned with deadlines and other potential issues. For example, design professionals often take on liability for situations outside of their immediate control. As a result, many have concerns surrounding the possibility that water, harmful gases, mold, or other contaminants can seep into a building and cause major problems for occupants once the building has been completed. An effective waterproofing system is a key preventative component for some– and perhaps all – of these issues, but it can be a challenge to understand the nuances of such a complex system, particularly while juggling all other aspects of building design and construction.
This is where the qualified waterproofing consultant can step in. This person will be able to suggest the ideal system, which should be installed in a time-conscious fashion by someone who truly is an expert in their field. Additionally, the consultant should be present throughout the process, handling questions, ensuring the job is done to a high standard, and communicating progress to the rest of the team. Ideally, this person will also be certified by the waterproofing manufacturer, meaning that they have a deep understanding of the means and methods of the product, and have a working relationship with all manufacturer representatives. The consultant should also act as a proactive point of contact between the manufacturer, general contractor, installer, and other trades onsite so they are able to handle conflict and resolve issues as they arise. A hands-on consultant ensures that the waterproofing system is installed correctly per the design documents and helps hold all parties (general contractor, manufacturer, and installer) accountable in making the installation successful.
EPRO, Inc., pioneers of redundant, field-installed composite systems for below and above-grade waterproofing and contaminant barrier solutions, leverage in-house product and construction knowledge to ensure each project is a success. The company works with qualified waterproofing consultants and has a certification program for these professionals. Working with a consultant who has this level of connection to a manufacturer and who is also a product expert ensures that the installation process will be carefully monitored onsite.
With EPRO’s E.Assurance No Dollar Limit (NDL) warranty program, qualified EPRO waterproofing consultants assist in reviewing site-specific information, construction drawings, and construction sequencing to ensure the construction methodologies will not compromise the system. These individuals also help anticipate any challenges before they can adversely impact the project schedule; it is critical to find an installer who teams up with the manufacturer and who also possesses deep product knowledge. There is only one chance to do the job right, and an E.Assurance NDL warranty means EPRO ensures the success of the project.
Understandably, there is no “one-size fits all” approach to protective waterproofing and containment barrier systems. But a qualified waterproofing specialist with proven experience and expertise in his or her field can ensure a higher level of comprehensive experience for any specific project needs. It may make the difference between a successful, safe building, and one fraught with future complications.