Water Intrusion


Water can intrude into a building through the floors, walls, or roof due to a wide range of causes. These can include improper site grading and drainage, burst water lines under the slab, poorly designed catch basins, storm pipes, culverts, and retention basins, and damaged or improperly installed roofing materials and gutters.

Frequently the source of the water is not from outside the building but from within the building. Plumbing defects, for example, may include water piping corrosion and leaks, inadequate water pressure, and improperly installed or defective water lines, washing machines, water heaters, valves, drains, and sewage lines. These defects or failures can result in leaks, water damage, flooding, mold, rot, and structural damage.

VMAR engineers carefully inspect the building and structural components to determine the origin and cause of the water intrusion. We determine if the building complies with the requirements of  applicable building codes. Finally, we determine if the defect that led to the water intrusion was inherent in the design, was the result of defective materials, or if the defect occurred as a result of improper construction or later modifications by the property owner.

When You Need to Know . . .

  • What is the origin of the water?
  • Where did the water stain come from?
  • Was there an accidental discharge of water?
  • Is the property in a floodplain?
  • Did the drainage system for the property operate properly?
  • Was the leak caused by the roof or from the walls, windows, parapet, equipment penetration, skylights, etc.?
  • Was the property designed and constructed to withstand the cause of the water intrusion?

Detail of Water Instrusion Investigation and Analysis Service

  • Review and evaluate case file
  • Review approved construction plans, construction inspection reports, O&M reports, and scope of work for available architect, engineer, and contractor contracts
  • Determine "as designed", "as-built", and "existing" conditions
  • Research and analyze applicable building codes
  • Building envelope analysis
  • Floodplain analysis
  • Analysis of grading and drainage of site
  • Investigation of sources of external water, such as roof, windows, equipment penetrations, skylights, walls, clogged gutters / downspouts, flashing, etc.
  • Investigation of sources of internal water, such as burst pipe, burst water heater, malfunctioning valve, etc.
  • Investigation of installation of moisture barriers and weatherstripping
  • Corrosion analysis
  • Determine effects of overuse or improper use, along with effects of age, weathering, and environmental conditions
  • Preparation of a fully detailed written report

Our 21 Day

In the world of claims adjusting we know that you usually have only a 30-day window in which to determine the merits of a claim. That's why we promise to handle your assignment and get the completed report into your hands within 21 calendar days.

And we back our promise with this guarantee:

If we do not get your assignment completed within 21 calendar days, then we cut your cost in half.