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The Importance of Choosing a Qualified Waterproofing Consultant

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2018

By Peter Grant, EPRO Waterproofing Systems


Modern-day construction requires more from building envelope products than ever before: Foundations are 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.

protecting the project

When it comes to waterproofing, an independent, qualified waterproofing consultant can be a valuable asset. This expert has the ability to identify potential issues before they arise and will work in tandem with the rest of the project team. If designs need to be modified or if specialty products are selected, the consultant 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 within the project team’s control. Having a qualified waterproofing consultant can ease the minds of others on the project team who may be preoccupied with deadlines and other potential issues. 

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For example, design professionals often take on liability for situations outside of their immediate control. As a result, many have concerns about water, harmful gases, mold or other contaminants seeping into the finished building and causing major problems for occupants. An effective waterproofing system is a key preventive 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 and suggest the best system for the project. Also, 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 be certified by the waterproofing manufacturer, meaning that the consultant has a deep understanding of the means and methods of the product and has a working relationship with all manufacturer representatives. The consultant should act as a proactive point of contact between the manufacturer, general contractor, installer and other trades on site 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.

consultant qualifications

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 on site. 

As part of the company’s warranty program, qualified 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. 

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.

*Claims or positions expressed by sponsoring authors do not necessarily reflect the views of TPC, Durability + Design or its editors.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Peter Grant, EPRO Waterproofing Systems

Peter Grant is vice president of marketing & sales at EPRO and has 16 years of building envelope protection experience. Prior to this role, he worked as a territory manager for Cetco, and then started Land Science Technologies, a division of Regenesis, which specializes in providing vapor intrusion mitigation products.

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Tagged categories: Below grade waterproofing; Consultants; Good Technical Practice; Protective coatings; Waterproofing

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