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Protecting Your Construction Projects from Water Damage

Kevin Seats, Construction Water Mitigation Specialist

Water damage is a major concern for construction projects, both in terms of financial impact and sustainability. As a regional leader in construction water mitigation, ERT understands the critical importance of implementing proactive measures to prevent and mitigate water damage incidents. With a track record of successful projects for Metro Nashville Government and Vanderbilt University, we have established ourselves as experts in sustainable construction water mitigation in Middle Tennessee.

Understanding the Sources of Water Damage

Water damage can stem from both internal and external factors. External factors, such as rain, can infiltrate exposed or unfinished areas, leading to structural and equipment damage. Internally, issues like faulty installation, physical defects, or accidental damage can result in bursting pipes or gradual leaks in plumbing and sprinkler systems. Accidents are also a potential risk, given the busy nature of construction sites, where water sources can be damaged or pipes punctured.

Identifying Risk Factors

To effectively mitigate water damage, it is crucial to identify potential risks before construction begins. This involves a comprehensive assessment of the design and construction of water systems, as even the smallest flaw can quickly escalate and cause widespread water damage. Key water problems to be aware of include bursting pipes and gradual leaks. Regular monitoring and maintenance of older pipes are essential, while regions prone to freezing temperatures or earthquakes should take extra precautions to safeguard against water-related issues.

Understanding Insurance Coverage

Before starting any construction project, it is essential to thoroughly review your insurance policy to understand the coverage, deductibles, and limitations related to water damage. Insurance policies typically distinguish between flood damage and other sources of water damage, so it is crucial to have a clear understanding of how flooding is defined and how it impacts your coverage.

The Mitigation Process


  • Conduct a comprehensive constructability review to identify and address any potential design failures that could lead to water damage.
  • Evaluate contract documents, insurance policy language, specified materials/systems, and site drainage.
  • Schedule the early installation and testing of piping systems to ensure their integrity.

During Construction:

  • Provide diligent supervision of subcontractors and conduct regular quality control checks.
  • Proactively identify and resolve any potential water-related issues promptly.
  • Conduct thorough mock-ups of critical waterproofing systems to identify and address any infiltration concerns.
  • Develop a robust severe weather plan to secure the construction site during rainstorms.
  • Inspect and pressure test piping systems before charging them with water to ensure their reliability.
  • Implement measures to protect excavations from water accumulation, which can compromise the structure and foundations.
  • Maintain backup storage plans for water-sensitive materials and equipment.

Post Construction:

  • Promptly address any construction defects to prevent water damage.
  • Maintain a dedicated quick-response team to handle warranty issues, resolving water-related problems within 48 hours or sooner.

By implementing these proactive steps, construction projects can significantly reduce the risks of water damage. While it may not be possible to eliminate all risks entirely, our expertise in construction water mitigation allows us to save time and money in the long run. As a regional leader in sustainable construction water mitigation, ERT is committed to assisting Middle Tennessee construction projects in staying ahead of water damage threats.

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