New technology identifies sealant failures, helps prevent mold problems
The majority of modern commercial buildings employ design techniques that utilize exterior walls as non-structural (non-load supporting) “skins.” This skin is functionally designed to control and limit air and water passage. Connecting each piece of the skin is a flexible seal designed to prevent the free passage of air and water. Most of these buildings are sealed with hand-applied sealants. It is almost impossible to install all the sealants perfectly and imperfect building seals allow air and water to enter and escape from buildings. SealTests allows for a cost effective scientific solution to identify sealant failures, the company said.