Water Intrusion

What is water intrusion?

Water intrusion is moisture in any form that penetrates the exterior structure of your home and enters into the windows, door frames or interior cavities of your home’s walls without being able to escape or dissipate. The moisture then causes the rotting of wood, sheathing and other materials and is usually accompanied by the growth of mold. Moisture can intrude any type of structure – wood, vinyl siding, wood siding, brick, stone and stucco. Stucco clad homes are retaining moisture longer because of stucco’s inherent sealant qualities. It has been around for hundreds of years and has only recently had water issues because of improper window installation and wall systems.

What causes it?

There are numerous causes which may include but aren’t limited to the following:

  • Faulty products
  • Improperly sealed door and window trim, joints, and mullions
  • Stucco, siding or insulation that extends below the ground at your home’s exterior
  • Improper drainage at your home’s exterior
  • Any unsealed holes or joints for fixtures or utilities
  • Incorrect insulation or ventilation of roofing systems
  • Extensive or extreme weather events
  • Watering systems
  • Improperly sealed chimneys
  • Improper or no roof to wall termination flashing systems

 

What do I do about it?

Hunerberg Construction can take you through the following steps to get you through your home’s process of repair, making it a healthy, safe environment once again:

(Click on any item for a more in-depth explanation.)

  1. Have your home evaluated for water and moisture intrusion
  2. Determine whether or not you have any legal recourse for the problem
  3. Protect all your rights in writing
  4. Proceed as quickly as possible so warranties don’t expire
  5. Obtain estimates and design ideas from at least 3 contractors
  6. Get the work started to stop any further structural damage
  7. Get another moisture analysis after completion of work
  8. Enjoy and feel safe and comfortable in your newly renovated home

 

Have your home evaluated for water and moisture intrusion

Hunerberg Construction will do an initial inspection of your home and recommend moisture testing companies we’ve partnered with and have complete trust in.

Determine whether or not you have any legal recourse for the problem

After you receive the test results, determine whether or not you need an attorney to represent you in seeking monetary damages. We can give you copies of the Minnesota laws in regards to homeowners’ rights and the statute of limitations. A lawyer can represent you in court or mediation.

Protect all your rights in writing

Document every aspect of the procedures you are following. Obtain dated copies of any and all pertinent documents that might help you. Have a meeting at your home that includes everyone possibly involved in your case: a Hunerberg Construction representative, your lawyer, the moisture testing company, the homebuilder, insurance company representatives, a building inspector and a structural engineer, if needed.

Proceed as quickly as possible so warranties don’t expire

Sometimes it is necessary to start work before your case is settled. The legal system doesn’t always work very fast and the longer you wait to fix any problems, the worse they might get. And, if you suspect your health is being affected, you definitely don’t want to extend your starting date.

Obtain estimates and design ideas from at least 3 contractors

Get an estimate from 3 contractors using the same “scope of work” for each one. That is the only way to guarantee that everyone is bidding on the same amount of work. Choose a company that has the capability to show you renderings of what your house will look like after completion. This makes it easier for you to choose materials you want to use and leaves as little guesswork as possible. Also, make sure you feel comfortable working with the contractor you choose. Not everyone will be a “good fit” for you and you definitely want someone who is a good communicator and who you feel you can trust.

Get the work started to stop any further structural damage

Begin work as soon as you can. Waiting may cause more internal damage to the structure and broaden the amount of work that will be needed.

Get another moisture analysis after completion of work

When the work is completed, get another moisture analysis test done to confirm that there is no longer any water intrusion. Make sure the contractor you have chosen gives you a warranty on his work. You don’t want to be in the same position sometime in the future.

Enjoy and feel safe and comfortable in your newly renovated home

Know that your home is now back to its original condition if not better and the financial value of your investment is intact once again. Since Hunerberg Construction oversees every aspect of the project, we can assure you of complete quality control and we will stand behind all worked performed for you.

Testing Companies

Private Eye Home Inspections & Moisture Testing
888 West Co. Rd D, #303
New Brighton, MN 55112
Phone: 651-639-0184
Fax: 651-628-9002
Email: office@privateeyemn.com
Website: www.privateeyemn.com
Certified Moisture Testing
28768 Olympic Trail
Lindstrom, MN 55045
Office/Fax: 651-257-7310
Cell: 612-805-2489
Email: info@CertifiedMoistureTesting.com
Web Site: www.CertifiedMoistureTesting.com
Advanced Consulting & Inspections
10621 165th Street W.
Lakeville, MN 55044
Office: 952-435-1068
Fax: 952-435-7844
Email: info@aci-eng.com
Web Site: www.aci-eng.com
Air Tamarack, Inc.
1640 Scheffer Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55116
Office: 651-696-0267
Fax: 651-698-3487
Email: info@AirTamarack.com
Web Site: www.airtamarack.com
Inspection & Mold Solutions
Stucco Inspections & Moisture Testing

6973 Washington Avenue South
Edina, MN 55439
Office: 952-249-1251
Fax: 952-249-9205
1-800-500-MOLD
Email 1: gbrown@inspectionsolutionsmn.com
Email 2: jmagnuson@inspectionsolutionsmn.com
Web Site: www.moldsolutionsmn.com

Attorneys at Law

Hellmuth & Johnson
Attorneys at Law

10400 Viking Drive, #500
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Office: 952-941-4005
Fax: 952-941-2337
Email: info@hjlawfirm.com
Web Site: www.hjlawfirm.com
David D. Hammargren
Hammargren & Meyer, P.A.

7301 Ohms Lane, Suite 360
Minneapolis, MN 55439
Office: 952-844-9033
Fax: 952-844-0114
Direct: 952-224-2920
Email: dave@hammarlaw.com
Web Site: www.hammarlaw.com
Julie A. Doherty
Fabyanske, Westra, Hart & Thompson, P.A.

800 LaSalle Avenue, #1900
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Office: 612-338-0115
Fax: 612-338-3857
Email: jdoherty@fwhtlaw.com
Web Site: www.fwhtlaw.com
Anthony W. Thompson
Attorney at Law

2249 East 38th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55407
Office: 612-597-4229
Fax: 612-728-3873
Email: anthony@mn-law.net
Web Site: www.mn.law.net
Chad McKenney
Donohue, McKenney & Bergquist, Ltd.

11222 86th Avenue N
Office: 763-201-1450
Fax: 763-201-1482
Direct: 763-201-1484
Email: chad@dmlaw.us
Web Site: www.dmlaw.us
Brenda M. Sauro | Shareholder
Sauro & Bergstrom, PLLC

Tamarack Hills
539 Bielenberg Drive, Suite 200
Woodbury, MN 55125
Direct: 651-389-9916
Fax: 651-501-4841
Email: brenda@saurolaw.com
Web Site: www.saurolaw.com

Engineering Companies

Encompass Engineering
14850 Martin Drive

Eden Prairie, MN 55344
Office: 952-854-4511
Fax: 952-854-3126
Email: jesse@encompassinc.com
Web Site: www.encompassinc.com
Lawrence W. Gubbe, Ph.D, P.E.
Forensic Engineering Services, Inc.

7848 Bavaria Rd
Victoria, MN 55386
Office: 952-443-4020
Fax: 952-443-3602
Direct: 612-816-1929
Email:lwgubbe@embarqmail.com