Tell tale signs of water leaks in an underground carpark

Tell tale signs of water leaks in an underground carpark

With an increased density in commercial space and soaring temperatures in our Desert Paradise City, it’s not uncommon nowadays for nearly all commercial parking spaces to be moved underground. While this can provide a welcome relief for guests and visitors to such establishments, it can also create complex water leaking issues and risks underground.

When builders start a new building complex, there are many stages of site preparation followed by construction of the first useable part of the structure, the underground parking garage. The parking garage forms part of the load bearing structure for the buildings above but it also carries the landscaping on the property above it. This landscaping presents a challenge to water management on the site as uncontrolled water will flow with gravity downwards towards the parking garage. Water is one of the natural enemies of all buildings, even concrete parking garages, and it will look for any crack to enter the building.

In order to avoid parking Watergate, be on the lookout for these tell-tale signs:

  • Moisture or wet patches on the walls;
  • Leaks or puddles of water scattered around the parking area and outside;
  • Moulding walls;
  • Rusty steel and erosion of steel infrastructure due to leaks; and
  • Structural failure, such as lopsided or broken/ loose-fitting structures.

It should also be kept in mind that underground parking garages are surrounded by water which pushes hydraulic pressure from all sides. In addition, water that flows from irrigation and rains on the landscaping above needs to be repelled by the parking structure. To accomplish this, builders apply water proof membrane systems to the outside of the parking structure to make the garage water tight. Nevertheless, failures in these systems are common; as such, water leaks can be caused by anything from sub-par design or installation to damage caused by tree stumps or gradual deterioration of the property.

Request a consultation with one of our specialists if you suspect a water leak in your underground car park.

Is your industrial kitchen leaking money and water

Is your industrial kitchen leaking money and water

At Leak Dtech we fully understand the importance of having a fully functioning industrial kitchen and the impact that unexpectedly having to close has on your business. Not all water leaks are as obvious as your kitchen representing an indoor version of the Dubai Fountain, so here are some signs to look for:
  • Wet or black grout around floor and wall tiles, mold is one of the most common signs of an hidden issue
  • Saturated or movable floor drains due to a lack of maintenance that are no longer water tight
  • Ice on the floor or dripping from ceiling of refrigerators due to badly sealed doors or insulation panels
  • Condensate collection within gypsum walls or around base of cold stores due to incorrect installation
  • Blocked or backed up drains due to incorrect use or design of grease traps
  • Sweating or pooling of water around drainage lines due to lack of insulation from colder condensate water
  • Overhead dripping from expansion joints or slabs due to adjacent property water leaks
  • Water leakage from incorrectly installed drinks machines or pot wash sinks
  • General quality of floor water proofing or tile finishing

Don’t just take our word for it, here’s some feedback from just one of our satisfied customers:

‘After meeting many contractors and going through a lot of hassle and different process, we met the amazing team of Leak Dtech who were able to assist and find the solution. Through detailed reports and specific investigation in a timely manner, we were able to work together to find the solution. The team is very helpful and professional , a great asset to Dubai market.

The service and the dedication and sense of partnership taking the issue as their own…an excellent experience’

Hard Rock Cafe Dubai