Formulated Materials® encourages its customers to flood test their balconies before the concrete is installed for several reasons:
- Ensuring Waterproofing:
Balconies are often exposed to rain and water damage, which can lead to leaks and structural damage if not waterproofed properly. By flood testing the balconies before installing the concrete, subcontractors can identify any leaks and ensure that the waterproofing is effective.
- Avoiding Structural Damage:
If water can seep through the balcony and into the structure beneath, it can cause damage to the building’s foundation and compromise the overall structural integrity. Flood testing can help to identify any weaknesses in the structure before they become a problem.
- Meeting Building Codes:
Building codes often require that balconies be flood tested before installation to ensure that they are safe and structurally sound. By complying with these regulations, and using the Elevation® waterproofing system, contractors can ensure that their projects meet the necessary standards and are safe for occupants.
Overall, flood testing balconies before installing concrete is an important step in ensuring the safety, durability, and longevity of the structure. It can help to identify any issues early on, before they become more serious and costly to address.