As a result of the past hurricane/wind events, a large number of structures have exhibited various degrees of water intrusion. Our preliminary investigations indicate that water may have entered the exterior envelope via the ridge vent, off-ridge vent, soffit; hairline cracks in the walls and/or complete saturation of the wall due to the horizontal wind driven rains created by the events. The building code, while addressing weather protection, does not provide a specific requirement for coatings, etc., or address water intrusion with respect to the events experienced.
In order to place these cases in front of the Lake County Board of Examiners, willful violation of the code or fraud must be proven. The majority of the cases we have received do not meet this criteria.
As with all unknowns, gathering data is critical to the evaluation and decision making process. In response to the contractor complaints and in an effort to gather data pertinent to the issue, we are posting a questionnaire and requesting completion and return as soon as possible. We are posting this questionnaire in cooperation with the Central Florida Chapter of the Building Officials Association of Florida. The completed questionnaire may be faxed to us at (352) 343-9661 or mailed to P.O. Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778, in care of ‘Building Division-Water Intrusion Data’. The data gathered will allow the various code authorities, the Florida Building Commission (FBC) and the International Code Congress (ICC) to approach the issue on a more informed basis.