We are now, more and more, starting to see these type of problems in multiple wythe masonry buildings. Case study to follow:
4,200 SF “townhome” style building, built 4 years ago and sold for just over 2.3 mil. Lower, 1st and 2nd floors, with front and rear flat roofs, “roof decks” and a third floor penthouse with a flast roof. Client, originally, had me come out and look at water intrusion problems, water stains at wall / ceiling junctures on exterior walls, water stains on baseboards, mold formation in closets, etc.
Main problem was lack of flashing under stone parapet wall copings. This was fixed, and the client decided instead of hiring a GC to supervise the work, hired out, piecemeal, sub-contractors (drywall, insulation, roofing, trim, etc) to save money. The drywall guy took doen the ceiling drywall and found extensive water damage on the underside of the roof deck, and mushrooms growing on the trusses (the size of my hand).
The roofer, tearing off and replacing the roof decking, saw that the top chord of the roof trusses (top loaded) were all squishy and soft, so he just pried off the gussets and “replaced” the top chord. (FYI: NEVER modify an engineered truss. Leave it to a Structural Engineer. At least theyr E & O insurance is better!).
So, the client, finally, called me back and I called all the subs together and brought in an SE I know. ALL of the trusses at the rear of the building have to be replaced (and I will update).
Take away? Hire a good GC to supervise and coordinate the work. Don’t be penny wise and pound foolish.