Solutions

THE INVASIVE Groundwater PROBLEM

Invasive groundwater, also known as rising damp, is a global problem that creates an environment where a building’s health and integrity are compromised, accelerating deterioration and increasing maintenance costs.
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APPROXIMATE NUMBER OF BUILDINGS AFFECTED BY invasive groundwater IN THE UNITED STATES, UNITED KINGDOM, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES AND INDIA
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APPROXIMATE VALUE OF INSURANCE CLAIMS RESULTING FROM INVASIVE GROUNDWATER PER YEAR IN THESE REGIONS
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OF THESE AFFECTED BUILDINGS WILL SEEK IMMEDIATE REMEDIATION
Source: EY Market Study: December, 2019

A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PROBLEM​

Invasive groundwater and associated damage cost billions of U.S. dollars in building remediation costs incurred by real estate owners and tenants.

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Capillary Action

Building materials, such as masonry, are porous and consist of millions of microscopic capillaries channels. Capillary action describes how water, through molecular attraction, can rise inside these capillaries against the forces of gravity. The same phenomenon can easily be demonstrated in how a sponge can pull water into its voids against the forces of gravity.
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Structural Damage

Damage caused by invasive groundwater and the subsequent accumulation of salts in the walls of building structures increases the rate of degradation, resulting in the long-term erosion of building foundation, masonry and integrity, as well as other building maintenance issues.
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Health Hazards

Moisture and high humidity accumulation often result in mold, insect infestations, and unpleasant odors.

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Costly Repairs

Non-permanent and expensive remediation methods do not solve the problem; they only temporarily treat the symptoms

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Chemicals : Potentially harmful chemicals can add potential health hazards to building occupants and are ineffective after time

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Barriers: Waterproofing barriers are expensive and deteriorate over time

Before After An image of water damage in a Parkchester, Bronx buildingAn image of a Parkchester building after DriWay installation

Innovation

The DriWay Technologies solution uses a unique, patented, passive antenna system to reduce and control excess water in masonry caused by groundwater infiltrating building materials against the forces of gravity, also known as rising damp. The technology solution leverages natural magnetic fields to disturb the intramolecular attraction between excess water and silicate molecules in building foundations and walls. The excess water in masonry is then liberated, allowing it to evaporate. With the DriWay Technologies solution in place, building materials are returned to their natural hydrodynamic equilibrium and water is prevented from rising into the building structure.

Benefits

Cost reduction

Other mitigation measures do not address the core problem, increase inhabitable space utilization or preserve asset value

Healthier Buildings Mean Healthier Occupants

Reduces moisture-related hazards like mold and infestations to improve indoor air quality, fostering better respiratory health

Improved Structural Integrity

Removing invasive groundwater returns a building’s structure to its original building specifications

Carbon Footprint

Reduces a building’s carbon footprint by decreasing electricity and other mitigation costs to address invasive groundwater symptoms like humidity and infestations

Precise measurement and ongoing data collection provide progress and analytics for our clients including:

Internal Wall Moisture
Surface Wall Moisture
Relative humidity

Measurements are taken at regular or automatic intervals using industrially-recognized toolsets and methodologies to ensure correct device operation, creating a data-backed picture of long-term trends and progress towards stemming the invasive groundwater.

Improving the Health of Buildings