Roof leakage is one of the major household maintenance problems that most of the people like to put on the back burner list. But this is one of the most important issues to turn your attention to. Water leakage on your rooftop may give rise to many other problems. If left unnoticed it can give rise to many other hazardous issues in the house. Damage to the insulation of house, increase in the mould and fungal growth, and risk of electrical shock are few of many structural deteriorating issues of water leakage. If left untreated than increased water leakage can contact with an electrical wiring of the walls, and if any breakage in the insulation exists, then by creating an open circuit, this situation can lead to the hazardous fire.
Even if the insulation is undamaged, the water can seep through open wires and can cause an electrical shock for any person touching the wire. So a timely and professionally done water leakage repair is extremely important. It is not only esthetically important for your house, but it also protects you and your family from any harmful incident. It is of paramount importance to thoroughly inspect and root out the basic reason of roof leakage.
There can be many sources of water leakage, some of which include pest infestation, leaks from the air conditioner, vent pipes of bathrooms, tempered roof, plumbing leaks, or condensation. All these roof leakage problems can ruin the inner environment and atmosphere of your house, and that can lead to health issues. Proper inspection of the entire roof is extremely important. A thorough inspection can show you the basic reason of the water leakage. It is often said that you can locate the reason of water leakage yourself. Well, there are many techniques through which you can locate that major point. But it is not recommended. Because the professional roof restoration teams are highly skilled for re roofing or re painting, and possess numerous expertise to not only diagnose the basic reason of the problem but they have all the high tech types of equipment through which they can totally eradicate the water leakage issue.
Roof restoration process is totally insignificant if a proper diagnosis hasn’t been made before. Now the diagnosis process has become technologically advanced and more reliable. The roof restoration professionals use highly advanced and sensitive techniques to properly sense and locate even the minor leakage in the roof. These procedures have given ease to diagnose the problem and proved to be the most accurate ones.
Rather than only doing a visual assessment following non-destructive moisture detecting techniques are highly sensitive and provide authentic recommendations and scientific information about the problems. These modern high-tech techniques include,
- Infrared Thermography (IR Scan)
- Nuclear Scan
- Electronic Field Vector Mapping (EFVM)
It is the most commonly used non-destructive moisture detecting technique. It works by recording the difference in the temperature of the roof from different areas of its surface. It is mostly used on commercial buildings. Through IR scanning wet insulation areas are marked, and a CAD drawing is produced indicating all the wet areas on the roof surface.
Through nuclear scan, the level of hydrogen ions is detected throughout the roof surface. It is highly accurate and efficient method that detect even the smaller amounts of water trapped on the rooftop. The readings of total hydrogen ions from the nuclear gauge are correlated as the total moisture content. As the water molecules are two parts hydrogen ions, so it gives the accurate moisture value. The baseline is set with dry area, which is taken as zero. Then the reading of hydrogen areas can be used to make a map of the roof indicating the presence of a specific amount of trapped water in various areas of the roof.
Electronic Field Vector Mapping:
The basic goal of IR and a nuclear scan is to identify the wet insulation areas, while the electronic field vector technique poses different approach on other non-destructive moisture detecting tests. The basic goal of this technique is to locate the major point from where the water enters inside the roof. This procedure is done by highly trained and skilful technicians. In this technique, an electric field is created using a grounded wire and making a loop in a specific section of roof. The technician puts water on this area, using it as a conductor of electricity. By creating an electric field, the direction of current flow can indicate the loose end.