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Roof leaks can not only be elusive to locate, they often cause damage to property before the water ingress is visible inside the building. Interior signs of damp and mould growth for example may not be easily evident, especially in areas which are visited infrequently or with limited access behind storage and machinery. Fortunately, innovative solutions with the appliance of advanced technology, provide a comprehensive roof leak detection system which is cost-effective and precise. These testing methods ensure diligent property maintenance, averting potential structural damage and saving costly repairs. Locating the source of a roof leak is often challenging without professional help, wasting valuable time and resources.

Established in 1986, Thornton Consulting has set the industry standard for electronic roof leak detection on commercial and industrial buildings, car parks, hospitals and large residential blocks, for many prestige clients. Their team of highly skilled field testers and consultants provide an efficient, non-destructive and accurate investigation survey and roof leak detection service on buildings throughout the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

One key element in locating breaches in the waterproofing system is determining the right detection method for the waterproofing membrane and the roof structure, using sophisticated technology designed to identify leaks at their inception. Electronic Leak Detection (ELD) can be used on most flat roof waterproofing systems and is an accurate and efficient method for locating breaches in the waterproof membrane. Where this method is not appropriate, on conductive membranes such as EPDM for example, other traditional testing procedures can be applied instead.

Early detection of breaches is crucial in preventing water from infiltrating the building structure, as it allows for prompt intervention before the damage becomes extensive. Electronic leak detection can be used in both new building constructions to assess the integrity of the waterproofing before completion of the project or in existing buildings where leaks have developed and it is essential to locate the source.

The benefits of a roof leak detection system extend beyond immediate damage control. By addressing leaks early on, property owners and facility managers can avoid the development of mould and mildew, which thrive in damp environments. This preserves the structural integrity of the building, longevity for the life-span of the roof, and also maintains a healthy living environment for occupants. A survey will also give peace of mind that the waterproofing layer is intact and robust.

In addition to safeguarding against property damage, these systems contribute to long-term cost savings. The expenses associated with repairing extensive water damage, or an entire roof replacement, far outweighs the investment in roof leak detection. Proactive measures such as these not only protect your property but also offer peace of mind, knowing that potential threats are being monitored and mitigated in real-time. As technology continues to advance, the alliance of innovation and practicality in detecting roof leaks provides an invaluable service, not only conserving the property owner’s investment but also giving roofing or main contractors confirmation that the project is sound and secure prior to the final hand-over.   Call us today on 01342 410508 or use the Contact Form to get in touch.