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Building Leak Investigations, especially in large commercial and industrial buildings or residential apartment blocks, are crucial to maintaining the structural integrity, safety, and functionality of these structures. Whether it’s a minor water ingress issue or a major leak that threatens the entire building, prompt and thorough investigations are essential. Established in 1986, independent test house Thornton Consulting, provide an accurate and comprehensive building leak investigations service for both new and older properties throughout the UK and Ireland.  Here’s a closer look at the importance and key aspects of leak investigations in these settings.

  1. Structural Integrity: Unresolved leaks can compromise the structural integrity over time, leading to costly repairs or, in extreme cases, catastrophic failures. If you have observed water ingress in any part of the property, bespoke leak investigations with the appropriate testing methods will identify the source of the issue and prevent further damage, following successful remedial repairs.
  2. Safety: Safety is paramount in any building, especially in industrial facilities or hospitals where hazardous materials, equipment or machinery are present. Leaks can create slippery surfaces, electrical hazards, or chemical exposures. Investigations ensure that any safety risks are promptly addressed, protecting both the occupants and property.
  3. Equipment and Inventory Protection: Many industrial buildings house expensive equipment and valuable inventory. Leaks can damage machinery, ruin products, and disrupt production. A precise analysis of the origin of the breach can minimise downtime and financial losses. Water ingress can travel in a capillary action, becoming evident well away from the point of origin. This may manifest in any part of the property as result of defects to items such as the roof waterproofing layer, glazing, cladding or the inadequate sealing of pipework or other penetrations, for example.
  4. Energy Efficiency: Leaks can lead to energy inefficiency if insulation has become damaged or water logged. Identifying and sealing leaks can improve energy conservation, reduce utility costs, and contribute to sustainability efforts.
  5. Maintenance Planning: Regular roof inspections can be incorporated into a proactive maintenance plan. Detecting and addressing leaks early can extend the lifespan of building components and reduce long-term maintenance costs.
  6. Professional Expertise: Analysis of a building leak often requires specialised knowledge and equipment. Thornton Consulting’s team of skilled field testers play a critical role in identifying the specific point of water ingress effectively, applying various highly accurate test methods to identify the source, enabling property owners and facility managers to resolve the issues by carrying out timely repairs.
  7. Technology and Tools: Advanced technologies, such as, electronic leak detection, moisture scanners, inspection cameras and thermal imaging cameras have revolutionized leak investigations. These tools enable precise and non-invasive detection of leaks, saving time and resources.

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