TECH NOTES | You Can’t See What You Can’t See
It’s almost inevitable, roofs and fenestrations are going to leak. Extreme weather conditions, normal wear and tear over time and environmental and foreign intrusions deteriorate and penetrate even the best building envelope solutions on the market. Water leaks not only damage interior finishes, they promote membrane deterioration and decrease the effectiveness of insulation. Often, the worst damage is beyond what the human eye can see or what has happened behind the walls. An infrared survey is the most effective way to locate and quantify moisture saturated insulation.
Case Study: Sandpiper Run
Leaks through roofs and from roof drains were a dilemma for three of the four beach front condominiums in Pawleys Island, SC for the Sandpiper Run Council of Co-Owners, especially when the leaks interrupted use and damaged interior spaces in occupied units. As soon as the leaks were reported (2011 – Building A, 2015 – Buildings C&D), SKA was contacted to investigate. Investigation through the use of infra-red cameras and from exploratory openings revealed the leak sources where water had previously been hidden and helped SKA to develop replacement roof systems that would resolve the leaks and more importantly, save the owners money long term by having a service life of 25+ years.
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