St Albans Roof Leak Detection

St Albans Flat Roof Leak Detection
Professional Commercial Flat Roof Inspectors

Don't let a leaking flat roof ruin your property
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  • Non Destructive Solution
  • Accurately pinpoint your leak
  • 99% Success Rate
  • Prevents further damage to your property

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Flat Roof Leaks: The Importance Of Identifying Then Quickly

A flat roof is an important part of your building as it protects the structure and contents. Flat roofs are more likely to leak than sloped roofs and even a minor leak can very quickly escalate into a major problem if it’s not fixed promptly. A leak in your flat roof can lead to multiple water entry points, which can cause serious damage to your property and the contents. Our leak detection experts will inspect the roof and find the source of any leaks quickly, helping you to avoid expensive repairs or replacements.

Flat roofs are susceptible to leaks because of a number of factors, including inadequate installation, poor maintenance, and being exposed to severe weather. Flat roof leaks can result from a number of factors including cracked flashing, blocked gutters and punctures caused by falling objects.

It is important that you remember that not all roof problems are obvious, roof leak experts have the experience and the tools to be able to detect roof leaks. Regular professional roof inspections can maintain the integrity of your roof and help to detect any potential problems before they become major ones.

Our team can provide commercial and residential roof inspection, and leak detection services in St Albans and throughout the Hertfordshire area including St Stephens, St Julians, Sopwell, Park Street, How Wood.

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Experts In Electronic Flat Roof Leak Detection

We are an independent UK flat roof leak detection company, with specialists in third-party electronic leak detection and integrity testing on all types of flat roofs and structural waterproofing membranes.

Our roof technicians are qualified to inspect all types of flat roofs in St Albans and throughout the Hertfordshire area, both residential and commercial. Using non-destructive flat roof electronic leak detection techniques, such as high voltage dielectric electric integrity testing, low voltage earth leakage testing, differential pressure vacuum testing and drone surveying & thermal imaging, will help them to locate the point of entry quickly and precisely. We can conduct leak detection tests and surveys in any weather condition. After your flat roofing survey is complete, you’ll receive a complete Health and Safety Plan, Risk Assessments and Method Statements which together form an extensive O&M Manual.

New Flat, Green And Blue Roof Integrity Testing

Any new flat, green or blue roofs must comply with NHBC chapter 7.1 of Flat Roofs. Terraces. And Balconies and British Standard 6229. 2018 (Flat Roofs with Continuously Supported Flexible Waterproof Coverings. Code of Practice).

Before a roofing membrane is overlaid it should be visually examined and electronically tested for waterproofing integrity. Any defects should be repaired and the membrane should be retested before adding additional layers, as per NHBC Chapter 7.1.9 (Green Roofs & Propriety Roofs).

Premier Guarantee Structural Warranties extend this a step further. Section 7.11.15.2, “Roof Coverings –Green Roofing” section 7.11 requires that the waterproof membrane be tested for integrity prior to any additional components being applied. The testing should be performed by a third party unrelated to the roofing contract.

All roof penetrations will be inspected and the roof surveyed. This will include an assessment and examination of any roof penetrations, terminations, mounts for equipment, roof membrane conditions, parapet wall coping and perimeter flashing.

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We understand that every job can be different and our team have the experience and knowledge to handle any kind of roof and customer requirements. All of our roof surveys are done in compliance with all requirements of major UK warranty providers, British Standards, The Property Care Association and CIRIA.

If you have further questions about our St Albans flat roof leak detection get in touch today to book a free quotation.

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It Is Vital To Detect A Leak Quickly For Property Protection.

  • Prevention Of Structural Damage - If left unchecked, water leaks can harm your building’s structural integrity. This could lead you to expensive repairs or even a building collapse. Early leak detection will help preserve your building’s structural integrity, and help avoid larger damage.
  • Preventing The Formation Of Mold And Mildew - If your roof has leaks, mould and mildew can grow, which can be very bad for the health of the people who occupy your building. Early detection of a roof leak can help to keep your building safe and healthy by stopping the spread of mildew and mould.
  • Reduce Repair Costs - The longer that a roof leak remains unnoticed the greater the damage it will cause. This will require more expensive and complicated repairs than if it was discovered sooner. Leakage can be quickly identified and repaired to minimise damage.
  • Energy Cost Savings - A roof leak can cause draughts and make it harder to keep your building at a comfortable temperature, which can increase your energy costs. You can reduce your energy consumption by finding roof leaks early.
  • Reducing Insurance Costs - Insurance companies may increase your premiums if there is a history of water damage. By finding and fixing any leaks as soon as possible, you can avoid serious damage and lower your insurance premiums.

Lowering insurance costs: Insurance companies may increase your premiums if there is a history of water damage. By finding and fixing any leaks as soon as possible, you can avoid serious damage and lower your insurance premiums.

Flat Roof Leaks: The Signs To Look For

  • A flat roof leak can be easily detected by water stains on the ceiling. These stains may appear as discoloured patches or water droplets and can indicate a leaking roof. Water stains on the ceiling may also be caused by plumbing leaks, therefore a professional roof inspection will help to pinpoint the source.
  • Another sign that you have a flat roof leak, is peeling wallpaper or paint. If water seeps through the ceiling, it can cause wallpaper or paint to peel off of the wall. This could indicate a leak. High humidity and condensation can also lead to this, you should have a professional roof inspector inspect your roof to confirm that there aren’t any leaks.
  • Moldy or musty odour could also be an indication of a leaky flat roof. A leaky roof can promote the growth of mold or mildew and cause a musty odour. This could present a significant health risk, and it must be fixed immediately.
  • Another sign of a leaky roof is condensation on the roof’s inside. Condensation on the roof surface can occur when the temperature inside is higher than outside. This signals a leak. This can also be caused by poor insulation or inadequate ventilation.

Remember that these symptoms can also be caused by other problems, so a professional roof inspection should be carried out to find the exact source of the problem.

If you have further questions about our St Albans flat roof leak detection get in touch today to book a free quotation.

Roof Leak Detection FAQs

What is the best way to stop a flat roof from leaking?

Install flashing. Adding flashings to your flat roofing system will prevent the most common sources of roof leaks. Flashing seals the seams around chimneys, guttering, vents, and more to prevent water ingress.

Can you seal a leaking flat roof?

For bigger sealing jobs, there are many flat roof sealing products homeowners can apply themselves: Roofer's tape. For slightly larger repair jobs on seams or tears, homeowners can use 6-inch wide roofer's tape. You'll prime the surface with a bitumen liquid coating and then roll the tape over the adhesive.

Are flat roofs more prone to leaking?

Flat roofs (a/k/a "low sloped roofs") are more prone to leaks than steep-sloped roofs. This is perhaps the worst kept secret in real estate. A flat roof is not designed with a path for water to run off quickly, which allows moisture to collect on the surface.

Is a leaking flat roof covered by insurance?

Most home insurance providers will cover the cost of repairs if roof leaks are due to a sudden, unexpected event, like storm damage or a falling tree. But you won't be covered for roof leaks that are due to wear and tear.

Is standing water on a flat roof OK?

On a performing flat roof ponding water is not a problem as it will drain, or even evaporate, away. However when your flat roof has uneven areas due to sagging, an insufficient slope, or drainage issues, the ponding water doesn't dissipate.

 

 

If you have further questions about our St Albans flat roof leak detection get in touch today to book a free quotation.