Moisture Intrusion Testing Santa Clarita
We offer moisture intrusion testing as part of our specialized service. As Santa Clarita’s only water intrusion specialist, we understand water damage, water leaks, rain leaks, and water infiltration. The problem with sourcing water intrusion is that requires very specialized equipment.
For many contractors and home inspectors, moisture intrusion testing in Los Angeles or Santa Clarita is not considered a standard procedure. However, we are moisture intrusion specialists. Hence, we understand water damage and how it can happen. Our ability to source water intrusion is not just an art, its a science. Moisture intrusion testing is, however, who we are.
We approach every water intrusion issue through the standards of the AAMA or the ASTM testing agencies. This is to say we perform all of our water intrusion testing within the guides of a standardized test.
Some of our Los Angeles and Santa Clarita moisture intrusion testing methods or procedures are as follows;
- Negative grade
- Shower pans
Santa Clarita Moisture intrusion testing for roofsRoof leaks can be more than just an annoyance, they can be costly. Leaks within a roofing system are very difficult to troubleshoot and take a professional roofing expert to diagnose and locate leaks. Water testing is an option which the water intrusion specialists (formerly Mazza Inspection Group) utilize quite often to accomplish this. Roof leaks are notorious for having the roof leak in one location, but showing itself in an entirely different location. In some cases, not even in the same vicinity as the test location. Infrared thermography helps as a tool, to narrow our search.
Shower pan water intrusion testing | Santa Clarita, Los Angeles
A key point to remember is that shower pans are difficult to test without the right equipment. Marc Mazza of the water intrusion specialists (formerly Mazza Inspection Group) manufacturers a shower pan testing tool that is proprietary to only our company used in conjunction with the shower pan water intrusion test. Once the water has achieved the appropriate fill level, our tool is placed in the pan and left in place for a predetermined amount of time.
Although the use of thermography is not perfect, with shower pan testing it comes in very useful. Used properly, infrared cameras have the ability to locate leaks from these tests before they become catastrophic. Our Moisture intrusion testing in Santa Clarita procedures is almost 100% in making shower pans leak. These tests are essential with every home inspection as shower pans can easily exceed $10,000 in repairs.
Moisture intrusion testing for Leaking windows and Leaking walls
The first thing to remember is that wall or window leaks can happen in either new or older homes. Any new addition of windows or doors within wall systems in either new or old homes are an easy target for leaks. Once the exterior stucco or wall coving is broken open, the installation of the windows or doors must be sealed or made waterproof as was original. For this reason, the water intrusion specialists (formerly Mazza Inspection Group) uses a calibrated spray rack device to effectively test these wall systems.
Furthermore, a spray rack is the only window water testing system where testing methods are dictated by a standard. The ASTM standards. When windows are newly installed or replaced in stucco walls, for example, the building envelope or paper must be preserved and intact. Additionally, the paper must be installed in accordance with building standards. the testing methods we used will easily expose any weakness within this envelope.
Moisture intrusion testing for negative grade
Believe it or not, a negative grade is the most common wall-related moisture intrusion issues we are called to diagnose. This condition is very common primarily due to the fact that concrete contractors and landscapers alike seem to forget the minimum building codes associated with maintaining a clearance to the weep screed or sloping grade from the building. Our methods for Moisture intrusion testing in Santa Clarita will easily expose any areas where moisture enters the building due to negative grade.