Moisture Intrusion Testing

Roof Leaks, Water Intrusion: The calls are already beginning to come in. Sometimes, despite the best maintenance efforts, roof leaks will occur during heavy rains. Rainwater may intrude through weather cracks in sealants, deteriorating flashing, window seals, skylight seals, and so on.

Of course, the first and most important step is to identify and correct the source of the leak. Then, however, the real work often starts. Whenever water intrudes INTO a building, wet materials must somehow be addressed. Carpet can usually be dried - or lifted and dried - in place. Similarly, older plaster (not gypsum) walls can often be dried in place by penetrating the wall with small holes and directing fans into the wall space, but only if there is no insulation in that wall space. 

Wallboard, however, must be removed along the base of impacted walls PRIOR to ventilating the wall space. The reason: water collects along the base of the walls. Left alone, mold will form in the wall space and will become heavy within 3 to 5 weeks. 

HOW WE HELP: Using an infra-red camera and a conductive meter, Ellis first identifies water-impacted wallboard, typically by marking a cut line on impacted walls (usually 2 to 4 feet up from the floor). The Owner can then retain a general contractor to begin stripping and drying the walls, or Ellis can administer the effort on the Owner's behalf. 

If the above is not performed within a week or so following the water intrusion, mold growth and its attendant health concerns will usually follow. The project THEN becomes a hazardous materials abatement project, which will significantly increase removal costs. 

Retaining Ellis to administer the timely removal of wallboard, followed by our final visual inspection and clearance notice, is the Owner's most cost-effective option.

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