New Different Ways and Devices For Detecting Roof Leaks

If you think the only method to detect roof leakage is hosing down your roof methodically, it’s about time you step out of the rock you’re living in. This method is so outdated, inefficient, dangerous, and of course a water-waster. It’s already the 21st century and with technology alleviating the different aspects of our daily lives, it should come to no surprise that roof leak repair has also evolved. Of course before any repair is done, one should detect the problem itself. With these new gadgets in the market now, I think you will secretly wish for new roof leaks to pop in so you will see these devices in action.

Thermal Imaging Cameras

This is an infrared thermograph camera that will identify areas where moisture and wetness are present. Some advanced versions of these cameras can even register specific temperatures and assign colors to different temperature ranges so it would be easier to interpret when scanning for roof leakage. Also, it will detect a larger cover area than just the section where the leak is so you’d have an idea how much damage is really done in your home. This is a great versatile device to have because not only is it useful in detecting roof leaks, it can also detect damages on pipes, vents, washing appliances, toilets, and sinks.

Electronic Leak Detection

Imagine a mine detector but instead of detecting mines, it searches for roof leaks. Even though buildings with membrane-style roofs such as office buildings, apartments, warehouses, and other commercial buildings use this kind of roof structure in order to prevent leaks, they will still eventually appear. With an electronic Leak detector, a building owner won’t have to deal with roof leakage with an archaic approach such a flood testing where a lot of water is wasted. Low voltage versions of this device will only operate on surfaces with low level moisture so a little bit of flooding is needed. As for high voltage models, no amount of moisture is necessary and instead relies on its conductive bristles to emit an audible signal whenever a leak is detected. Thick and flat roofs will have virtually invisible roof leaks so these electronic devices are great alternatives to detect them.

Moisture Meters

These are also electronic devices but the function differently from ELDs. These are perfect for home since they can be bought in hardware stores and can detect leaks invisible from the eye. Pin-probe versions require it to be probed in suspect areas while surface contact models are non-invasive but cost a lot more than the former. However, the only downside is you can only use it in rainstorms. If there are areas that give off a number other than zero in the meter, it means you have potential roof leaks already forming.