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Roof Flood Testing

It’s crucial to periodically inspect membrane roofs to make sure they’re leak-proof and operating efficiently. Without testing, a hole or other flaw can go unnoticed and endanger the house or business to a great extent.

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Conducting Quality Flood Testing

A simple but efficient method of determining if the membrane is intact and free of flaws is the flood test. After blocking the outlets and partially filling the roof with water, all that has to be done is watch to see if a leak appears below.

Similar to any other type of roof, a membrane roof leak or flaw can seriously harm a residential or business structure. These damages include:

  • Water-logged plasterboards

  • Rot in structural timber

  • Damage to furniture, carpets, curtains and other items inside the building

  • Damage to electrical components

  • Neglected electrical problems that could cause electrocutions or flames

  • Insulation effectiveness is compromised when exposed to water.

  • Metal elements may begin to corrode

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How are Flood Tests Done?

One of the services Oates Roofing provide to clients in Melbourne and the surrounding areas is roof flood testing. When evaluating a membrane roof for flooding, all downpipes and other locations where water normally drains from the roof are blocked or temporarily dammed.

The roof is then submerged in water to a maximum depth of five centimeters, which is how the name “flood testing” originated. The water is left in place for an extended amount of time—typically 12 hours or longer. During this time, the roof is constantly observed in case there is a hole or other flaw. Water is then discharged after testing.

Why conduct roof flood testing?

  • To discover any existing or early onset of leaks, damages, holes, or defects.

  • Save thousands of dollars in damage or, potentially, a major catastrophe.

  • Have the peace of mind that your family and home is safe and sound.

Like any roof, a leak or defect in a membrane roof can cause significant damage to a commercial building or home. Damage can include, but is not limited to, water-logged plasterboard, rot in structural timber, damage to furniture, carpets, curtains and other items inside the building, mould and damage to electrical components. The later can be particularly serious, with electrical faults potentially resulting in fires or electrocutions. 

What if a leak or defect is found?

If a leak or defect is detected during the roof flood test, the water will be drained immediately to ensure no damage is done. Oates can then fix the leak or defect. It doesn’t mean the entire roof has to be re-waterproofed as there are various methods of fixing issues that only involve a small area.

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Contact Oates Roofing to have a roof flood test conducted

A roof flood test is an excellent way of ensuring a membrane roof is watertight. It’s also a useful method in finding the source of a leak so it can be repaired before significant damage to the building occurs. To organise river flood testing on your commercial or residential building in Melbourne and surrounds, contact Oates Roofing today.