Electronic Leak Detection Testing System Developed for Black EPDM

Detec Systems has developed the IntegriScan scanning platform. According to the company, this is the only testing method capable of Electronic Leak Detection (ELD) testing of conductive membranes including Black EPDM and semi-conductive waterproofing systems. Black EPDM contains carbon black, which produces a level of electrical conductivity that makes testing impossible using high voltage and vector mapping.  

In order to enable valid ELD testing of Black EPDM, TruGround Conductive Primer must be applied directly below the membrane per ASTM D7877. TruGround can be used for quality assurance testing on newly installed, fully adhered or mechanically attached EPDM membranes. Once applied, ELD testing can be performed for the life of the roof. Future breaches or seam voids can be quickly pinpointed allowing repairs to be done immediately, preventing costly moisture damage to occur. The IntegriScan and TruGround are compatible with all membranes including EPDM, TPO, PVC, modified bitumen, and hot and cold fluid-applied waterproofing.

For more information, visit www.detecsystems.com.

IR Analyzers to Conduct Electronic Leak Detection Testing at Hudson Yards

IR Analyzers/Vector Mapping announces that it will conduct ELD Fusion testing at Hudson Yards in New York City.

IR Analyzers/Vector Mapping announces that it will conduct ELD Fusion testing at Hudson Yards in New York City.

IR Analyzers/Vector Mapping, a provider of membrane integrity testing for the roofing and waterproofing industries, announces that it will conduct ELD Fusion testing at Hudson Yards in New York City. “We’re excited to be selected to perform ELD Fusion testing for Hudson Yards,” says company president Peter Brooks. “This unprecedented $20 billion project will feature more than 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space and create more than 23,000 construction jobs.”

ELD Fusion is a major breakthrough in the development and specification of electronic leak detection for roofing and waterproofing membranes. Brooks says: “Fusion testing ensures more thorough coverage and the most accurate test results by incorporating high-voltage ELD testing on vertical surfaces and transitions with traditional low-voltage vector mapping on horizontal areas. Combining these technologies produces the most comprehensive test methodology available.”

Hudson Yards is the epicenter of New York City’s burgeoning New West Side and is projected to draw 65,000 visitors a day. It is the largest private development in American history and features five state-of-the-art office towers, 5,000 residences, a 750-seat public school, a 200-room luxury hotel, more than 100 shops and restaurants and 14 acres of public open space.

Detect Leaks and Ensure Quality in Low-slope Roof Systems

Vector mapping from IR Analyzers detects leaks in low-slope roof systems.

Vector mapping from IR Analyzers detects leaks in low-slope roof systems.

Electric vector mapping from IR Analyzers is a cutting-edge technology that is redefining the art of leak detection and quality assurance in low-slope roofing and waterproofing systems. Low Voltage Vector Mapping is a method of electronic leak detection that pinpoints breaches in the roof membrane by tracing the flow of an electric current across the membrane surface. Already Europe’s most widely used method for detecting roof leaks, vector mapping is rapidly being adopted by manufacturers, contractors and specifiers in the United States.

Electronic Leak Detection eliminates the dangers and potential damage inherent in traditional flood testing. Unlike the interpretive process of water, flood, infrared or nuclear testing, vector mapping detects membrane faults directly. It is ideal for quality and warranty assurance needs, for leak testing of green (vegetative) and ballasted roofs, and for leak detection in all low-slope roofing systems in which the membrane is not electrically conductive and the deck can be electrically grounded. Even pinhole leaks invisible to the naked eye can be pinpointed with Electronic Leak Detection, and repairs can be made on the spot and immediately retested to ensure watertight results.