Congress Associates Offers International Leak Detection Services throughout New England

Congress Associates is the new Independent Sales Representative for International Leak Detection (ILD) covering all of New England and Connecticut. ILD leak verification services are now offered through Congress Associates as a complement to its roofing and waterproofing solutions.

Congress Associates is excited to represent ILD leak detection and integrity testing services,” said John Massengill, Congress Associates President. “Our mission is a strong commitment to provide a high level of service to our customers by offering truly innovative products and services in the industry. ILD is a great addition to our roofing and waterproofing service offerings, but more importantly an exceptional solution to offer our customers for the long-term protection and maintenance of their building assets.”

International Leak Detection (ILD) has been the leading provider of roofing and waterproofing integrity testing since 2001. The company success is based on 30 years of experience, the proprietary Electric Field Vector Mapping (EFVM) testing method, and a dedication to extraordinary service. The ILD leak-proof reputation has been attained with stringent quality assurance and training standards to ensure the highest caliber of service.

ELECTRIC FIELD VECTOR MAPPING (EFVM) is a low-voltage test method that creates an electrical potential difference between a non-conductive membrane surface and conductive structural deck or substrate, which is earthed or grounded. Developed by ILD Germany in the early 1990s, EFVM quickly became a valuable tool for leak investigations on existing systems. Introduced to North America in 2001, the EFVM testing procedure has become the standard for waterproofing verification.

Over time, small punctures, membrane splits or mechanical damage to waterproofing membrane result in wet insulation, mold, and costly interior damage. Previously, lengthy and costly leak investigations were necessary to locate a membrane breach, especially in protected roof membrane assemblies, garden roofs, or parking and plaza decks. Now the unique ability of EFVM® allows for testing the integrity of waterproofing membranes with a non-invasive method while reading through the system overburden and providing accurate results.

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.

Detect Moisture with Non-destructive Kit

The RWS Kit from Tramex Ltd.

The RWS Kit from Tramex Ltd.

The RWS Kit from Tramex Ltd. is a complete moisture inspection kit for the roofing professional. The kit allows for deep penetration through non-conductive roofing membranes, Exterior Insulation and Finish System or drywall barriers. It does not use destructive or pin-type instruments while accurately and quickly locating and tracing leaks and their source.

The kit, which is suitable for leak detection in membranes, insulation and EIFS, includes the following:

An RWS non-destructive moisture meter
Professional digital pin-type resistance meter
Handheld electrode with 7-inch insulated pins
Infrared Surface Thermometer
Telescopic Handle (for use on roofs)
High-impact, polypropylene carrying case, with die-cut foam lining
(Optional) Digital Hygrometer

The meters are battery-operated (batteries are supplied) and feature clear, easy-to-read analog/digital dials.

All Tramex products carry a full satisfaction guarantee including a one-year warranty against defects in parts and workmanship, as well as a refund if the unit is returned, shipping pre-paid, in new condition within 21 days of original delivery. Proof of purchase is necessary.