Science of Leaks

Science of Leaks

Understanding how often leaks occur related to wind and/or the type of precipitation, possible leaks occurring due to Negative-Air and leaks occurring due to Condensation.

Leak Diagnostics

Diagnostics are done through investigation of facts found on site, provided by weather history or by details given by customer (related to leak frequency…).  The time it takes for a leak to drip once precipitation has started, current form of precipitation, wind direction, wind speed, size of precipitation (mist, fog, drizzle, large rain drops), understanding possible sources during a lack of precipitation is necessary to properly diagnose all leaks.  Improper diagnostics can waste thousands of dollars. When proper diagnostic can distinguish between a roof leak and an internal air conditioning leak (clogged pan, leaking door panel or clogged filters), it is important that all clues (answers) be sought out to ensure the best (quickest and most cost effective) results.  Knowing when a roof needs repair, maintenance or replacement takes experience in all 3 of these roofing related services. Through diagnostics and proper guidance, we here at Leak Stoppers can help all customers effectively address all of their roofing (LEAK REPAIR) needs. When leaks take a while to start and then stay a while, they are likely traveling from somewhere else (between roof layers possibly 100 or more feet).  Understanding how many layers, the pitch of the roof framing and the direction of steel decking with a good set of eyes is vital to tracking these leaks. Leaks occurring only during certain wind conditions are likely to be found on a/c ducts, walls and roof edges. Leaks occurring only during hot summer days can be related to the integrity and proper service of roof top air conditioners, ducts and fans. The lack of proper balance of exhaust vents versus intake (make up) vents and improper maintenance of these units can cause rain to be sucked into a building.  These leaks are hard to fix as the frequency of occurrence and lack of knowledge, related to air handlers, causes many roofers to make unnecessary and sometimes expensive repairs to roofing.

Roof Engineering

Design of a buildings’ roof using standards for construction of roofing in regards to the type of roofing, type and amount of fasteners, necessary materials, R-Value and Application method required by local building codes in regards to the structure’s height, width, surrounding Topography.

Most people associate Roof engineering with Leak analysis.  Engineers are not taught how to analyze leaks. Through school they are taught the fundamental concepts of physics, gravity and wind, but knowing how to interpret the effects of these properties in relation to today’s building materials takes experience, analytical thinking, good detective work and sometimes a little imagination.  The founder of leak Stoppers was educated in Computer Science engineering before switching to a business and accounting major. Science and engineering knowledge are critical in achieving a complete understanding of all possible leak scenarios. It is through natural science that our company founder bases his leak theories (analysis).  Utilizing natural science and years of Experience on Leaking Long Island homes, we provide an explanation and possible Solutions to any given Leak Situation.