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Nuclear Roof Moisture Survey: What It Is, How It’s Done, And Why You Need It

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Nuclear Roof Moisture Survey: What It Is, How It’s Done, And Why You Need It

When it comes to your commercial property, moisture is one of the biggest challenges you face. From leaks in your building envelope to trapped moisture in your roofing system, when moisture enters your building, it promotes mold growth and causes health issues for building occupants. That’s why building owners and managers turn to building envelope and leak detection specialists. Using a nuclear moisture survey, the experts at TSI Energy Solutions, can accurately locate trapped moisture in almost every type of roof. This technology is so advanced that it distinguishes between multiple levels of moisture and can be used in almost any type of weather condition on any type of roof, including ballasted roofs and where there are multiple roof system layers.

What Is A Nuclear Roof Moisture Survey?

A nuclear roof moisture survey uses radioisotopic thermalization to locate and quantify latent moisture trapped in the roofing material or the roof deck materials. During the survey, certified professionals can locate any hidden sources of moisture as part of an overall preventative maintenance program.  

How Is A Nuclear Roof Moisture Survey Performed?

First, it’s critical to note that a nuclear roof moisture survey is non-invasive, which means your roofing system won’t be compromised in order to perform the survey. The first step in the survey is to create a grid pattern across the entirety of the roof. Typically, the grid pattern is five feet by five feet or ten feet by ten feet. Before the survey begins, all roofing structures, penetrations, and obvious patched areas must be accurately recorded, so they do not negatively influence the survey results. Then, at each grid intersection, nuclear readings are taken and recorded. If areas of elevated moisture are detected, additional readings are taken and recorded.

Why Do You Need A Nuclear Roof Moisture Survey?

It goes without saying that your roof is one of your first lines of defense against the outside elements. It behooves you to take care of it for the sake of your building, tenants, employees, and equipment. By having a roof moisture survey performed you have the potential to save thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs, avoid mold growth, promote the health and well-being of building tenants, and protect your building’s systems. You can read more about the benefits of a nuclear roof moisture survey by visiting our blog post The Benefits of A Roof Moisture Survey.

Do you need an expert to perform a Roof Moisture Survey? The certified experts at TSI are ready to help you determine if your roof has trapped moisture or is a source of future issues. Request a quote today and we’ll be in touch!