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As Water Intrusion Specialists our primary objective is to perform water intrusion testing for both commercial and residential buildings to source and identify where your water leaks are originating from.
We are an Independent Third Party Testing Agency that performs a variety of air leakage and water intrusion tests to replicate and source rain related water leaks at windows, doors, and wall assemblies. These tests include the AAMA 501.2, AAMA 502 and ASTM tests such as the E1105.
Water intrusion comes in many different forms and doesn’t discriminate between residential or commercial buildings. We provide water intrusion investigative services throughout California in addition to neighboring Arizona and Nevada. Some the major metropolitan areas we service include but are not limited to: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose, and Sacramento, Phoenix, and Las Vegas.
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Fenestration TestingWater Intrusion Specialist (WIS) and our team of Rain Leak Experts perform many of the AAMA and ASTM standardized tests on fenestration products throughout CA, AZ, and NV. The primary cities we service are Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. Some of the tests we perform are AAMA 502, 511-08, ASTM E1105, 2128, D5957 D7053, C1601 and more…
Some of the standardized tests we perform;
Water Test Standards
To be clear, there are essentially two sides to water intrusion testing. There is Quality Assurance Testing and there is Forensic Investigation. WIS Testing
Quality Assurance Water TestingQuality Assurance Testing or QAT, within the building community and water intrusion testing industry refers to the testing of an installer’s final product or final installation, whatever that product may be.
The test can be performed in accordance with a very specific standard such as with fenestration testing, the AAMA 502 test or the ASTM E1105 test.
On the other hand, the test can also be at the discretion of the buildings owner to verify a competent installation. In other words, it a test performed so the original installer can be held accountable for any issues which may arise from such a test.
Forensic Water Test InvestigationWater penetration into a building can come from many different systems. Understanding the “where and how” water enters into a building is known as a forensic investive approach. Most all good forensic investigations requires a certain level of DT or destructive testing. Destructive testing is also known as the removal of building finishes.
This removal of the buildings finishes like drywall or exterior cladding i.e. stucco, brick, siding, etc… This process allows a qualified water intrusion technician such as WIS TESTING to better see, visually where water derives.
In other words, it difficult to determine precisely where the water originates without destructive testing and forensic evaluation.
Disinterested Third PartyThere are plenty of companies that are more than happy to evaluate or otherwise inspect your condition with hopes to obtain work. On the other hand, we are truly a disinterested neutral third-party testing company which is to say, we do not perform any work after our tests. Although our water intrusion testing is performed by industry recognized experts, we still have no interest in performing the construction-related part of the project which would be a conflict of interest; keep in mind we are neutral in the beginning (sourcing the leak) and are also neutral at the end (quality control testing to check the effectiveness of any repairs).
Once testing is completed, our water intrusion expert will provide you with a written, narrative style report documenting the facts of the test as well as recommendations depending on the test performed. No matter what test Water Intrusion Specialists Testing provides, you can rest assured that we are there only as a neutral disinterested third-party firm.
A quick aboutAll things considered, there are many different individuals you can find on the internet who say they perform different types of water intrusion and leak investigation through the greater Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego areas. In other words, just about every contractor with a water hose will say they do water testing and can find the leak.
Although this may be true, and it is… not all contractors understand and or follow the standards which dictate or otherwise prescribe the scientific approach to testing systems as we do. This is because we’re a Water intrusion testing only company. Granted, there are literally hundreds of specific tests that can be performed in sourcing water infiltration. Therefore, it takes a professional who is experienced in leak detection or water intrusion testing to determine the approach to sourcing the issue coupled with the appropriate test.
Of course, you have to understand that this is what we do, every day. We look for water inside buildings, period. Whereas other contractors attempt to determine the leak point from a visual perspective in hopes to sell you on their service, we will not. Lastly, many contractors try to sell a one-stop-shop service to make it easy for you to hire one company to source the leak and make the repair, but in reality no contractor wants to take on the liability of fixing someone else’s mistake. What that means for you is that a contractor trying to get your business may perform some variant of a basic water-hose test to appease your want for a water test, when all that test does is hide the fact it was performed for show and then they simply quote you a “Remove and Replace” price that is sky high. Alternatively, you may have a smaller contractor come in who is trying to win your project and they may be fine performing some temporary band-aid/surface fix that won’t last long for a lower fee. So think carefully about all of your options before making any big decisions. When you’re ready to test and investigate with a team of professionals who approaches each project in a scientific manner and who only cares about delivering results, you know who to call.