Water Leaks in Santa Clarita homes
Santa Clarita is a small community just 20 or so minutes North of Los Angeles. The city of Santa Clarita just happens to be where our facility, Mazza Testing Company calls home. Most people from down south aren’t too familiar with our city unless you mention Magic Mountain. Our primary goal as a water intrusion testing company is to focus our efforts on Los Angeles and Santa Clarita Water Intrusion Testing. Not just during rainy seasons, but year long. Testing such as;
- Window leak testing
- Deck leaks
- Roof leaks
- Fenestration standardized testing
Rain Leak Inspections of Santa Clarita
Although Rain isn’t something you’d consider a problem in Los Angeles. Still, it affects all homes just the same, even in the newer housing Santa Clarita has to offer. Because the rainy season is short but steady, it leaves behind a wake of destruction. Most especially in homes not used to considerable rainfall. Santa Clarita Water Intrusion Testing is still very much a necessity.
Homes in Santa Clarita are for the most part, considered to be newer. Even though newer home standards does not translate into “issue-less” construction, Santa Clarita shares the same issues as just about any other housing track in Los Angeles new or old. Even though Los Angeles, is where most of our water intrusion testing business derives.
4 places where your Santa Clarita home Might Leak
Window and Sliding Glass Door Water Intrusion Testing
The term Fenestration means opening. Fenestration testing is the testing of all openings. MAZZA Testing Company performs Fenestration testing here in Santa Clarita and thought Los Angeles. Some of our testing includes;
Most cases, fenestration testing is necessary when a new Fenestration product is installed or, quality assurance testing. In other words, testing windows thought to leak during rain or are otherwise problematic.
Deck Leaks From Rain
The ASTM D5957 is a standard by which decks should be throughly tested and evaluated. If your Santa Clarita deck leaks when it rains it’s probably due to a host of reasons, but can usually be narrowed down just a few.
- Poor quality surfacing, substrate or water proofing materials
- Penetrations leaking
- Improper slope of the deck
Although there are guys out there who will show up with a water hose and start spraying all over the place, we do not. As a matter of fact, our testing procedures are exactly that, procedures. We test leaking decks in a. systematic, through, standardized manner in the event the test ever had to be used to get job bids or even be used in court.
Water Leaking Through walls
Water leaks through walls is almost as common as rain leaks through roofing materials, its just not as common. Make no mistake, however, wall leaks happen. In most cases, wall leaking happens one of three ways;
- Concrete or soil above the weep screed
- Negative slope towards your house
- Inadequate yard drainage
Out here in Santa Clarita will so much new construction we see all of these issues. Who knew right? From builders placing stucco over the weep screed to unqualified landscapers creating adverse conditions that do not support proper drainage or grade elevations. All of these issues can significantly impact your new home or even your existing one.
What type of damage can you expect? For one thing, with respect to weep screeds, these flashings allow for drainage of the stucco walls. When they are otherwise blocked, this drainage does not happen and water has no where else to go but inside your house, and it will. For the most part, the same holds true for soil and concrete which blocks the weep screeds ability to drain, which is its primary function.
Improper or missing yard drainage can have similar effects. Cases where there is inadequate drainage, slopes towards the house or substandard grade elevations, water simply stays on your lot. The idea if drains is to get the rain or irrigations water from your lot, to the storm drain as quickly as possible. Isn contrast, not towards your house or sitting around your foundation. When your Santa Clarita house has water intrusion into the walls, we’ll use the ASTM 2128 test to locate and source the water intrusion.
Santa Clarita Roof Leaks and Inspections
All of us at one point or another have heard of roofs leaking during the rain right? Well, as a water testing only company with deep roots in the inspection business, we understand how water travels. As matter of fact, when it comes to finding water, there’s nobody better than Mazza Testing Company. Of course, there are many different types of roofs which we inspect for leaks.
- Low Slope or flat roofs
- Wood shake
- Concrete or Clay tile
- Composition roof leaks
Low sloped roofs get inspected to a standard known as the ASTM D7053. We perform these tests on commercial buildings as well as residential low sloped roofs, like for example in many Los Angeles houses.
Santa Clarita moisture Testing for Homes in Escrow
Santa Clarita Homes that are in the escrow process seem to be the most stressful tests. No matter if we’re testing a window, door, deck or roof, emotions are high. Even as an independent third party testing company, we just perform moisture intrusion analysis.
Whether you find yourself needing a disinterested neutral third party option, or a water intrusion testing company local to Santa Clarita to provide closure to an unknown stain on the wall or ceiling, we can do that.
Local Window, door, roof or deck leak testing
The project before you is a Santa Clarita Water Intrusion Testing project we were called to perform on a home which is in the escrow process. Apparently, during the home inspection process water stains were discovered around the drywall. What makes this an interesting test, was that the window was in fact a stationary or fixed assembly. In other words, it does not open.
We decided on the ASTM E1105 water test here, administered in the static method. After setting the interior negative air chamber, we commenced with the water onto the specimen.
Not long after the test began, it was abruptly stopped. Reason being, was that the window leaked from the frame assembly, not the glass as suspected by the owner.
Moisture Intrusion Testing Results
To be clear, we performed no destructive testing as with other tests like the ASTM 2128 or the AAMA511-08. The home owners and their contractor felt that the results were enough to warrant a window replacement.
For an independent their part testing company, MAZZA can help. For homes in Santa Clarita which need Water Intrusion Testing call 661-904-1895 or 310-893-9300. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org