Edmonton Leak Inspection, December 2013

This report covers a leak inspection and repair carried out by GRS to one of our commercial client's metal roof system. We had to look through insulation and drain away some collected water from the ceiling. Inspection: December 21, 2013 We isolated the leaks to the southwest (about 20') and east (40' - 50') corners of the upper roof near the gutter systems. There was ice and snow buildup that had to be cleared away before a rooftop investigation could continue, so it was dealt with and we confirmed some potential areas for water ingress. The team also removed insulation from the ceiling one piece of plywood from the wall to inspect the area underneath the gutters. Findings: There was a great deal of moisture on the back of metal roof panels (that even poured out a bit when insulation was removed. The standing seam was wet to the touch (on the interior) and nearly dripping. This was likely caused by the amount of ice overfilling the gutter by 2" or more. There is also a possibility that the downpipe and gutter connection is leaking. In cases such as this, it could be that water freezes in the pipe, creeps over the connection, and seeps into the walls when it thaws out. Both of the leaks reported seem to stem from the same cause, which leaves us hopeful that repairs can be made to one location and prevent the problems in two. We advised the client of these possibilities, but informed them that there may be a few attempts made over the course of the season, considering the existing ice makes for difficulties in the repair attempts. For the time being, snow can be removed from the building's roof and EDM applied to the potential problem sites as a temporary fix to tide the client over until warmer weather arrives. image-1 image image-13 image-12 image-11 image-10 image-9 image-8 image-7 image-6 image-5 image-4 image-3 image-2 < End Report > CODE: 5611 Contact Us Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.    

Edmonton EPDM Roof Recovery, July 2012

Below you will find the report for an EPDM re-roofing effort GRS undertook for one of our Edmonton clients. Their existing tar and gravel roof is in need of some work, so we quoted cost for repair, replacement, and recovering services before the client elected to recover the existing roof with EPDM. Our office thought it would be best to establish the scope of the work and inform the customer of what we intended to do at their location. Below is a summary of the correspondence from our team that outlines the project details. Project Scope, July 3, 2012: We will first order the engineered insulation package for the project, and the arrival of this will (in large) determine the effective start date. The best estimate for now is that we can begin late next week (July 11-13), but we promised to keep the client in-the-know if any updates were to come about. The client's on-site contact will be instructed to put a "walk in" bin on street (to allow for us to wheel in wheelbarrows of gravel from the street level); if there are any issues with that he'll let you or I know. We promised to put down sheathing that would safely allow wheelbarrows to be repeatedly rolled across the grass without damaging the property. Another member of the project team will contact the client with respect to colour swatch and choice for metal. They will be advised to keeping the face as low profile as possible, considering the raised elevation view due to sloped insulation raising the parapet. The roofers will be advised that we will be doing an EPDM recovery (removal of gravel first leaving the existing assembly), taking core samples to ensure insulation is dry, and that we are building up parapets to allow for sloped insulation. Finally, the job will require the removal of the flashing around the chimney and possibly require a re-flash (to be evaluated at the appropriate time). Materials:
  • (2) Spud bars.
  • Saws-all.
  • Cordless drill, charger, & extra battery.
  • (2) Push brooms.
  • Trowels.
  • WD-40.
  • (4) High Build 200.
  • (3) Jute mesh.
  • (2) Plastic cement.
  • (6) 6" rolls scrim.
  • (4) 4' rolls scrim.
  • Mastic.
  • Bag of calcium.
  • 5 Gallons of Varsol/Mineral spirits.
  • (2) Rolls duct tape.
Field Report, August 13 2012: The crew met with the two new members, and began working on gravel removal from the roof. First, gravel was shovelled into easily-managed lines on the roof, and was then loaded into the smaller buckets. The buckets were brought to the edge of the roof, lowered to ground level, and put into the wheelbarrow. One member would ferry the gravel into the disposal bin and return for the next load. Once the gravel was removed, existing nail holes in the flashing were filled with caulking to make a watertight seal while the rest of the crew cleaned up the site for the day. IMG_1421 IMG_1422 IMG_1423 IMG_1424 IMG_1430 IMG_1432 IMG_1433 IMG_1434 IMG_1435 IMG_1436 IMG_1437 IMG_1438 IMG_1439 IMG_1441 Field Report, August 14 2012: Prior to arriving at the worksite, our team went to the local shop to procure supplies needed for the day. The first store did not have everything necessary, so a detour was made to ensure that the remaining materials were purchased and brought to the client's residence. They began preparing the roof for the day's work when the weather conditions rolled in that would've made the work perilous. The crew left the site for the day. NOTE: The in-progress field reports will be inserted here as content is moved over from the old system. This will cover the EPDM installation, re-sloping, and other site details. - Please accept our apologies for the temporary omission! Field Report, September 11 2012: Today, the crew installed two scupper drains on the south-facing parapet of the roof. This will accommodate for better water drainage and lengthen the life of the newly-installed system. New sheet metal was installed to the parapet, as well as the drop-drain near the garage with a downpipe. photo (38) photo (39)-1 photo (39) photo (40) photo (41) photo (42) photo (43) photo (44) photo (45) photo (46) photo (47) photo (49) photo (50) photo (51) photo (52) photo (53) Field Report, September 12 2012: The GRS team finished up the job, by installing two new caps for the vents, two new caps for the scuppers, and the two downpipes for the scuppers installed the day before. Everything is clean, level, and to GRS' exacting standards for project success. photo (54) photo (55)photo (65) photo (64) photo (63) photo (62) photo (61) photo (60) photo (59) photo (58) photo (57) < End Report > CODE: 9528 Contact Us Call our 24 hour emergency roof repair at 1.780.424.7663. Mail to: 3428 99 Street NW Edmonton, Alberta T6E-5X5. We service all of Alberta including Edmonton, Stony Plain, Spruce Grove, Fort Saskatchewan, St Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Nisku, Beaumont, Lac La Biche, Grande Prairie, High Level, Westlock, Slave Lake, Edson, Drayton Valley, Devon, Camrose, Wetaskiwin, Tofield, Lamont, Morinville, Vegreville, Tofield, Millet, Calmar, Evansburg, Redwater, Onaway, Viking, Athabasca, High Prairie, Valleyview, Fairview, Peace River, Whitecourt, Mayerthorpe and many more rural areas and towns.