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No Scaffolding Rooftop Leak Detection - Leak Detection

After hearing about our leak detection abilities on another project, our client approached us to investigate a leak which has been present in the roof of their property for quite some time. A number of other companies and contractors had been called in to address the issue, but none of them had been able to resolve it. 

Through the use of portable anchor points, we were able to easily gain access to the roof without disturbing the property's residence!

The Project

No Scaffolding Rooftop Leak Detection

Leak Detection

  • Location:Swiss Cottage
  • Client:Residential Property Manager
  • Project Duration:One Day
  • Substrate:Roof
  • Access Method:Abseiling

The Site

The site, a residential property designed by a famous architect, was not only difficult to navigate—composed of obscure angles and unusual features—but it also needed to remain undamaged, due to its cultural significance and the specific requirements of our client.

The Logistics

There were several logistical balls our team needed to juggle when meeting all of the requirements outlined for this job: we had to cause minimal disturbance, leave no lasting impact on the property and remain cost-efficient for our client all while scaling an unusually designed property and detecting a hard-to-find leak.

Scaffolding may have made navigating the unusual face of the building easier, but it would have also been expensive and time-consuming; what’s more, scaffolding is an undeniable eyesore, a fact that would have been particularly unpleasant for the local residents.

Instead, our team chose to make use of their IRATA training and set up a series of anchor points to abseil the building. Of course, many anchoring techniques require drilling holes into a surface, which, in this case, would have worked against one of our client's requirements. That’s why we instead implemented portable anchors, which allowed us to safely and efficiently abseil the building, detecting the leaks and gathering the information for a full service report without leaving any lasting impact.

+plus point

Eliminating the need for scaffolding, utilising abseiling significantly reduces access costs for our clients!

No Scaffolding Rooftop Leak Detection
Case Study

Leak Detection with Freestanding Abseiling Anchors

After holding an initial consultation with our client, we jumped into action carrying out a full safety assessment for the job ahead, including the inspection of our portable anchors prior to usage. The building’s geometry presented some unique challenges, but thanks to their IRATA training, our team was confident in their ability to abseil the building safely, efficiently and to the client’s exact specifications.

After holding an initial consultation with our client, we jumped into action carrying out a full safety assessment for the job ahead, including the inspection of our portable anchors prior to usage. The building’s geometry presented some unique challenges, but thanks to their IRATA training, our team was confident in their ability to abseil the building safely, efficiently and to the client’s exact specifications.

All of our experts are trained by IRATA (Industrial Rope Access Trade Association), the lead authority in industrial rope access. When it comes to ensuring that your tradesperson follows industry-leading rope operating procedure, there’s nothing that carries the same weight as the IRATA seal of approval. That’s why we enroll each member of our team in a IRATA training course: it’s the only way that, in situations like these, we can ensure our team follows proper procedure and gets the best possible results for our client.

Once the portable anchors were attached to the roof, our team was able to descend with ease, systematically assessing the roof for any sign of leaks. Sure enough, we spotted several points of concern on the roof which seemed to be causing our client’s issues, including some spots in-need of urgent repairs. We documented our inspection thoroughly with high-quality photographs, carried out the much-needed building repairs and, upon returning to the ground, debriefed our client with a full post-service leak detection report.

+plus point
Our team of abseilers are IRATA trained, enabling them to work safely at any height!

Committed To Finding The Best Solution For Our Clients!

 With this job, our team perfectly demonstrated their IRATA training and extensive experience with portable anchors to carry out a safe and efficient rope access roof inspection. We identified the issues, tackled any urgent repairs and provided our client with a full report detailing all possible leaks, suggested maintenance work going forward and a catalogue of relevant photographs.

In this job, we expertly navigated our client’s specific requirements to carry out leak detection and building repairs efficiently, unobtrusively and without damaging the exterior of the building. Furthermore, not only was our client unprepared to pay unnecessary amounts of money for the job, we didn’t want to present them with a sizable bill when cost-effective alternatives exist.

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