Standard Practice for Moisture Surveying of Roofing and Waterproofing Systems Using Nondestructive Electrical Impedance Scanners (Includes all amendments and changes 2/5/2021).Translate name
STANDARD published on 1.2.2021
Designation standards: ASTM D7954/D7954M-15a(2021)
Publication date standards: 1.2.2021
The number of pages: 8
Approximate weight : 24 g (0.05 lbs)
Country: American technical standard
Category: Technical standards ASTM
core sample, detection, impedance, moisture content, moisture detection, moisture scanner, nonconductive, nondestructive, roofing system, scanner, waterproofing,, ICS Number Code 91.060.20 (Roofs),91.100.60 (Thermal and sound insulating materials)
|Significance and Use|
5.1ï¿½Excess moisture trapped in roofing or waterproofing systems can adversely affect performance and lead to premature failure of roofing or waterproofing systems and its components. It also reduces thermal resistance, resulting in reduced energy efficiency and inflated energy costs. Impedance scans can be effective in identifying concealed and entrapped moisture within roofing or waterproofing systems.
5.2ï¿½This practice is intended to be used at various stages of the roofing and waterproofing systemâ€™s life such as: during or at completion of installation of roofing or waterproofing system to determine if there was moisture intrusion into the roofing or waterproofing system or underlying materials; at regular intervals as part of a preventative maintenance program; and to aid in condition assessment, or before replacement or repair work, or combinations thereof, to assist in determining the extent of work and replacement materials.
5.3ï¿½This practice alone does not determine the cause of moisture infiltration into roofing or waterproofing systems; however, it can be used to help tracing excess moisture to the point of ingress.
1.1ï¿½This practice applies to techniques that use nondestructive electrical impedance (EI) scanners to locate moisture and evaluate the comparitive moisture content within insulated low-slope roofing and waterproofing systems.
1.2ï¿½This practice is applicable to roofing and waterproofing systems wherein insulation is placed above the deck and positioned underneath and in contact with electrically nonconductive single-ply or built-up roofing and waterproofing membranes and systems such as coal tar, asphalt, modified bitumen, thermoplastics, spray polyurethane foam, and similar electrically nonconductive membrane materials. This practice is also applicable to roofing and waterproofing systems without insulation placed above moisture absorbing decks such as wood, concrete, or gypsum, that are in contact with single-ply or built-up roofing and waterproofing membranes as described above.
1.3ï¿½This practice is applicable to roofing and waterproofing systems incorporating electrically nonconductive rigid board insulation made from materials such as organic fibers, perlite, cork, fiberglass, wood-fiber, polyisocyanurate, polystyrene, phenolic foam, composite boards, gypsum substrate boards, and other electrically nonconductive roofing and waterproofing systems such as spray-applied polyurethane foam.
1.4ï¿½This practice is not appropriate for all combinations of materials used in roofing and waterproofing systems.
1.4.1ï¿½Metal and other electrically conductive surface coverings and near-surface embedded metallic components are not suitable for surveying with impedance scanners because of the electrical conductivity of these materials.
1.4.2ï¿½This practice is not appropriate for use with black EPDM, any membranes containing black EPDM, or black EPDM coatings because black EPDM gives false positive readings.
1.4.3ï¿½Aluminum foil on top-faced insulation, roofing, or waterproofing membranes gives a false positive reading and is not suitable for surveying with impedance scanners; however, liquid-applied aluminum pigmented emulsified asphalt-based coatings shall not normally affect impedance scanner readings.
1.4.4ï¿½See for some cautionary notes on roofing anomalies and limitations that affect the impedance test practice.
1.5ï¿½Moisture scanners using impedance-based technology are classified as EI scanners.
Note 1:ï¿½The term capacitance is sometimes used when describing impedance scanners. Capacitance scanners are purely capacitive as they do not have a resistive component. Impedance scanners combine both capacitance and resistance for testing; thus, they are well suited to the measurement of different types of materials and constructions found in roofing and waterproofing systems as the combination of both components allows for a more versatile testing, calibration, and measurement arrangement.
1.6ï¿½This practice also addresses necessary verification of impedance data involving invasive test procedures using core samples.
1.7ï¿½This practice addresses two generally accepted scanning techniques for conducting moisture surveys using electrical impedance scanners:
1.7.1ï¿½Technique Aâ€”Continuous systematic scanning and recording (see ), and
1.7.2ï¿½Technique Bâ€”Grid format scanning and recording (see ).
1.8ï¿½This practice addresses some meteorological conditions and limitations for performing impedance inspections.
1.9ï¿½This practice addresses the effect of the roofing or waterproofing construction, material differences, and exterior surface conditions on the moisture inspections.
1.10ï¿½This practice addresses operating procedures, operator qualifications, operating methods, scanning, surveying, and recording techniques.
1.11ï¿½Unitsâ€”The values stated in either SI units or inch-pound units are to be regarded separately as standard. The values stated in each system may not be exact equivalents; therefore, each system shall be used independently of the other. Combining values from the two systems may result in nonconformance with the standard.
1.12ï¿½This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Caution should be taken when accessing, walking, or using scanning equipment on the roofing or waterproofing surfaces, or elevated locations, when using ladders, and when raising and lowering equipment to elevated locations.
1.13ï¿½This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.
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