Bellingham, WA. (September 8, 2020) – In conventional roof assemblies, the membrane is installed over an electrically insulating material, such as a coverboard. As a result, the electrical path for Electronic Leak Detection (ELD) testing is interrupted which invalidates the test. “This situation can only be remedied by placing a conductive medium directly under the membrane. TruGround Conductive Primer provides the electrical ground return path, enabling reliable and conclusive ELD testing,” said David Vokey, P. Eng, President at Detec Systems.
Positive Customer Impact
“Applying the TruGround is significantly faster and easier to deal with than the wire mesh. All you have to do is apply the TruGround and then you just keep going. The ELD testing was quick and easy to coordinate. Overall, anytime leak detection is specified, I will push for the TruGround primer. It’s an easy decision.” Jake Avila., Project Manager, Flynn.
TruGround Conductive Primer and Electronic Leak Detection (ELD)
In April 2020, Carlisle announced its collaboration with Detec Systems offering the single-ply industry’s first Factory Mutual (FM) rated roof assemblies that include Detec’s TruGround conductive primer. TruGround is a revolutionary, electrically conductive liquid primer that enables effective ELD quality control testing of conventional roofing membranes, including black EPDM (ASTM D8231-19).
“TruGround Conductive Primer provides the electrical ground return path, enabling reliable and conclusive ELD testing,”
David Vokey, P. Eng,
President at Detec Systems
Effective immediately, Carlisle SynTec has begun stocking and selling the TruGround Conductive Primer. This allows TruGround to ship with the rest of the project materials on one truck to reduce shipping costs and project delays. TruGround can be included in Carlisle Total System Warranties when used in an approved assembly. To date, TruGround is included in over 10,000 Carlisle FM assemblies. It is suitable for fully adhered, mechanically attached, torch-down, fluid applied and loosely laid membranes.
TruGround is available in 5-gallon pails and is typically applied to the top layer of coverboard, directly below the membrane. Once dry, the required bonding adhesives would be applied, followed by the membrane. The membrane can now be electronically tested for its entire life.
Founded in 2003, Detec Systems is the technical leader in the field of Electronic Leak Detection quality control testing and automated structure monitoring for the roofing and waterproofing industry. Providing unparalleled risk mitigation for property owners and their development teams, Detec is committed to improve the sustainability of buildings through professional structure monitoring services and roof membrane scanning technology.
Detec continues to provide value during construction and throughout the life of the building, benefiting facilities managers, owners and building occupants by identifying moisture intrusion events before they become costly repairs. These products and systems offer a level of quality assurance and peace of mind that remains unequaled in today’s electronic leak detection industry. Providing early-warning of moisture intrusion, Detec benefits all stakeholders throughout the construction phase, including developers, design professionals, consultants, contractors, and insurers.
More information on TruGround Conductive Primer and Electronic Leak Detection is available at Detec Systems: www.detecsystems.com.