Southern Coastal, Mid-Atlantic Regions


Destructive Testing - Measuring & Evaluating

Destructive Testing Purpose

The purpose of invasive or destructive testing is to determine the existence, extent and source of obstructed or hidden structural damage. In addition, this process of assessment may result in service-life projection; detect design weaknesses and or reveal materials that are substandard, inappropriate for specific use, or which fail to meet architectural and engineering standards and specification. In some circumstances, improper or inferior installation and application techniques may be determined as the primary source of structural failure.

Visual Consulting Destructive Testing Processes

Tests are carried out to determine and understand a specimen's structural performance or material behavior under different situations or loads. These tests are generally much easier to carry out, yield more information, and are easier to interpret than non invasive assessments.

When destructive testing is necessary, limited portions of structural surfaces are removed for assessment. Typical surface examples are exterior siding, brick, drywall, ceramic tile, stone and other veneer surfaces; shingles, footers and various foundation components. When testing is completed, appropriate repairs are made within the defined scope of work.

The most common structural failures are associated with water intrusion and foundation system deficiencies. All destructive testing is a “one step at a time” assessment. At the completion of this process, the disturbed area is secured, repaired, and or returned to its’ original condition based on a predetermined scope of work agreement.

Coastal areas are well known for moisture challenges. Old sayings like, “water seeks a dry place”, “brick is a wick for water”, and “it all runs down hill”, are expressions based on factors that bring water and moisture into our everyday living. The problem is - water and moisture are not friends to your structure. Using the latest technology, we can test for moisture levels in wood, plaster, concrete, gypsum, paint and EFIS.

In addition, Visual Consulting, LLC can test for some gas leaks and radon gas. The use of video bore-scope equipment allows access to some locations often reducing the need for destructive testing.
Confirmation of thermal resistant coatings on windows (Low E glass testing), in new construction can be beneficial in truly understanding energy efficiency. Eliminating the nagging question of mold in drywall and crawl spaces can improve the daily living environment for families.

  • Destructive Testing to investigate & report on a termite infestation

  • Destructive investigation for construction defects & infestation and measuring moisture content of areas exposed to water intrusion.