Locating water penetration locations using aerial drones

A leaking roof can be one of the most infuriating issues that a home owner can have.

A leaking roof can be either a costly repair job or an exhausting process of simply trying to find the cause of the leak.

A loose tile or cracked slate at the top of the roof can be the cause for damaging your property at a completely different location. A damaged chimney stack can cause a build up of damp in your living room two stories below.

There was a time when fixing these issues relied on either blind luck or a competent roofer who had seen it all before. There is now however a third option that is both faster, more reliable and is supported with visual evidence. UAV Drones equipped with state of the art thermal imaging technology may sound like science fiction but the use of aerial drones to conduct leaking roof traces and detection is fast becoming the norm.

Why you can trust Balmore Inspection Services

At Balmore, we are equipped with a fleet of commercial grade aerial drones that we can use to conduct a full range of drone services. From building inspection to full roof inspection and surveys.

thermal imaging roof survey
A therma imaging roof inspection can spot water penetration and leaks that the naked eye simply can’t see.

Roof Inspection Case Study

An office building in Edinburgh had, for years suffered from water penetration in their roof that was causing dampness in the office walls that ran from the corner of the board room on the first floor all the way down to the front office on the ground floor. The damp had caused paint to flake off, plaster to crack and the wooden floor to begin rotting away. THREE different Edinburgh based roofers had been called out to find and fix the issue at this office property in the centre of Edinburgh. The first roofer promised them that it was just some loose slates and charged for a days labour refitting slate tiles. The second roofer was 100% confident that it was the lead flashing around the chimney of the historic Edinburgh office building that was the issue. So this was replaced – yet still the issue persisted. The third roofer was confident that it was simply the pointing of the wall that was allowing water to enter. So the back of the property was re-pointed. And still the issue remained.

Through a recommendation from an existing happy client who had used our drone survey services, we were hired to conduct an aerial roof inspection. We arrived at the Edinburgh office address and performed a full aerial inspection of the property using our 4K HD video capturing camera and thermal imaging camera. Our fully insured drone pilot was able to cover vantage points that are simply not possible any other way and was able to show the customer in real time, a complete aerial view of the roof. And most importantly of all, was able to locate and highlight the exact reason for the leak in the Office buildings roof.

As part of The Balmore Group of Scotland, we were able to pass this information onto our sister division Balmore Specialist Contracts, a roofing repairs and building repairs firm.

We were able to offer a complete survey, inspection and repair service for the customer which, thanks to our aerial roof leak detection survey, knew exactly what the issue was and what we needed to do to fix it.

Six months later, we received a call from the client who was delighted to report that the issue had indeed been fixed and there were no new signs of any water penetrating the office building. If only they had known about drone roof inspections.


If you have a leaking roof (either as a residential or commercial property owner) where the cause of the leak cannot be found then call Balmore Aerial Services today. Our roof inspection and survey services can be used for both residential and commercial clients across Scotland and North England.

If you would like more information, simply call us today at our Glasgow Head Office on 0141 370 4037