ASET Services offers
facilities, architects, and insurance companies an independent source
for sports surface inspections. ASET has
provided inspections to estimate the extent of damage and the area to
be replaced. ASET Services has also conducted inspections that served
as the basis for expert opinions during litigation related to the
performance of sports surfaces.
The following sections are some examples of the inspection services offered by ASET.
Standard Inspection Services
ASET Services records the environmental conditions at every
facility it visits. This includes ambient air temperature, surface
temperature and relative humidity. ASET also records the equilibrium
moisture content of any accessible wood components.
In the event that moisture within the system is a concern, ASET has developed a computer program that uses the actual temperature and relative humidity of the facility to compute the theoretical equilibrium moisture content of wood components. This allows ASET to more accurately determine if moisture problems exist.
If a wood floor has experienced major changes in moisture content,
the wood strips of the playing surface are often cupped or crowned. The
presence and extent of cupping and crowing can be related to both
environmental and improper installation procedures.
ASET offers visual inspections for signs of cupping and crowning and will also obtain measurements of the magnitude of cupping and crowning.
Virtually every sports surface specification in North American
includes a flatness tolerance for the supporting slab. Slabs that
exceed this tolerance can contribute to real and perceived dead-spots.
While it is impossible to determine the flatness of the slab after a wood floor is installed, ASET can perform a flatness inspection using the actual playing surface. This provides an initial non-destructive indication of whether or not the installation specification was followed. Inspection of the flatness of the actual slab are rarely performed due to the damage that would be necessary to provide access to the slab.
Moisture inspections include a broad range of applications. They
involve any situation where moisture is thought to be the cause of
problems with a sport surface. In the case of wood flooring, this may
involve measuring the width of individual boards and expansion rows,
and if possible the vapor emission rate of the concrete. In the event
of a synthetic floor, these inspections generally involve only the
moisture of the underlying slab.