Moisture Detection and Origin Analysis

Using infrared thermography along with moisture meters and other testing equipment, it is pretty easy nowadays to locate areas that may be wet or damp quickly and cost-effectively, which are not visible to the naked eye.  

For example, a basement that has flooded may appear to be dry after air-movers have been used, but unless the proper number of air-movers were used, along with the placement of them, AND use of properly-sized dehumidifiers, the moisture that was once present on the floor may remain behind the drywall and within other fibrous materials where it can remain hidden for days, weeks, or even months, until mold and/or mildew begins to form. 

With infrared analysis, we can quickly and easily see if, in fact, the moisture has been eliminated, saving thousands in potential repair costs associated with drywall replacement, mold and mildew remediation, etc.

Thermal image of wet basement wallWhile an infrared camera does not specifically detect moisture itself, it does detect differences in temperature.  When a material becomes wet and saturated with water, its temperature will be cooler than the surrounding areas because water takes longer to warm up than say, wood or drywall.  In order to verify that what the IR camera is seeing is, in fact, moisture, we use a moisture meter or moisture probe to make sure.

When IR is used during the initial inspection for water damage, the damaged areas can be quickly determined and marked for replacement, if needed, potentially saving hundreds or thousands of dollars in unneeded repair and replacement costs for materials and labor.  Before you rip out all the drywall you THINK is damaged, call us to see if it is really necessary!