Thermal Imaging & Moisture Detection
Thermal imaging is a technological process that uses infrared technology to locate hidden moisture in building materials. We’re not talking about the moisture on your shower floor or in your kitchen sink. We mean the damp that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Water damage can cause all kinds of problems. Under normal conditions, water is naturally colder than the surrounding materials in a building. The thermal camera uses heat readings to locate where the moisture is in the structure. This is achieved without any damage to the walls or other structural materials. This technology will help you maintain a safe structure and avoid mold growth, which is harmful to one’s health. It does take proper training to learn how to decipher the readings on a thermal scale, as there are many factors that can affect the actual reading, so it’s best to hire a professional.
Whether you’re currently a homeowner or looking for a house, these inspections can pinpoint exactly where the water damage is. So, the drying equipment can be directed at the exact source, allowing us to dry the building faster and more efficiently. Mildew and mold are encouraged to grow if an area isn’t dried properly. These unwanted fungi are dangerous to you and your family’s health.
Thermal imaging can also help with finding leaky duct work, roof leaks, or small pipe leaks inside the walls. Shower pan leaks are very common and can be determined with a thermal inspection. By identifying leaks, you will reduce the risk of water damage. You will also retain more water, so your next utility bill will be lower.
In the photos, the areas which show in blue are the areas which contain moisture. The red and yellow areas indicate that these areas are dry. This type of imaging is also used during the course of a water damage restoration to increase the effectiveness of the equipment placement, and along with other equipment readings, to determine that the structure is fully dry.