• Ron Davidson

Why infrared thermal imaging inspections?

It’s no secret that water is the number one enemy of your homes, whether it's a driving rain, leaking roof or wet basement from misdirected surface water. If detection is not identified early and addressed with appropriate actions, rain damage can lead to many problems including mould and structural damage.

Moisture detection is the starting point before mechanical damage starts to occur. The problem is moisture is usually not something you can see. It hides behind walls, ceilings and floors building up over time and eventually showing its ugly head when it is costly to repair.

If you are a home buyer, it's good to find these hidden costs to understand what you are getting into or at least know what the expense is going to cost you to repair. In extreme cases, it's best to move on to the next house. If you are the homeowner, detecting excessive moisture early means making a repair before it becomes a major issue or at least budgeting for a project so it doesn't hit your finances at the wrong time.

Finding the moisture requires a few special digital tools and some expertise to locate these moist areas as they can be difficult to find and locate in the many square feet of your home. These tools include an infrared thermal imaging device to locate the problem. With moisture, a darker colour appears on the colour spectrum. A digital moisture meter in the located area then indicates the percent of moisture present on drywall, concrete and wood surfaces underneath.

Thermal imaging inspections are performed as a moisture screening process in general areas. They are typically done in conjunction with an inspection and can also be used to indicate insulation issues that are hidden from the naked eye. They show where insulation is missing or has fallen down behind the walls.

It's worth every penny to spend a fraction of the cost of your home and have a complete that inspection specifically looks for moisture areas before they turn into big expenses. Technology really counts when you are looking for a qualified home inspector.

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