Water intrusion into building materials can destroy structural integrity and allow mold growth. The first step is often identifying the defect that allowed the moisture to penetrate the building envelope. Thermal imaging allows us to quickly and accurately locate these defects so corrective measures can be taken.
Our inspectors use specialized equipment to instantly determine what's wet and what's dry. This is extremely useful to determine the origin of chronic leaks and moisture problems that are difficult to detect with the naked eye.
Our inspectors scan interior surfaces of your property with the infrared camera to reveal excess moisture due to plumbing leaks, roof leaks, leaks around windows, etc. Wet areas of building materials cool when energy is transferred during the water evaporation process; therefore, a wet ("cooler") area will stand out from the surrounding dry ("warmer") surface.
During conventional building inspections or surveys (for example, without a thermal imaging camera), electronic moisture meters are used to assess moisture in building components. In most cases, the inspector must manually log readings and the readings are only of the area where the meter is placed (contact with surface required). This process can be time consuming and leaves the possibility for error in manually recording readings. This also makes it unlikely that hard to reach areas (high ceilings) will be surveyed.
At Professional Building Inspectors, Inc., our approach uses thermal imaging and data logging moisture detection equipment to assure that we assess all areas and that our findings are defensible. When suspect areas are found they can be visually documented using the infrared camera. Our findings are then verified using data-logging moisture detection equipment with time stamp. This assures that our findings are reproducible if needed (court, etc.).