Infrared Leak and Moisture Detection
It is said that there are two kinds of buildings: those that leak and those that will leak. Roofs, walls, windows and other areas that leak water can lead to problems with the structure and possible health concerns. By using proven techniques and tools we can isolate the problem often to a precise location so that surgical repairs can be made saving time, money and inconvenience.Do you suspect, see or smell water damage?
Many years of construction experience have shown that moisture entering the building is one of the most devastating forms of damage to a building system. Our minimally invasive testing process includes thermal imaging and a moisture meter to confirm our findings. If necessary, we will use spray rack and or pressure chamber testing.
MoistureFindIR™is a national network of certified infrared thermographers who are specially trained in moisture investigations for residential and commercial clients.
The thermographers at Sandhills Thermal Imaging have been trained in moisture detection by the industry’s leading experts at United Infrared™, the world’s largest organization of professional thermographers.
We document our findings and provide you with the information you need to solve your moisture problems with:
-Stucco delamination & moisture intrusion
-Window & door flashing issues
-Window & door leaks
-Roof leak detection
-ASTM Standard for water leakage of building walls
-AAMA window testing
What Can MoistureFindIR™ Infrared Thermography Do For You?
MoistureFindIR™ can save you money, time and headaches.
• It is an affordable way to detect and locate moisture problems.
• It saves you money because it can pinpoint problem areas enabling you to repair only the areas that need repairing.
• It provides immediate results and can survey large areas in a very short time.
• It is a comprehensive, non-contact, non-destructive investigative tool that eliminates the need to tear down walls hunting for damage.
• The clear and concise report you will receive is easy-to-understand and can serve as irrefutable proof of moisture damage in court.
We offer two levels of service:
MoistureMapIR™Our thermographer will detect, confirm and map moist locations.
MoistureLocatIR™ Our forensic investigator will locate and map moisture damage to its source.
How it works
An infrared imager can see and measure heat differences in building materials on ceilings, walls and floors. Wet or moist areas and objects will have a different temperature than dry areas due to evaporative cooling, increased conductance or thermal capacitance. Accordingly, the moist areas will appear relatively darker or lighter than the dry areas on an infrared picture enabling us to locate them.
Can infrared cameras detect mold?
No. The true problem isn't mold, its water. Mold is simply a byproduct of water infusion into organic materials. Attention has been directed towards mold inspections because the media emphasizes it, but our experts can direct you to the true problem. Simply cleaning the mold is treating a symptom, but not the cause. If the source of moisture is not located and remediated, the mold may easily return. Mold can begin growing in 24-48 hours in moist conditions, so swift action is called for if you suspect water damage.
What causes moisture problems? Who is at Fault?
The true culprits of moisture damage are design flaws, construction defects and mechanical or plumbing leaks which allow for the intrusion of water. The problem with water is that it deteriorates building components and creates conditions conducive to mold growth. Infrared thermography lends itself particularly well to finding thermal or moisture problems, structural faults and active plumbing leaks within the building. With infrared thermography we can clearly see the damaged areas and show you the source of your moisture problems.
Improperly installed mechanical, electrical and HVAC systems can also be the cause of moisture problems as is construction with wet building materials. Extreme weather conditions such as hurricnase can exacerbate existing problems.
Water can also leak into a building from the roof, usually at joints like skylights, chimneys and eaves. Moisture damage frequently shows up at doors and windows. Faulty installation is usually, but not always, the cause. Many times the area of damage is quite removed from the source. This is because water runs down slope and where it intrudes is often not where it ends up.
Leak detection can be difficult. If you know you have a mystery leak somewhere but have put off repairs, know that there is a solution. Our MoistureLocatIR™ experts have been trained in proper water testing of buildings according to recognized standards. Using calibrated spray racks, we can simulate rainfall even when the sun is out and discover the source of your leak.