You Got Mold? Don’t Know What’s Causing It? Thermal Imaging Can Help Find the Moisture Problem!
One of the problems with mold is it could be present, but there is no visible mold, meaning it is likely growing behind walls or above your ceiling. When cases like this are encountered, the biggest challenge is identifying the source of moisture, which is the cause of the mold problem.
For instance, let’s say you have water stains on your ceiling or wall, then this is a strong indication that you have a moisture intrusion. But what is the cause? If the stain is on the ceiling, it could be a leaky roof. Maybe, but what if the stain is on the basement ceiling? Then, the likely cause could be a plumbing leak. Pinpointing the source of the problem is the primary concern because unless the source of moisture is identified and fixed, then there is no point in proceeding with mold remediation.
Thermal Imaging, also known as Infrared Thermagrophy, are visual displays of the amount of infrared energy emitted, transmitted, and reflected by an object. Thermal imaging uses high tech cameras that create pictures of heat rather than light. Where there is suspected water intrusion, these cameras help find areas that are not clearly visible to the naked eye.
Thermal imaging offers three key benefits.
#1 Moisture Intrusion
As mentioned earlier, the key to mold growth is moisture. Thermal imaging will not detect mold, but it can detect potential moisture or water intrusion behind a wall by detecting the temperature variations behind the wally and identifying the cold spots. Once a cold spot is found, a moisture meter can be used to verify if there is moisture behind the wall. Once the moisture problem is found, it is imperative that it is fixed to prevent further mold growth and poor health.
One of the key benefits offered using this method to identify the moisture problem, is the potential savings in repairing the problem. For instance, if a leaky pipe is identified behind a wall, just the portion of drywall adjacent to the area where the leak is will need to be removed so the plumber can properly fix the leak.
Ultimately, identifying the cause of moisture and fixing it will prevent future mold growth that could impact the structural integrity and value of the home, not to mention the potential health impact that mold has.
#2 Detecting Insufficient or Improperly Installed Insulation
Thermal imaging detects hot/cold spots in walls where insulation could have slouched over time, was incorrectly installed, or where insulation was never installed at all. If you are trying to reduce heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer, this is very important to know.
For new home buyers, a thermal imaging audit, along with a home and mold inspection, is worth the investment because it will determine whether or not there are insulation issues, which could save you costs on heating and cooling in the long term. Not to mention, if such issues are discovered, this will save you many headaches from having to remove drywall and have it installed properly.
#3 Loose or Damaged Electrical Components
Fires are often started by faulty wiring and electrical components in the home. Thermal imaging can identify electrical hot spots which are caused by loose, damaged, or dirty connections which cause heating issues. When this occurs, over time the connections can degrade causing the circuit breaker to trip or fail and eventually start a fire.
Thermal imaging is essential for new and existing home owners because it can detect serious problems that the naked eye can not see, including: plumbing leaks; moisture intrusion; inadequate or non-existent insulation; heating and cooling losses; abnormal heat from an appliance or electrical system; unwanted animals; and poor construction. All of these problems can cause extensive damage to your home.
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— MSZ Restoration (@mszrestoration) September 2, 2015