Finding and identifying the source of water damage can be a bit tricky. Water always travels the path of least resistance, which means water coming from an upstairs bathroom might show up along a wall in your living room. Or perhaps there is a roof leak, and water is entering your ceiling and travelling to the lowest point, often a light fixture or pooling in an area near the wall.
Thermal imaging using infrared cameras can help spot damp spots in a floor, ceiling or wall, and can also help restoration professionals track down the source of the water, making it easier to solve water damage mysteries. It can be a powerful tool that can spot hidden water damage before extensive damage occurs.
How Does it Work?
Infrared cameras show temperature differentials and thermal patterns. The rainbow colored images can help identify cold spots due to drafts or uneven insulation, but can also help to spot moisture as well. Because evaporative moisture cools the surface of nearby materials, water spots are often seen as dark blue spots on an IR camera.
Moisture trapped near the roof can sometimes show as a warm spot, as heat from the roof causes the temperature of the water to rise. Because there are many variables involved, only a skilled technician should use and interpret the thermal images from an IR camera.
When Should IR Cameras Be Used?
IR cameras can be used to detect moisture issues before physical damage or mold is evident. They can also be used to determine the extent of damage by locating moisture pockets in drywall, ceilings, flooring, and other building materials and by tracking the moisture back to the source of the water. Used in combination with a moisture meter, an IR camera can be an effective tool for finding areas of water damage quickly and without demolition.
While IR cameras can be useful for locating hidden pockets of moisture in your home, it is just one of many tools a water damage restoration professional can use. Moisture meters should be used in combination with IR cameras to confirm the presence of water.
Benefits of Using an IR Camera to Locate Water Damage
While IR cameras do not detect moisture, they do measure temperate differentials that may be the result of water damage. There are several benefits of using an IR camera that can help speed up the restoration process and reduce your losses.
After water damage, and IR camera can help identify all the affected areas, allowing cleanup and restoration efforts to be more precise. This means the cleanup and drying process can begin sooner, reducing the possibility for mold growth. Generally, the faster cleanup and restoration occurs, the lesser the damages.
Thermal imaging through the use of infrared cameras is just one way the professional team at Regent Restoration locates and identifies water damage in your home. If you suspect a water damage problem in your home, contact us today.
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