When moisture lingers undetected in your home, you could end up with expensive damage and even potential health hazards down the line. There's some good news, however. One of the most exciting innovations in construction and home inspection technology is the use of infrared radiation (IR) thermography to detect potential moisture issues that aren't always visible to the naked eye.
What exactly is infrared technology?
Infrared thermography refers to the use of a special thermal camera that is able to measure even very small variances in temperature. The temperature differences are visually indicated through the camera by color. "Hot spots" appear red on the display, and "cold spots" are blue.
Why is moisture in the home such a serious issue?
Moisture that is allowed to accumulate unchecked can lead to mold. Mold infestation can cause costly damage and pose a health risk to inhabitants. When moisture is present, it's often in hard-to-access areas where you can't easily see it. Water and moisture can be present inside walls, attics, basements and crawlspaces. The area underneath your vinyl siding could be wet, or there could be moisture in your home's insulation.
Infrared technology to the rescue
Infrared thermology can be used to pinpoint areas of moisture accumulation in your home without requiring you to tear down any walls or strip off your siding. As a result, finding and addressing moisture issues is easier and less stressful. The ability to more accurately identify moisture issues is revolutionizing the way home inspections are performed as well as empowering homeowners and new buyers to be more informed consumers.
What else is infrared technology used for?
In the realm of home inspection, thermal imaging can be used to perform many tasks beyond detecting areas of excess moisture. It can also be used to find electrical hot spots, hidden structural damage and areas of inefficiency in your HVAC system. In addition, infrared technology can be used to identify insect infestations that may otherwise continue unchecked until they cause enough damage to become visible.
Including the use of infrared technology in your home inspection is a non-destructive way to give you a deeper insight into the condition of your home. With a thermal imaging device, an expert can pinpoint potential issues with greater accuracy than relying on traditional inspection methods.
If you're concerned about the moisture level in your home or planning a home inspection, contact Inspect-All Services today. Their experts offer two types of infrared scans — basic or whole-house — so you can get exactly the information you need.