FLIR Thermal Imaging Technology
Advanced Building Diagnostics
Hurricane/Flood Water Intrusion Leaking Pipes HVAC or other type water damage and Moisture intrusion
faced by most home and property owners is that moisture behind walls, over ceilings, and under floors is often impossible
to detect until the problem is excessive and visible to the naked eye. Since the investigation and removal of infestations
of not yet visible mold in structures is often difficult, technology is now being used to do what once was impossible. Locate
and pinpoint hidden water intrusion and leaks with non-destructive thermal technology. Immediate documentation of water damaged
structures, plumbing and building envelope water leakage, post -flood and energy use inefficiency. According to the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency, there is no practical way to eliminate mold spores in an indoor environment. The best way to control mold
growth is to control moisture. Mold can begin growth in as little as 24 hours. Roof leaks and water pipe leaks are common
sources of water accumulation that may cause mold growth. A mold problem is a moisture problem, so when thermal technology
is used to find moisture, and it actually finds moisture, it becomes possible to prevent mold and rot from taking hold or
to remove the mold that actually grows.
The thermal image (left) clearly shows a leaking bedroom ceiling
(visible, right). The leak was assumed by the owner to originate in an upstairs marble-paneled bathroom in the $3 million
home. The estimated cost to rip out and replace the marble to access the plumbing was estimated at $80,000! Further IR investigation
absolved the bathroom and traced the source of the leak to a clogged weep hole under the threshold of a door leading to an
This thermal image of vinyl-sided 3-floor apartment house clearly shows the path of a serious
leak from a washing machine on the third floor, which is completely hidden within the wall.
Imaging Technology can be used:
can trigger asthma and other serious Health problems -- but it's also risky to your financial health. If you are buying
a HOUSE, that has had ANY WATER problems, get it inspected for MOLD.
- After any water
damage event like a Hurricane, flood, broken water lines, equipment failure, roof leaks, etc.
- Before warranty expiration on new construction, to find construction defects. (It pays to make sure before warranty
- Before acquiring real estate suspected of having
hidden moisture damage. (Don't believe the story about the house has been vacant and closed up. Musty odors are caused
- Documentation of as-built or post-restoration
- Plumbing and building envelope water leakage.
- When doors, windows, or other openings in the structure are suspected of leaking.
- When performing an energy audit of the building to determine areas of infiltration
- To determine adequacy of insulation. Wet
insulation is a poor insulator but is a great conductor of heat.
inspection of the roof can determine potential for water intrusion from roof leaks.
- Locating hidden leakage and/or dampness under resilient flooring.
- Locating wet areas in non-accessible crawlspaces
Charles Perry: Member of the Mortgage Bankers
Association's Mold Task Force says! "Homebuyers can protect themselves from future financial disasters, whether they're
building a new home or buying an older one. For existing homes, homebuyers should get a mold inspection.” And as for
new homes, Perry says, "Homebuyers should make sure the builder is using mold-resistant dry wall and other materials
that keep mold from spreading."