Can Infrared Find Mold In Your Home?

Mold damage (image credit flickr:  Remy Sharp’ve all heard about the dangers of mold and how mold can cause serious health problems, including allergic reactions, high toxins in the body, and more. As a result, all kinds of consultants and experts claim to be able to find mold, but that’s not the issue. Mold is caused by moisture and one of the best tools for finding moisture is an infrared camera.

The idea behind infrared – that is isolating and detecting temperature differences – is ideal for finding unwanted moisture because materials that retain moisture are cooler than things that are dry.

Whether that moisture leads to mold or not is an entirely different question and any expert that tells you they can find mold with an infrared camera is lying. Infrared technology can be used to find moisture, but it cannot tell you whether that moisture has caused a mold problem.

Why Mold Grows in Homes

Mold is a natural part of our environment. Out-of-doors, it plays a critical role in breaking down organic matter such as dead trees, leaves, and other previously living things. Indoors, however, mold should be avoided.

The key to mold control is controlling the moisture in your home. Even the most well maintained house can have mold issues. Mold is a living thing and only requires the right environment to germinate and create spores for reproduction.

Where Mold Hides in Your Home

If the conditions of your home are hospitable to mold, the chances are you will have it.

  • Behind wall paper
  • Under carpet
  • Refrigerator and dishwasher drip pans
  • Window sashes and seals
  • Air conditioners
  • Walls and along baseboards
  • and many more

One thing you’ll find in common with were mold grows – it often grows in hidden spaces.

How Infrared finds Mold

As we mentioned before, infrared home inspections can’t specifically find mold, but the use of the infrared camera can find unwanted moisture issues that may or may not lead to mold. Sometimes, the mold is easily visible, but other times, like then the moisture is in the walls secure behind pretty wallpaper, it will be harder to find without partially destroying your home. That’s where the value of infrared really matters.

An infrared home inspection can reveal those places in your home where moisture is lurking, silently and invisibly, with temperature measurements.

When comparing the temperature readings of your walls, ceilings, stairways, etc., we can find detect significant temperature differences that could encourage mold growth. Once isolated, you can take proper action to rid your home of mold.

Infrared cameras and infrared home inspections are powerful tools in the fight against harmful mold. Many homeowners and buyers have suffered damage and failed to make the repairs to their home that will stop the growth of mold simply because they treated the symptoms with clean up measures but failed to detect and repair the moisture problem. Don’t make that mistake with your home. If you have a mold problem, or suspect a mold problem, call an infrared home inspector before you call a mold clean up team or you’ll be calling that clean up team over and over again.

Andrew MacDonald has been performing infrared home inspections in Elgin, Algonquin, St. Charles, and surrounding towns for over a decade. When you suspect mold issues in your home or in one you are considering buying, call Andrew today today and he’ll tell you how he can help.

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