Last month, we gave our readers tips to prevent water damage in their home. This month, we’re going to tell you how to find that water damage. Why do we care so much about water damage and moisture? Three important reasons:
The first is this: according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) there is no practical way to eliminate mold spores in an indoor environment.
The second is this: according to some excellent estimates, the majority of homeowners with water damage spend between $2,000 and $4,000 for relatively minor water damage.
The third is this: left untreated, moisture – even hidden moisture – develops mold that can cause health and safety issues.
More costly damage occurs when water comes in contact with wood, sheetrock, fabric (think wallpaper), and other biodegradable materials like paper and cardboard used in the construction of your home. The most important aspect of repairing water damage in your home is to find it as early as possible.
How Does Water Transgression Occur?
Water transgression is notoriously difficult to identify until the damage is apparent. By the time it is apparent, the damage is usually excessive. Some of the most common causes of water damage are: leaking roofs, burst pipes, faulty window and door frames, leaking water lines, and leaking toilets. Unless the leak is gushing water – and most do not – the homeowner could live for years with a hidden moisture problem. That is, until a ceiling comes crashing down.
How Infrared Thermography Helps Identifies Water Transgression
An infrared camera is one of the most important tools in a home inspector’s toolbox in particular because of its ability to identify water transgression. Moreover, an infrared inspection detects leaks in areas of the home that are typically not inspected for water issues.
Some of the problems easily identified with an infrared camera that are undetectable by a traditional building inspector include:
Water transgression from moisture leaks due to plumbing issues, roof leaks, and leaking windows that drip into the wood beneath the exterior (visible) surfaces of your home.
Probing roof coverings reveals water intrusion and collected moisture just below the surface, allowing the area of the roof that needs to be repaired be fixed to stop the damage from spreading without having to repair the entire roof in many cases.
Water intrusion into the insulation in the roof, walls, and ceiling surfaces. Water has a high thermal capacity and gives up heat at a slower rate, so it’s easily detected with infrared.
A Word on Homeowner’s Insurance and Water Damage
Many homeowner’s insurance policies will cover water damage if the homeowner seeks to repair it soon after it is discovered. If the homeowner can’t afford the deductible and waits, the insurance company may see this as negligence and refuse to pay.
Andrew MacDonald can help homeowners locate water damage in their homes in Algonquin, Elgin, Hoffman Estates and surrounding areas with an infrared home inspection. Give him a call today at 888-852-8298 to schedule your infrared home inspection today.