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Water & Leak Detection

Water and Leak Intrusion Location, Water Damage Investigations,
Moisture Mapping

Water intrusion into commercial and residential buildings can come from many different locations and sources. From faulty roofing, poor workmanship, ice damming issues, siding and window problems, caulking breakdowns, to using inferior building materials.

Infrared can see your water intrusion problems by the thermal signature the water leaves beneath or on top of building surfaces. Infrared quickly and accurately locates wet areas for identification by ‘seeing it’, thermally. You don’t waste time, or money, unnecessarily tracking down water issues using conventional inspection methods. If you have, or ever had, a flooding issue infrared will tell you if it has been successfully dried and the issue remediated. We can visually show you with IR images that your problem has been corrected, or not. With an infrared scan you have the ability to show your contractor exactly where a water problem is located and what it looks like in size. This saves the contractor time and materials in searching for a water problem and from making unnecessary repairs.

Here are some easy water finds. Water shows as the darker color in these interior shots.

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A moisture meter is used to verify the findings for the client and recorded in the report.

Water Damage Investigations
A couple of tougher one’s to locate.

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Figure 5. A Baseboard Find
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Figure 6. Pipe Behind Wall

In Figure 5 a contractor finishing an addition had a water issue with the AC Unit. He knew he was losing water from the unit but couldn’t locate it. He retraced the lines as best as possible but was unable to locate the line leak. Not wanting to waste more time or rip out any of the new construction unless he had to, he called for an IR scan. We retraced the buried lines and found the leak in a clothes closet behind the baseboard sheetrock. When installing the baseboard the water supply line got zipped by a baseboard nail. This was a good find and a testament to good IR.
I used two vertically ‘stitched’ IR images in Figure 6. Another plumbing contractor had an issue with a new condo build in an older building in Boston. The water issue was located from the top IR image and the bottom image was added to show the extent of the water damage. At the top of the image you see a horizontal purplish line. That’s where a pipe inside the wall had been zipped by a sheetrock screw. The purplish color below that line shows the water damage that resulted and how much wall material needed replacement. Another good documentation of a good IR find.

Stitched Images
Here’s another good (great!) example of a water problem located with IR. An addition to a summer home on the beach in New Hampshire had this water problem. We see the sloped ceiling of the new addition and to the right of the image is a sheetrock wall covering the chimney which was originally on the outside of the previously existing home. The exterior roof chimney flashing was the issue. The homeowner could see the water damage and knew what corrective action to take in terms of flashing and with what wall and ceiling board sections were in need of replacement. A winner scan for the homeowner.

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Figure 7.

Moisture Mapping, Mold and Post Inspection Surveys
For situations involving multiple water problems or flooding issues we can go into a building and map out all of the moisture damage and provide you with a documented report of the findings. You can use this report as proof for an insurance claim or a comparison to a post inspection survey to determine if your severe water issue has been successfully remediated.

Mold…it’s a dirty, complicated and misunderstood word in water investigations. Water intrusion into homes and commercial buildings and the moisture problems created from other inside sources onto building materials can cause significant microbiological contamination to property. And, this can lead to potential health issues for children and adults who are at risk after an exposure to mold spores. We use Infrared to locate all of the moisture sources and those that may have been missed conventionally, then identify the areas where mold contamination is most likely to occur. We put our findings in a report for you to have an environmental specialist take samples from moisture areas already predetermined with infrared, saving time and additional expense.

A post-inspection survey is useful to verify if your water issue has been successfully remediated and all of the building moisture is gone to your satisfaction. You should strongly consider this option when contracting an IR moisture detection survey.

Summing Up
Your Infrared water detection survey will determine the origin of your water problems.
Use an IR survey to document water loss claims.
Contract a post-inspection survey to compare to the original IR survey verifying satisfactory remediation.
Get piece of mind from knowing IR solved your water problems.

Contact Us to take an IR look at your water, leak and moisture issues.

“See what you can’t see – with an IR Moisture Detection Survey!”


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