One of the best ways to ensure that your home is mold and water damage free is to undergo a full home inspection by a professional team of water damage experts. The problem with water damage is that it seep into numerous areas that, at a glance, have nothing wrong with them. This is why at We Dry Miami we employ state of the art thermal imaging equipment.
Why Thermal Imaging
Thermal imaging allows us to detect leaks and weaknesses in the insulation of the interior of your home, especially walls, the ceiling, and the floors. These are leaks that cannot be seen by the naked eye, but register to the home owner once they are shown up close what they are dealing with. This allows us to find these problems without having to tear open the walls or floor boards. It is a totally non-invasive procedure.
What Can You See With Thermal Imaging
- Cold Air Leaks
- Pipe Locations
- Roof Leaks (within 48 hours of last rain)
- Improperly insulated HVAC ducting
- Water Intrusion
- Insulation unevenness or improper installation
- Leaking roof vents, skylights, and vent piping
What Is Water Intrusion?
When the siding and flashing on a structure has been improperly installed rainfall lets water behind the siding and allows it to soak the inner structure of the home. If no exterior signs of damage have occurred yet then this kind of water can be hard to detect. Thermal imaging allows us to look inside the walls and make sure we’re not missing anything that could come through to cause problems later on. Thermal imaging is a non-invasive procedure that allows us to look at all manner of damage without causing further damage to the structure.
Why Is Water Intrusion Hard To Detect?
Water being a fluid means that there are many different ways it can get into your home. It can run, drip, condense, and even evaporate. This means that it can be exceedingly difficult to locate where it’s coming from so that it can be fixed. Without a trained thermographer and thermal imaging equipment it can be almost impossible to detect the source with out tearing apart walls or ceilings.
What Are The Other Benefits of Thermal Imaging?
One of the biggest complaints home owners have is the high electricity bills from heating and cooling leaks. Thermal imaging will allow us to spot the areas of your home that are letting out all of that energy and stop them. This means significant money saved in the long run from getting the most out of your heating and cooling units.
Another benefit is the detection of unwanted pests in or around your home. Often we’ll find pests in attics or crawl spaces but it can be hard to find them if they’ve made their way into your home’s walls. Thermal imaging gives us a closer look without any more damage to your house.
Breaker box miswiring and defects can be detected with thermal imaging along with water temperature sources. If you have your kitchen sink running at over 125 but your tub at 100 we can find the source of the issue much faster.
Heated floors can be expensive to fix because the only way to find the problem is to remove portions of it. With thermal imaging you don’t need to do this and we can save you a lot of money in unnecessary repairs.
The Limitations of Thermal Imaging
Contrary to popular belief TI technology can not actually see through walls. It s simply a concentrated temperature reading that can spot hidden problems and issues. This means that TI can not accurately test areas that are exposed to direct sunlight or that are reflective.
Is TI Worth It?
Yes! A recent survey revealed that 30% of Angie’s List members were unsatisfied by their home inspection because the inspector failed to detect problems that grew and became major issues later on.
If you’re purchasing a home it’s important to know everything about it. Even the wiring can be a deal breaker of you find out it will drive the price up thousands of dollars just to fix old problems.
If the home you live in needs TI then it can save you a lot of money and help keep you in your home during repairs vs having to relocate for an undetermined amount of time.
Simply put, a trained thermographer with good thermal imaging equipment can detect and find more problems and issues ahead of time than a normal home inspector.
There’s no reason to wait. Just because you can’t see any problems doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. Problems like these do not disappear or fix themselves. They grow slowly and then your ceiling is falling through or a wall is crumbling. Time is of the essence so get a thermal imaging inspection now!