Thermal Imaging Cameras For Inspecting Homes
One of the coolest new tools available for our industry is a thermal imaging camera. They are used in many different industries, but they do have a great application for water damage scenarios. A quick science lesson: When something is wet, the water naturally evaporates. As it does, the surface cools. This theory is why humans produce sweat; as the sweat evaporates, it produces a cooling sensation. When you are in a large building, or trying to find damage on a surface you can’t reach (like a vaulted ceiling), it can be hard to test sheetrock to see if it is wet using a traditional moisture meter. A thermal imaging camera, however, can highlight areas of coolness, which could indicate the presence of moisture. Once these cooler areas are identified, they can be checked using normal moisture meters. This rules out any false positive readings, since the coolness could be a lack of insulation or some other factor.
I am going to an inspection tomorrow, where the homeowner keeps finding moisture in a closet, but isn’t sure how it’s getting there. Hopefully using a thermal imaging camera and my normal meters and tools, I can find the source, get it corrected, and then start the process of restoring his home.