Damp is a huge problem for buildings – it leaves an odour and is unhygienic. Mold will grow in places with a lot of moisture, such as around leaks in roofs, windows, or pipes, or where there has been flooding. It is highly likely the occupant of a damp home will suffer with some sort of respiratory problem as a direct result.

Apart from the problems associated with mold, there can be a detrimental effect to the structure of the building itself if ongoing dampness or water leaks are left unchecked over time.

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Infrared thermographic imagers have been used in the building industry since the 1980′s; initially for building envelope and heat loss analysis. As further developments have progressed in the science it is now a known fact that infrared thermal imaging cameras can be used to detect presence of moisture by means of variances in heat transfer and this is why it is so important to have your inspection include this.

The infrared camera can be readily utilized to detect the extent of moisture intrusion in building structures in a much faster and convenient way than conventional moisture detection devices like the moisture-meter which is also used in the Australian Standard inspection. It is imperative to differentiate the source of the moisture accumulation between interior or exterior sources since the recommendation for remedial action may vary considerably and infrared thermal imaging can help our certified thermographer to ascertain the source of the moisture problem to help determine the remedial action that is necessary.

Thermal Imaging is not a simple process and although anyone can purchase a thermal imaging camera on line, it takes the expertise of a trained thermographer to use the device in your favour when used in conjunction with his own expert knowledge, skill and thermographic training to detect moisture resultant faults and live termite activity during an inspection. Even where there is no outward sign of moisture, the thermal imaging may detect some or excessive moisture presence of conditions that can attract termites and/or cause fungal decay to building materials.

We always encourage our clients to accompany the inspector on site so they can personally share in the findings at the time of inspection and therefore are aware of any detrimental discoveries which can then be discussed with the inspector on site.

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Any high moisture readings obtained during an inspection should be investigated further. Your inspector will recommend a Borescope Inspection to allow him to visually inspect inside the wall where the moisture reading is high to help him determine the reason. A Borescope is an instrument which is inserted into a small drilled hole in the wall so that the inspector can view the cavity. The Borescope can be rotated to get a 360 degree view.

A Borescope Inspection is not carried out as part of a pre-purchase inspection but is only engaged as necessary if a more invasive inspection is called for, e.g. suspected termites in cavity wall.  This inspection is subject to permission from the owner of the building and further cost to the client.

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