Weeks after Hurricane Sandy, much of the Mid-Atlantic and New England are still coping with the effects of widespread flooding and water damage. As homeowners and restoration contractors sprint to make buildings habitable and healthy again, the unseen water and mold will remain one of the greatest obstacles. Diagnosing and remediating water issues right away will amount to the difference between a healthy, comfortable structure and one that will be plagued with problems for years to come.
Hence we are reminded that a thermal imager is likely the single best tool for quickly and accurately scanning for water infiltration. The thermal imager helps visualize temperature patterns across the surfaces of a building. Because moist materials transfer heat at a different rate than dry materials, as a building changes temperature the moist materials show as a different color on the screen of the thermal imager. With such a technique the location and extent of the moisture in a structure is easily visualized.