Water damage spells trouble. Not only does water damage immediately affect (if not destroy) your personal belongings, but over time it threatens your health and the structural integrity of your home.

Most property owners have dealt with water damage at least once before. After all, every building—big or small, new or old—is susceptible to moisture intrusion. Flooding basements, leaky pipes and even small spills damage surfaces on both the interior and exterior.

If areas affected by water are not restored to their original, dry state within 24 to 48 hours, there’s a good chance black mold will develop, putting the health of all occupants at risk. What’s more, building materials will deteriorate, compromising the structural safety of your home.

Fortunately, the more you know about water damage the better you can protect yourself and your family from its adverse effects.

Call InfraScan now to book a water damage inspection.

Common signs of water damage

Detect water damage in its earliest stage to prevent mold and further ruin; watch for the following signs:

  • Discoloured or stained walls
  • Rotting building materials (e.g. wood)
  • Musty odours
  • Black spotting

Detecting water damage with infrared

It’s not always easy to find where water damage is coming from on your own. Pipes leak and burst behind walls, and cracks don’t always develop where we can see them. For this reason, rely on an infrared inspection.

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Example of watter detection in thermal image.

During an infrared inspection, the inspector scans the area in question using an infrared camera. The camera picks up on energy, or heat, emitted by various objects and surfaces in its view. It then displays the heat signatures in an image called a thermogram, using a range of colours.

The inspector, viewing the thermogram, locates moisture-rich areas; releasing less heat, these areas are represented by the colour blue. The inspector can also identify the source of moisture easily and accurately via an infrared inspection.

If you suspect water damage in your home, immediately deal with it to prevent mold and ongoing deterioration. Call InfraScan for fast and reliable water damage inspections. Same-day service!