When moisture infiltration is suspected, Infrared Thermal Imaging can help in detecting moisture within walls, ceilings and floors. Infrared cameras read the surface temperature of objects. Wet areas change temperature at a different rate than dry areas allowing us to find anomalies that may otherwise go undetected.
Some of the advantages are that this method is quick, non-intrusive and does not require relocation of the occupants while it's being performed. This method also confirms failure points and moisture migration paths and it provides us with a visual presentation of the findings.
Infrared Imaging can only detect surface temperature differentials and cannot see through walls nor can it detect mold or structural damage.
Peter Manjuck of SoCal Inspections is a certified Level 1 Infrared Thermographer.