Our comprehensive moisture inspection involves moisture testing and surveying utilising thermal imagery (infrared technology), probes, and non-invasive moisture meters.
(This test is highly recommended for pre-purchase inspections,especially on plaster homes, and also where there is suspicion of leaky home issues)
An infrared camera is used to scan the walls and ceilings of the entire property, and any thermal anomalies are investigated further on the property interior using non invasive capacitance meters and probe resistance readings, and where accessible on the exterior - microwave, dielectric and capacitance meters (depending on the cladding material).
North Star Inspections Thermal Imaging offers:
State-of-the-art Inspection Tools, Years of Experience in Building Thermography by an experienced Weathertightness Inspector
The combination of high-quality infrared / thermal imaging inspection tools and highly experienced Weathertightness Inspectors in both invasive and non invasive inspections makes North Star Inspections team your best choice for identifying water ingress issues in your property.
What Thermal Imaging adds to a Weathertightness Inspection
It is a common misconception that if leaks are present there will be visible signs and smell, but this is not often the case. Water can permeate the rear of the framing and causing decay while the front of the timber is dry. The Infrared camera can often detect anomalies at the rear of the frame and pools in the ceiling (roof leaks) under the decks (deck failure) or below showers (shower waterproofing failure) that are not visible with the naked eye. Therefore the ability to scan large areas helps the inspect locate more ingress, identify failure points and help provide a more thorough picture as to the extent or source of moisture ingress.
The Infrared camera is an exceptional tool in the detection process but for Building Thermography, should not be used as evidence in isolation. The knowledge of actual Weathertightness Inspector and other detection tools is needed to provide a complete inspection Many factors have to be accounted for such as:
- Constructional methods and materials result in difference readings
- Patterns or shadows effect temperatures,
- Insulations variable
- Temperature fluctuations
- Reflective surfaces
- Stored Items, can not view behind furniture.