CES – Infrared Camera Detects Water Damage and Mold

Thermal Imaging Camera _Flir_When Used by a Local Certified Mold Inspections Specialist This can Locate Water Damage and Mold in Your Home

This type of camera (thermal infrared) will not find mold inside your walls, but it can be used as a very useful tool to assist your local mold inspection specialist by determining areas of moisture intrusion and water damage.

Thermal infrared cameras locate areas with temperature differences.

– Red and white colors indicate warm/hot areas

– Blue and dark colors indicate cool/cold areas

A certified mold inspector will use this device and look for varying heat signals that indicate water damage.  An unusual blue mark could indicate moisture or a leaky pipe in a wall .

“When scanning an interior wall of your home, we (mold inspectors) look for irregular temperature patterns in the camera indicating a possible source of moisture” R.Santanastasio

The Latest in Thermal infrared cameras.  This Flir model T640 is extremely powerful and very ergonomic.  This model was viewed at the latest Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas 2013.   The cameras ability to detect heat, and ultimately differences in heat, translate into areas that your certified mold inspector specialist may use to isolate moisture, water damage and mold inside your walls.  Locating water damage is a mold inspectors special weapon when finding mold within your home.

How Mold Can Grow Inside Your Home


Los Angeles, CA November 26, 2012

If you could only see the water damage and mold growing in your home. It might be just like using an x ray machine to see into the walls of your buildings.  In some places you would see mold growing, others dry rot, wood rot, pests and insects roaming the cellulose divided hallways.

The picture of mold growing in the windows of this home is a prime example of how different components can work in harmony to create life.

The three essential components of mold growth involving mold spores, moisture, and a minimal carbon source.  From these components the organism (Fungi | Mold | Mildew) are able to initiate growth, digest carbon components by using digestive enzymes to breakdown the cellular bonds of each substrate and reproduce.

In this case water intruding into the window, from outside the window pane, results in increased humidity and possibly dew on the inside.  Over an extended amount of time, this will promote bacterial and mold colonies to proliferate with the available moisture.  This is an isolated instance, yet water and moisture in the building materials can spread and extend further into neighboring walls, units or down multiple floors (in a larger style buildings).

Mold spores are found everywhere in the environment; inside and outside your home.  Your home may have an air handling unit, the essential lungs to your home.  If mold growth is observed the chances of mold spreading to different areas is a real possibility.  Mold Testing specialist can help determine, by sampling for mold spores, levels that maybe above normal or acceptable ranges.

A known essential to life’s building blocks is the single and multiple carbon chains that exist in nature.  Indoor Allergens such as insects parts, cat dander, mold spores, and pollens exist within our home.  This may provide the basic elemental substrates to be added into the window pane by wind, pressure and other dynamic building features.

Additional investigations that indentify water damaged areas will greatly decrease your chances of mold growing within your home.  Water damage tip:  respond to moisture damage accordingly.  Your initial response to water damage can results in a favorable turn of events and reduce the costly repairs.

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