Infrared Inspection – Your Due Diligence Before You Buy A House
The idea of finally having your own home is exciting. Not only do you a place to call your own, but it also contributes significantly to your assets. Instead of paying rent into oblivion, getting a house, even on mortgage, is a great way to invest your money for the long haul. However, you need to ensure that the home you buy is in good condition. One important matter to check is that the house is free from moisture, leaks and black mold. This is possible through infrared inspection.
On the surface, it may not sound like a little moisture within the house is such a bad thing. However, in the same way that a small leak can sink a great ship, moisture can end up destroying an entire house. It could also render it uninhabitable if black mold is present. The following post explains this in detail:
THE TRUTH BEHIND THE DANGERS OF BLACK MOLD IN YOUR HOME
Black mold has a nasty reputation and for good reason. It’s also known as stachybotrys chartarum, which is the most common type of toxic mold. This fungus breeds and lives off moisture. If your home has ever experienced flooding or pipe leakage, black mold is probably alive and hiding in your walls or floors around the area of the water damage.
Black mold grows in materials high in cellulose and low in nitrogen. Typically black mold is found in:
So, what exactly makes black mold so dangerous? Toxic black mold carries spores called Trichothecene Mycotoxins. These particular spores are incredibly dangerous when inhaled. Read more at Octagon Cleaning and Restoration…
Black mold thrives in moist conditions, so you need to find out whether it is present in a prospective house you are thinking of buying. That way, you can decide whether you can bear the responsibility of ridding the house of the black mold if it is found.
The first step in this process is to establish where the moisture is coming from. As such, you need to find out whether there are leaks in the critical areas of the house. The following post explains how you can do this:
For existing buildings being considered for a reroofing program, conducting a roof survey to determine the location and extent of wet substrates is essential to making fiscally responsible decisions related to the program’s extent…
Other technologies, such as electronic leak testing, can detect leaks with far more reliability than flood-testing. Some electronic leak-testing methods include:
- electrical capacitance/impedance testing;
- infrared thermography;
- nuclear hydrogen detection;
- low-voltage electrical conductance testing; and
high-voltage spark testing. Read more at AEC Forensics…
The infrared thermography method is very accurate in detecting where the leaks are located. It also shows the extent of damage even if it can’t be seen on the surface. This is exactly what you need.
An infrared inspection is something else you should consider before closing on your new home. The following post explains more about it:
Infrared imaging will identify where moisture is intruding into your roof system. These moisture leaks usually occur where the waterproofing layers have torn or degraded over time. This causes moisture to become trapped underneath.
What this moisture ends up doing is two-fold. First, because the insulation in your roof has become wet, it no longer works as effectively. This means increased energy costs for your home. Because heat rises, this is particularly bad during the colder months of the year.
Secondly, and more importantly, trapped moisture can intrude into your roof deck, causing wood to rot and any metal components to rust. This can end up causing extensive damage that will cost a lot to repair later. Read more at US Infrared Inspections…
It is best to avoid any problems while you can. Regret is bad enough when you end up in a home that’s not in good condition. Having to incur extra costs to correct the issues is even worse.
If you are looking for a roofing contractor that can perform an infrared inspection or roof repair in Leesburg VA on the house you hope to make your home, we are here for you. Our years of experience in residential roof repair, roof replacement and roof inspection, and excellent service delivery, earned us, for the 6th consecutive year, the Customer Satisfaction Award in the 2017 Talk of the Town Awards. Call us on (703)303-8546.