Why Testing for Moisture is Important

Excessive moisture in a home can be extremely damaging. Most homes experience a moisture problem after water damage but there can be a number of other reasons that your home has an elevated amount of moisture. Moisture is difficult to detect, normal home inspections do not test for moisture. This means you can buy a home and have no idea there is a costly problem that is just waiting to be exposed months or years later.

All homes need moisture, and all homes have small amounts of mold. That’s right, it’s in the air outside and in our homes. The problem comes in when moisture levels are elevated and the mold starts to grow and reproduce. Normally the first indicator is described as a musty odor, mildew smell, mold smell, moldy odor, especially on a rainy day the smells actually get stronger.

Moisture also causes a host of other problems. Termites are attracted to the moisture in wood, they consume the wood to get the water they need to survive. Wood will rot over time, sheetrock or drywall will weaken. Just about all the building materials in your home can slowly be damaged by high moisture levels.

The main problem is moisture goes undetected because it’s normally behind the walls where no one can see it.  Traditional moisture meters can only detect wet areas on the surface of the wall, and other meters like infrared thermal moisture meters really only detect temperature changes.

 

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Traditional moisture meters used by most water damage and home inspectors cannot accurately identify moisture that is occurring inside the wall cavity.

If you hire a professional home inspector they will provide opinions based only on visual observations, knowledge, and experiences using “non-intrusive” testing tools. Non-intrusive testing tools like moisture wall scanners only scan for moisture in the sheetrock and infrared cameras only show temperature differences. Neither accurately identify moisture that is occurring inside the wall cavity. Intrusive (penetrating meters) testing is the only way to accurately assess moisture intrusion.

A new innovative technology, Deep Assembly Moisture Profiling (DAMP) solves the problem.

 

We can detect moisture levels deep inside your walls, without having to remove they drywall.   This system uses small penetrating wireless electronic sensors that detect moisture at 3½ inches into the layers of the typical 5½ inch wall assembly. Normally one is placed on each side of the wall, going past the center point.

 
 
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Certified Dry Check - Home Moisture Inspection

Our innovative technology, experience and in-depth knowledge of structural drying provides our customers with a level of expertise that is unsurpassed.
We can locate moisture faster and more accurately than others and generate reports that provide you and your insurance company the data that protects.