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.

Mold Testing and Moisture

Our Dry Check Moisture Inspection also includes Visual Mold Inspection

Making sure your home doesn’t have excessive moisture is critical to preventing mold, that’s why with every Dry Check Moisture Inspection, we do a visual on site mold inspection.  Never worry that your home has hidden moisture that can allow mold to grow. Buying or selling a home? You can’t afford NOT to do a moisture inspection.

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.

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Think you have Mold?

3 Important First Steps If You Think You’ve Got Mold

The first sign of a moisture problem is staining, or perhaps you smell mold, it has a distinct musty odor. We specialize in mold removal, cleanup, and remediation. With your home moisture test we will also do a visual inspection for mold. If mold is discovered, we can help.

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Free Phone Consult
Talk to Moisture Specialist

Gathering information on what might have caused the mold is critical in helping to determine what you should do next.  Was there recent water damage or do you just smell mold?  You might need to proceed to Step 2 and schedule an inspection.

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Visual Mold Inspection
On site walk through

Our experienced mold tech will thoroughly inspect your home. Since mold requires moisture to grow, we also test moisture levels using our Dry Check System. Our new innovative technology is 7x more accurate than traditional moisture meters others use.

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Mold Testing
Are mold tests needed?

You don’t need to spend money on mold tests if you can visually see mold. There are exceptions, for example if you need to identify the type of mold. All samples are sent to an independent 3rd party lab to ensure there is no conflict of interest.

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