Live in Wellington? Considering a thermal imaging moisture inspection?
Here’s the results of recent Wellington home inspections: (Names and addresses withheld for obvious reasons)
First home inspected – Built in 2000. The home owners had already spent $45,000 on remedial work on the cladding including a new paint job, tiles on deck removed and decking resealed. Overall the home wasn’t too bad in terms of moisture… apart from the leak that was literally dripping through a bottom floor bedroom ceiling! We managed to narrow down the area of the leak source (two floors above) using our thermal imaging camera and moisture detection equipment.
Second home inspected – Built in 2001. The home owner was just wanting a general ‘check up’ for signs of moisture ingress after reading through our website and realising it’s not such a bad idea. Lucky they called! We uncovered quite a large pool of moisture in the garage ceiling that hadn’t yet penetrated the gib (wasn’t visable to the human eye). Due to the nature of the thermal pattern, we were able to determine the exact area of the leak entry point. The bathroom shower also had a substantial leak.
Third home inspected – Cedar clad, built in the late 90’s. This was an interesting case. The home owner had noticed a leak in the corner of a hallway, and the carpet was certainly wet. The home was built into the side of a sloping hill, so behind the gib board was block, and then a vertical dirt wall. As there was no visible sign of a leak at the top of the wall, the home owner was worried it was coming in from directly behind the wall (No access… dirt wall). After investigating the area extensively (non-invasive), we managed to track the source of the leak to an above ground location. The home owner was very happy with that result!!
In conclusion, most homes will leak at some stage in their life due to general wear and tear (or sloppy building techniques), but the key is to catch the leak early before it causes structural damage.
We inspect Wellington homes and businesses for signs of leaks and moisture using infrared thermal imaging. Call 09 887 3667 today for a free quote.