MOISTURE INSPECTION PROCESS
Hope everyone had a happy Holiday season! We want to talk today about when your property has a leak or moisture problem, one of the first steps is finding out where the water is originating from. If the source of water intrusion has not been stopped or controlled, then, if possible, reasonable steps may be taken to do so. If efforts to stop or control the water intrusion are unsuccessful, then Dririte will make a decision to continue those efforts or stop the project. After the water source has been controlled, surface water can be removed to gain control of the situation.
Our Tampa buildings have many openings that can allow water to penetrate and accumulate. Moisture can be present in buildings from leakage, flooding or condensation. Dririte technicians have a working knowledge of building construction, building science and the water damage restoration process. During the inspection process, it might not be acceptable or possible to access areas of known or suspected moisture intrusion. In some cases, the inspection process may require intrusive inspections. We always like to be as thorough as possible as we know that additional moisture intrusion might be discovered later in the restoration process.
Determining the Extent of Moisture Intrusion and Migration
Determining the extent of moisture intrusion and migration requires the use of moisture detection equipment. Equipment used during the initial inspection can include, but is not limited to: moisture sensors, thermo-hygrometers, penetrating and non-penetrating moisture meters, borescopes and thermal imaging devices. Other tools that can be used during the inspection may include: a trim/molding lifter, wide putty knife, utility knife, flashlight, carpet awl; and in the case of contaminated environments, PPE, mini containment, or HEPA vacuum.
Dririte technicians will evaluate and document the extent of water migration in structure, systems and contents and absorption using appropriate moisture detection equipment. Since water can flow under walls, and come from above, it is important to inspect adjoining rooms even when no water is visible on the surface of floor coverings. The size of a building can make it difficult to detect moisture using moisture meters and therefore thermal imaging devices can be used to show water flow patterns in a building in hard to reach places, increasing the efficiency of documenting affected areas and water migration.
Establishing Drying Goals
Our final step is to establish a dry standard and drying goal for the affected structure, systems and contents. We will record and document moisture measurements. The dry standard is usually determined by taking moisture content readings from known dry materials in an undamaged area or structure, and using these readings to establish a drying goal. When it is not possible to locate unaffected materials within the structure, then an available and comparable structure will be used to establish the dry standard. In the absence of comparable building, experience from previous drying projects can be used.