3 Benefits Of Infrared Roof Moisture Surveys

Moisture in a roof space can cause problems. It can damage insulation and rot timbers. It can encourage mold to grow. If it comes into contact with electrical wires or parts, then you have a real hazard on your hands.

However, you won't always find it easy to spot moisture in your roof, especially if you have membranes in place. If you suspect you have a problem, then you can run a roof moisture survey.

These surveys use infrared technology to scan areas for signs of water ingress. Why are they a good idea?

1. Check Your Roof Faster

If you can't see traces of moisture in your roof space, but you think you have a problem, then accessing hidden areas of the roof can be a big job. You might have to make holes in your roof to get into hard-to-reach places or behind membranes. If you aren't sure where the problem lies, you might need to do this multiple times.

A roof moisture survey that uses an infrared camera speeds up the process. The camera can scan all over the roof through covering materials such as membranes. As long as you can focus the device on part of the roof, it can take an image. You get a much faster analysis of moisture levels in the space. If you have a problem, you can pinpoint its location accurately.

2. Check Your Electrics Are Safe

If you have some electrical wires and parts in your roof space, you need to keep them dry. Water and electricity are a dangerous combination.

However, if you can't see all your wires and connections, then you can't know how safe your roof is. Even if your electrics are visible, you might not be able to see hidden moisture problems around them which could cause a problem in the future.

An infrared electrical scan enables you to see your electrics, even if they sit behind covers or membranes. If any area is damp or wet, then this will show up on the scan. The thermal images you see show areas of unusual heat, cold, or damp. If you do have a problem, you can take immediate steps to make your electrics safe again.

3. Reduce Your Survey Costs

If you have to cut into your roof to check for moisture, then your costs could rise. The costs of cutting holes, running moisture meter checks, and then repairing the damage could be expensive.

An infrared roof moisture survey is non-invasive. You simply pay for the survey itself. You don't need to cut into your roof or repair damage at the end of the process.

To find out more, contact a roof moisture survey specialist in your area.