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Finding Mold You Cannot See

5/5/2020 (Permalink)

A thermal imaging camera being pointed at a wall in a house Technicians can use an infrared camera to detect moisture behind walls

You are probably familiar with the telltale mold smell. As you walk into your building in Santa Ana, CA, a musty aroma assaults your senses. When you go to the area where the smell seems the strongest, though, you don't see any patches on the walls, ceilings, or baseboards. How do you get rid of a problem you can't find? Mold remediation experts have the technology and training needed to help you out.

Moisture

One of the main factors that can lead to a fungus smell in your building is excess moisture. There are several ways moisture can build up indoors:

  • Leaks from broken, damaged or loose pipes
  • Flooding
  • High humidity
  • Low airflow
  • Unmitigated water damage

Many of these issues are hard or impossible to see. That makes them difficult to measure without the proper equipment. Technicians can use an infrared camera to detect moisture behind walls or under floors. Identifying the problem areas is the first step of getting rid of that mold smell.

Heat
Another factor that can lead to mold growth or a mildew smell is heat. As the temperature in your building rises, the space becomes more inviting to mold spores. This is why specialists often use a camera with a temperature gauge so that they can determine whether or not the heat in your building is contributing to the problem. After taking a reading, they can compare it to other buildings in the area where the humidity levels are similar and then suggest the next steps for remediation.
If you have a mold smell in your building, don't ignore it. You can look for patches of mold, but there may still be a problem even if you can't see one. Experts in mold mitigation can use infrared technology to locate the source of the smell and recommend the next steps that need to be taken to get rid of it.

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