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How do you test for Moisture?

An important part of the home inspection is to test for moisture. But it’s also equally important not to damage the property. There are a few different methods available to test for moisture in a property.

A visual inspection is the most basic test. It involves looking for water stains, mold growth, evidence of past water intrusion, or peeling paint. With a visual inspection, there is no need to perform intrusive tests that can cause damage to the property. A non-invasive moisture meter is the ideal tool for checking moisture levels.

Moisture Meters

Moisture meters are electronic devices used to measure moisture content in materials such as wood, drywall, and tile. The meter will give a reading which can then help determine if further testing or repairs may be needed.

Moisture meters can only be used on accessible surfaces; they cannot penetrate walls or other inaccessible areas.

Thermal Imaging (Infrared)

Thermal imaging can show the potential presence of water behind walls, ceilings, and floors. It is an effective test for helping to find moisture in areas that are otherwise inaccessible to visual inspection or meter reading.

A professional grade non-intrusive moisture meter is used to accomplish this during the home inspection. It is designed to test the moisture content in surfaces without causing any damage. The readings provide an indication of how much water is present, helping you identify potential problems before they become costly repairs.

Testing for moisture during a home inspection not only helps protect your investment but also ensures that you are aware of any potential issues so you can take action before they become more serious problems. With all the tools available, testing for moisture should be an easy part of the home inspection.

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