Water Leak Detection and Thermal Imaging

Some plumbing problems and issues are obvious. Issues such as clogged toilets, slow drains, and broken water heaters are hard to take for granted. Other existing plumbing issues like leaks can be much more elusive. They can generally develop out of sight, in walls, floors, and ceilings, persisting for some time and causing damage before they’re noticed.

ServiceMaster by PWF, your Residential and Commercial Restoration and Cleaning Service Company, shares some possible common warning signs of water leaks in homes and businesses, before we proceed to water leak detection and thermal imaging.

Warning Sign No. 1: Increasing Water Bill

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Have your water bills hiked up lately? If so, you probably have a leak somewhere in your home or place. To make sure the spiking isn’t caused by a seasonal change, compare your latest water bills to those from the same month last year.

Warning Sign No. 2: Water Meter Repeatedly Ticking

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Have your water bills hiked up lately? If so, you probably have a leak somewhere in your home or place. To make sure the spiking isn’t caused by a seasonal change, compare your latest water bills to those from the same month last year.

Warning Sign No. 3: Presence of Mold & Mildew

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Leaks oftentimes cause damp spots on floors, walls, and/or ceilings. These damp spots can cause mold to develop and the nasty odor that comes with it. If you discover that you have a musty smell around the home, regardless of how frequent you clean, you may have a leaking pipe.

Warning Sign No. 4: Foundation Cracks

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Over time, cracks can appear on various places in your home. However, if you start to notice foundation cracks suddenly developing, you could have a leak for sure. The water that continually and regularly seeps out of your pipes can weaken a home’s structural parts and components, which can give rise to cracks in the foundation, walls, and other possible areas.

Warning Sign No. 5: Presence of Wet Spots

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Visually and clearly inspect the area near sinks, tubs, and toilets. Have you seen wet spots? Or is the floor around the corner plumbing features discolored? If so, take it as a red flag that you could have a leaking pipe.

What is Thermal Imaging?

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Basically, thermal imaging is the process of viewing and recording actual surface temperatures, signatures, and anomalies distinctly observed at surfaces like walls, ceilings, floors, pipes, and ducts, among others.

Service Master by PWF has technicians who are up to date on all advances in the field and use only the most reliable and trusted methods for maximum extraction of moisture.

With non-invasive methods such as thermal imaging, we are able to find hidden moisture without further damaging the structure. If needed, we’ll go in with penetrative instruments, simply to make sure that we get your home or office thoroughly dried and secure again.

How does the thermal inspection process work?

Thermography or thermal imaging measures surface temperatures by utilizing infrared video and still cameras. These mentioned tools see the light that is in the heat spectrum. Images appearing on the video or film record the temperature variations of the building’s skin, ranging from white for warm regions to black for cooler areas. The resulting images help and assist the auditor to determine whether insulation is badly needed.

thermographic inspection can be done both on the interior or exterior survey perspective. The energy auditor decides which procedure would yield the best results under certain weather conditions. Interior scans are considered more common since warm air escaping from a building does not always move through the walls in a straight line.

What are the benefits of thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging offers several benefits both for residential and businesses, such as:

Time is of the essence in the event of a pipe bursting, a sink overflowing, or a toilet backing up. In order to reduce costs and contain the damage, ServiceMaster by PWF is ready to respond in a matter of minutes, and we are on hand to provide emergency water damage removal and cleanup.

To learn more about how we can help you with your water damage problem, contact us today at (866) 599-0871 or visit our website at https://www.servicemasterbypwf.com/contact-us/. We are available for emergency water damage cleaning or any fire damage, mold damage, and storm damage restoration in residential and commercial properties in Clay, Duval, St. John, and Pinellas Counties.

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