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Fellow home inspector Richard and myself are looking for signs of water leaks with our thermal camera.

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The image you see in the mirror with the colored background is actually our heat reflecting off the glass! Pretty cool isn’t it!? What I hope to find when searching for water leaks is that the water will be a different temperature than the walls. When it is and it’s active, the water looks dark blue (if it’s cooler) and shows up as a contrast in colors much as the mirror is doing. In some cases the water may move the insulation so I can see a temperature difference without the water leak being active.

Again, the camera is only a sample tool in trying to find moisture, it also takes experience, building knowledge, visual, tactile senses, maybe a moisture meter and some common sense to complete the job

In the recent past I have started using a full face respirator. Currently model 3m 6898 which gives me lots of protection form respiratory stresses. It feels somewhat claustrophobic at first, but after some time it gets easier to use. Just being in  a crawlspace can be touch enough, it’s dusty, wet, stinky and usually very close quarters. This face mask allows easier breathing, literally. During an inspection last week, the mold was so bad under the home some of the floor, joists and beams were not visible. There is no way I want to breath that stuff! As you may know, all of this “stuff” getting into your eyes can’t be good for you either.

3m respirator

I wear a disposable Tyvek suit, full face mask, gloves and special shoes at almost every crawlspace.






Mold infested crawlspace