The Role of Thermography and Moisture Mapping in Water Damage Detection

Thermography and moisture mapping are thorough yet non-invasive and non-destructive methods for identifying the extent and root causes of water intrusion. These two different methods work together to clearly identify and document water-damage issues.

How it Works

First, using infrared imaging to measure surface temperatures, thermography can indicate where moisture might be present in a structure because wet areas are often lower in temperature. While thermography doesn’t directly detect moisture, lower temperatures indicate areas for further investigation.

Next, moisture mapping is conducted to verify the presence of moisture as well as the extent of its spread. This involves an assortment of diagnostic tools including moisture meters. The end result is a moisture map that clearly illustrates the locations and levels of moisture in a building.

Findings are then compiled into a detailed water damage report that a policyholder or property attorney can use to negotiate a fair settlement with insurance providers.

3 Reasons to Get Thermography & Moisture Mapping Reports

While you might be tempted to delay seeking this type of reporting until after you’ve received a number from the insurance provider, here are 3 reasons to proactively seek independent thermography and moisture mapping before you submit a water damage claim to your insurance provider:

  1. Get more detail
    Most insurance assessors lack the time and resources to conduct in-depth water damage evaluations. The better information an insurance provider has, the faster a fair settlement can be reached.
  2. Avoid conflicting interests
    An insurance provider’s primary interest is minimizing their own risk and payout. Providing an independent, third-party analysis along with your claim gets ahead of this issue.
  3. Obtain a fair settlement faster
    Provide agnostic reporting alongside your water damage claim to avoid unnecessary delays and get a fair settlement faster.
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