Moisture Intrusion Inspections

Compared to the rest of the country, Tallahassee has relatively high humidity levels year round, while collecting an average annual rainfall
of over 60 inches. This means moisture intrusion problems are very common in our area. Moisture intrusion can lead to building defects and can potentially cause health ailments for the building occupants. When moisture is left unchecked within walls or building materials it can lead to mold growth which can be detrimental to people affected by asthma, allergies, or with compromised immune systems.

Moisture and water vapor move into a home through air infiltration, excess humidity, diffusion through building materials, or through leaks. The most frequent causes of moisture-based issues occur when moisture enters a home due to poor construction practices, poorly sealed doors and windows, or improperly flashed roof penetrations.

Moisture intrusion into a home

Tallahassee Real Estate Inspections, your local home inspector, employ several methods to conduct a moisture intrusion inspection. First a visual inspection is completed to check windows, flashings, sealant, caulk lines, all penetrations, and cracks or damage that may allow moisture penetration. If the inspection identifies areas of potential problems, a non-invasive moisture meter is used to confirm. Thermography is also utilized (please see our Thermal Imaging section for more information) which will quickly pick up temperature variations if moisture is being retained in any building materials. And finally, if necessary, we can confirm our suspicions of moisture issues below the surface with the use of penetrating probes, which require drilling small holes into the building material to allow us to detect moisture internally.

Our inspection will help you identify the not only the cause but also the extent of the problem so you can make fact-based decisions regarding the next step in the repair process.

Home inspector using moisture meter

Tramex Moisture Encounter Plus showing elevated levels of moisture below a window.

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