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Even a small water leak in your Springfield, IL, home can lead to major structural damage. If you suspect a water leak, finding its source can be a challenge. One of the least intrusive ways to find plumbing leaks is with a thermographic camera inspection. Here’s what you need to know about how these inspections work so that you can take action to protect your home.

What a Thermal Camera Inspection Is

Thermal cameras aren’t able to see water leaks, but they do detect subtle temperature differences, explains the Department of Energy. This allows the cameras to be used for both air leak and water leak detection services. In the case of a water leak, the moisture creates a temperature pattern difference that’s evident on the camera’s screen. The images can show water leaks around a foundation, in a wall, or the ceiling.

How Thermal Camera Inspections Work

To find a water leak in your home, we may ask you to adjust the thermostat. This allows us to detect moisture more easily. You may need to move furniture away from walls, and drapes may need to be temporarily taken off a wall. This allows us to see the full moisture spread pattern. The ability to visualize the full thermal pattern helps us pinpoint the location of the leak.

Why a Camera Inspection Is a Wise Decision

Water flows through the path of least resistance. That makes it difficult to pinpoint the source of a leak in your home. Drilling through multiple walls, floors, or places in the ceiling takes a long time and leaves you with more damage to fix. The non-invasive camera inspection is fast, accurate, and doesn’t cause any additional damage to your home. The sooner we find the leak, the sooner we can repair the problem.

To learn more about thermographic camera inspections for plumbing leaks, take a look at HRI Plumbing’s professional leak detection services, or get in touch with us today.

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