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MOISTURE - CALL 1300 382 826 FOR MOISTURE TESTING

Probably the most invasive and destructive issue in any dwelling is the presence of unwanted moisture.

Unwanted moisture in the built environment is deterimental on every level - deterimental to the wellbeing of the building through deterioration of building materials through erosion, and deterimental to the health of occupants of the building. Unwanted moisture needs to be sourced, located, identified and erradicated.

The most difficult moisture to diagnose and erradicate is moisture created by natural causes or creeping moisture from an unseen location as opposed to a more straight forward water leak or ingress from a burst pipe, overflowing bath, storm or flood.

There are also differing levels of water contamination, from clean water through to dirty water. These are officially categorised as the following: Category 1 (clean), Category 2 (general contamination) or Category 3 (sewerag).

 

Our moisture testing services

 

Our moisture testing will locate and test and assess any water intrusion from any source (including leaking pipes, rising damp, horizontal damp, lack of ventilation) as well as condensation, relative humidity, absolute humidity, dew point, wet bulb and any other possible issue with regard to moisture in the built environment.

We can locate moisture on surfaces, beneath concrete, tiles, brick, mortar and wood, behind wall cavities and in roof voids and walls. The entire property is initially assessed/inspected using infra red thermal imaging cameras. These cameras can isolate differences in temperature levels, offering an overall view of al potential sources of moisture. Next our individual moisture detection metres can determine humidity levels throughout the building and also can measure moisture in all surfaces throughout the dwelling.

Once the moisture levels have been collated, we can determine whether or not they are elevated as measured against acceptabke moisture levels depending on the surface and material tested.

 

1. Determine the source and cause of the excessive moisture via detection

 

Moisture built up in any dwelling for any reason is relieved by ventilating the area. Moisture is present everywhere and is created by simply residing in the dwelling through breathing, cooking, washing, cooking etc.

Excessive moisture is caused by either a leak which is causing the build up of liquid moisture somewhere in the affected area, or through a lack of ventilation. Determining the cause of the moisture is achieved by first visually inspecting the area affected to discount the possibility of any water ingress via a leak of some sort. If it is determined that there is a leak and therefore a repairable explanation for the source of moisture causing the condensation, then it requires repairing. If the chances of a leak being the cause has been discounted then the only other explanation that is left is that the naturally developed moisture is trapped in the dwelling.Determining the amount of moisture in the area and its exact location is achieved by measuring the amount and whereabouts of built up moisture in the built environment through the use of sophisticated moisture detecting equipment.

 

Moisture detection and erradication

 

The trick to any water damage salvage operation is fast action - and identifying all moisture laden areas of the dwelling, including invisible moisture, is paramount to the erradication of it.

Our moisture identification equipment and techniques will quickly and efficiently identify all moisture in the building and the entry points. This is achieved via infra red inspection technology which identifies temperature differences deep into building materials, concrete inspection metres, plaster and timber inspection metres and atmospheric moistue identification metres.

 

2. Remove the cause of excess moisture

This involves repairing any leak that may have caused the excessive moisture to develop, or through ventilating the affected area.

 

3. Dry the affected area

Achieved by using professional dehumidifiers and elevating the temperature of the affected area.

 

4. Ventilate the affected area

This can be achieved naturally by opeing windows and doors or through the introduction of mecahcnical ventilation which forces the moist air from the built environment.

 

5. Heat the affected area

Heating the affected area slows the onset of condensation. This is because heated air can sustain or suspend more moisture vapour than cold air.

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