PRLog - Sep. 17, 2012 - PEORIA, Ariz. -- When a pipe bursts or a sanitary sewer overflow occurs people typically immediately know that water damage has occurred in a building. However, more often than not, water damage events occur without being noticed right away.
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Pin hole leaks in plumbing or a small leak around a window, chimney flashing or other external structure can allow water to infiltrate a building for days, weeks and even months before being noticed. Often times it is just this type of leak that leads to mold growth and indoor air quality concerns for people working and living in these structures.
These hidden leaks, by their very nature, can go unnoticed by building occupants. In addition to health concerns due to mold and other microbial contaminants, these same hidden leaks can result in structural damage. The end result can be a costly problem to fix if left untreated long enough.
One company that has been helping both commercial and residential property owners identify these hidden leaks is Sussex Environmental Health Consultants. SEHC is a private company based in Delaware that offers thermography and indoor air quality (IAQ) services across the Mid-Atlantic region. Susan White, Ph.D., CMC, President of Sussex Environmental Health Consultants has extensive experience utilizing infrared cameras to identify and resolve hidden water damage events. When asked about the use of infrared cameras during these types of investigations she stated, “A trained thermographer and their camera can quickly and nondestructively identify problem areas in a building by analyzing the amount of thermal radiation that building components emit. This allows the professionals at SEHC to identify leaks because wet building materials will typically emit thermal radiation at a different temperature than dry materials. What to the naked eye may appear as though everything is fine can jump out at a skilled water damage expert as the source of a water incursion through the use of infrared technology. The end result is the problem area is quickly identified so it can be fixed to prevent further damage or even mold growth.”
To learn more about infrared technologies and water damage investigations or other indoor air quality issues, please visit Sussex Environmental Health Consultants at http://www.sussexenvironmental.com, email susan.white@
About Sussex Environmental Health Consultants, LLC
SEHC is a certified woman owned business that provides environmental and health and safety consulting services. The company is located in the Mid-Atlantic and services clients nationwide. SEHC provides solutions to clients ranging from homeowners to international Fortune 500 Corporations.