Student Discussion: How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion Course

how to inspect for moisture intrusion

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The goal of this course is to teach the student how to identify and report on moisture intrusion in homes and commercial buildings.

Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, the inspector will be able to:

  • identify and describe specific details of the building that may cause moisture-related problems;
  • describe the design, construction, and maintenance of houses and buildings that manage moisture effectively;
  • inspect for indications of moisture intrusion;
  • communicate how to prevent moisture intrusion by proper installation of systems and components;
  • understand how energy, moisture, water, and vapor move through a building;
  • recognize evidence of structural damage and previous repair; and
  • communicate to clients indications of moisture intrusion.

This course also teaches the best building practices and standards that make a home moisture-resistant. Building practices and construction techniques are essential for an inspector to understand. Building components that are defective, incorrectly installed, or simply missing can produce moisture-related problems. Moisture intrusion of a building can cause major structural damage and can threaten the safety of its occupants. Most E&O insurance claims in the inspection industry involve moisture intrusion. Once an inspector knows what properly installed building components look like, then recognizing installation defects becomes easy. Education and training on the best and most recent building practices for controlling moisture are essential for every property inspector.

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Hello my name is john and I just started this course looking forward to learning this course

Hello, I’m back

Hello it’s good to back.

Hi everyone, this course was very long but I’ve learned what the most common moisture problems are and where they are present. Cannot wait to get out there and start inspecting some homes

Taking the Moisture Intrusion course.

Looking into this course. Any insights? It looks long…

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This course is designed primarily for residential and commercial property inspectors. It will help the inspector learn how to inspect for moisture intrusion in buildings, structures, and homes. The student will learn about the specific details and areas of a building to explore and potentially discover defects that may cause moisture-related problems. The inspector will learn about the design, construction, and maintenance of houses that help manage moisture effectively.

We want our building enclosures to do two basic things:

  • keep water out; and
  • if water gets in, let it out.

Enjoy the course.

how to inspect for moisture intrusion

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Moisture intrusion is one of my favorite topics since its such a constant issue.

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I find many moisture issues down here in Texas with a very warm climate. I find a lot of hvac duct issues in attics.

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I find the IR Camera is the best tool when beginning an inspection and just walking around the interior to get a feel for the house. It allows you to find problem areas naked to the eye and make physical or mental notes on those problem spots to dig deeper. Moved or removed insulation is a huge problem in old homes and is apparent with the IRC before even getting in the attic.

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I agree, @jwood39

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I have yet to include an IR camera in my tool bag. What is everyone’s go-to IR camera for budget friendly and good quality?

Hey Joseph, I got the FLIR One Edge Pro. I love it because the images are taken by the app on my phone and then saved in my photos so it can easily be imported into my inspection software immediately during the home inspection. I hope that helps.
-Bryan

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I like using the IR Camera after I test all the plumbing in the house and check between the floors of the structure.

I like using a thermal camera for many different things. Not only for finding possible moisture problems. Electrical issues can be found as well. Flir is very good. Seek is also a good unit, a little more budget friendly.

exited to learn about that sneaky moisture intrusion Jeremy from PA.

Just starting the moisture intrusion course!

Its crazy to think that something that we all need to survive can be so destructive!