I am wondering if having this situation examined with a thermal imaging device would help detect the progress of the drying process. Here is what happened:
- The shower pan overflowed on the second floor of a home, a one time, sudden event. Yes, this was during a home inspection, my fault.
- Water leaked down through the floor of the bathroom, through the ceiling into the Kitchen area below.
- Water also traveled through the exterior wall of the Kitchen, traveling between the sheetrock and the plastic vapor barrier in the wall. A little water made it to the Basement.
- Using a moisture meter, the plywood subfloor in the bathroom is wet, the sheetrock Kitchen ceiling is wet, and the sheetrock on the exterior wall above the cabinetry of the Kitchen is wet.
- Servpro was brought in within hours of the event and set up fans, injector blower unit, and dehumidifiers.
- We are monitoring the drying and it is measurably improving.
- The question is whether we will need to remove Kitchen cabinets to ensure that the area between the sheetrock and the vapor barrier is drying properly, or if moisture is trapped in there and must be opened up to facilitate drying.
Okay, so this is my question regarding the use of a thermal imaging device:
- Would a thermal camera help determine a temperature difference between the wet and dry areas of the sheetrock that is behind the Kitchen cabinets and tile backspash?
- The water event happened about 2 days ago, so the temperature of the water will probably be the same as the drywall.
- Fans are blowing on the area, an industrial dehumidifier is running in the Kitchen, and the inside temperature has been turned up to about 71 degrees for the last 2 days. The temperature outside has been a steady 40 degrees the entire time.
- From my limited understanding of interpreting thermal images, it seems to me like a thermal image would not help with this situation since the dry sheetrock and the damp sheetrock would be very similar, if not exactly the same, in temperature.
Any thoughts on this besides don’t leave a shower running unattended, ever?