Upon entering a building, for water damage inspection, professional moisture detection equipment should be used to evaluate and document the psychometric conditions inside and outside the building, and the moisture content or levels of materials in affected and unaffected areas. Specialised Restoration Services (SRS) will inspect and document the source and time of the water intrusion and visible material deterioration, pre-existing damages and visible mould growth.
Specialised Restoration Services (SRS) will record, calculate and document moisture measurements required to adequately monitor the drying process. Specialised Restoration Services (SRS) will record and monitor the relevant moisture measurements daily; preferably the same time of the day, until drying goals are achieved. When benchmarks are not being met towards an acceptable drying goal, Specialised Restoration Services (SRS) will further investigate to identify the cause and take corrective action.
When assessing the underlying cause, consideration must be given to the two main sources of moisture in a building, which are:
- Moisture created within envelope (such as condensation, HVAC settings, low dew point temperatures, poor insulation, un-flued gas heaters, humidifiers, etc).
- Ingress from outside building envelope (including flooding, broken pipes, overflowing gutters, showers, dishwasher, fridge ice makers, garden sprinklers, etc).