Project Type: Hurricane Response Mold and Water Intrusion Investigation
Client: Engineering Firm, Brandon, FL
Assignment: Remedial Action Work Plan, Design and Implementation (Construction)
In response to Hurricane Irma, AEI was retained to perform moisture mapping of large commercial and residential buildings throughout Florida. AEI technicians performed moisture mapping on over one hundred hurricane damaged buildings. Our technicians utilized moisture meters and thermal imaging equipment to identify areas within subject buildings that required additional drying time, full removal and/or mold remediation. AEI then prioritized each work area and developed remediation plans that would remove identified hazards, alleviate indoor health problems, and minimize the legal liability of building owners from building occupants.
An extensive evaluation was performed at each site on a room by room basis in order to determine the effectiveness of the desiccant dehumidifiers installed to dry the buildings. Thermal imaging was used to detect moisture located behind interior walls, ceilings and floor coverings. The temperature difference created by the presence of moisture
on the inside surface of a wall will appear differently than the surrounding area. The infrared inspection is a fast, non-invasive method to discover moisture intrusion within the building envelope providing a substantial savings to our client. After identifying moisture affected areas, AEI used a hygro-thermometer instrument/pen to measure the inter-relation of air and moisture within the subject building allowing our client to adjust the desiccant dehumidifiers to optimal settings.
Upon achieving acceptable moisture limits, AEI provided a full report to the client documenting the means and methods utilized and analytical data indicating the building was safe for re-occupation. AEI was able to reduce cost and downtime for our client by identifying areas that could be dried in place in lieu of large-scale interior demolition