If you’ve ever had to deal with water damage in your home, you know that it can be an unpleasant experience, to say the least. You know that the brown spot on your ceiling, or the dripping water you put a bucket under is not always the source of the problem. Since water tends to find a way into or around nearly every object, it can travel for many feet before it shows up in a noticeable location. That means that the real source of the problem can be a lot farther away than you might suspect.
Instead of tearing up the wall or ceiling to backtrack the flow of a water leak, you might consider having a home inspection professional help you out with thermal imaging. In some cases, infrared imaging can be used to identify the temperature changes caused by leaking water, tracing it to the source of the leak without requiring any excavation of your finishes.