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Old 08-07-2008, 06:28 PM   #1
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How or who do I call to do leak testing in my house? I'm looking for air and insulation leaks, and incidentally water leaks if air is leaking.

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Pre-purchase home inspection companies (the good ones) will have thermal imaging capabilites. They use a thermal camera to search for hot/cold spots in the walls, and they're incredibly effective. You simply walk around the room with the thermal camera aimed at the floor, walls, ceilings, and other features and you can see right into them based on their heat signature.

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There is also a way to find drafts on your own.

Just take a cotton shoe lace, cut the plastic tip off and light it. Once it's burning under it's own steam, blow out the flame so that the shoelace smolders, releasing a steady stream of smoke as it does.

Use that as a poor man's smoke pencil to check for air leaking in or out around electrical boxes, baseboards, window frames, door frames, etc.
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to check for air leaking in or out around electrical boxes, baseboards, window frames, door frames, etc.
I'd think you have to first pressurize the house with a strong fan. . .?
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