Moisture Detection in Walls and Ceilings
Thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identify water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. By detecting the difference in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a limited visual home inspection. It is also great at identifying areas where the insulation contractor failed to insulate adequately.
Water leaks from the plumbing system are often undetected until major damage has occurred. We can scan in, under, and around plumbing fixtures in the home. That is how we determine if there is active leaking going on. Since this tool is not a moisture meter, we will use it to find heat anomalies. And then we pursue the issue further to attempt to determine the source and cause of the leak.
Thermal image scanning can detect temperature anomalies in the plumbing system not visible to the naked eye. It may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting Thermal Image Scan report can be a great aid for the repair plumber to address the identified issues.
Wood-Destroying Insect Activity
This technology can detect significant wood-destroying insect activity due to the heat that the active infestations produce. That’s right. Active termite activity produces a great deal of heat that is often visible to the infrared camera. Minor activity may not be detectable, but areas not normally visible to the naked eye can be identified. And then, an appropriate professional can carry out a more invasive or technically exhaustive inspection.
We do not currently specialize in performing energy audits. But thermal imaging has been a great tool to help homeowners save money. It can detect heat loss and/or cold air influx and then do corrective actions to help improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial structures.
Once we identify the energy-wasting areas, then changes can be made to make a dramatic difference in energy consumption, which means less money out of pocket.
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Flat Roof Inspections
If you have a leak on a new-to-mid-life flat roof and have been told that a roof is needed, then call us first. We may be able to save you a substantial amount of money. Thermal imaging detects the precise location of the leak. Then we’ll mark the leaking area, which needs appropriate repairs. Obviously, if the roof is older, then you should forego the thermal imaging and invest in the needed new roof.
Loose or dirty electrical connections and other electrical anomalies can cause power outages and possible fires. We can inspect the electrical panels and receptacles to detect issues before there is a costly outage. Thermal imaging can also detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye, which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting report can be a great aid for the repair electrician to address the issues.
Abnormal heating with high resistance or excessive current flow is the main cause of many problems in electrical systems. Infrared thermography allows us to see these invisible thermal signatures of impending damage before the damage occurs. When current flows through an electric circuit, part of the electrical energy is converted into heat energy. This is normal. But, if there is abnormally high resistance in the circuit or abnormally high current flow, it generates high heat, which is wasteful, potentially damaging, and not normal.
Infrared electrical inspections find hot spots caused by defects in connections and components. Infrared thermography is used to find areas of excess heat (caused by increased resistance) so that problems can be corrected before a component fails, causing damage to the component and creating safety hazards and productivity loss. Because increased heating is a sign of failure, infrared is the best diagnostic tool available for finding these hot connections in the early stages of degeneration.
What Thermal Image Scanning is NOT?
MOISTURE METER – The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT a moisture meter. It simply identifies thermal anomalies. This device greatly aids in identifying areas that need further investigation.
X-RAY VISION – The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT an X-ray vision scope. It does not provide the user with an immediate Superman S on their chest with the ability to clearly see inside walls. Instead, it identifies thermal differences.
SILVER BULLET – The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT a silver bullet solution. But if we use it in conjunction with other technologies, thermal imaging would help us identify issues that the limited visual home inspection process rarely identifies.
RISK ELIMINATOR – The infrared thermal imaging camera does NOT completely remove the risks of concealed damage.
PLEASE NOTE: It is deceptive to claim that thermal imaging detects moisture because the best that it can do is detecting thermal differences. Using the infrared camera to help discover moisture issues is helpful. Once it identifies the anomalies then we will use moisture meters and other diagnostic tools to identify the source of the anomaly.
MOISTURE EQUALS MOLD – Whenever a leak and moist conditions exist longer than 72 hours, then mold can form. This fact is a reality and the infrared camera can quickly, and in a non-invasive manner, help identify these issues. But remember, the infrared camera identifies the heat signatures and does not measure the moisture content.