Infrared Inspection

Infrared Camera / Thermography

The use of Infrared Technology is an important addition to moisture assessments and visual observations as it identifies temperature anomalies that could indicate areas with hidden sources of mold growth and water damage.

This information source should be considered an enhancement to visual observations and a screening method to investigate moisture intrusions. Additional findings of thermal anomalies may be detected which have no moisture-related connection despite the observed temperature differential. These observed anomalies could be caused by improperly installed or missing building insulation or by air entering/exiting the building.

It should be strongly emphasized that Infrared Cameras do not “see thru walls”. The camera detects thermal anomalies at the surface of a material. The unique picture generated by the camera has an interesting x-ray quality image which could mislead the layperson.

While the advancement of infrared technologies allows for a more thorough assessment of homes and buildings, these tools require correct data interpretation. Proper training in Thermography is required to educate the inspector in the collection and interpretation of the information provided by this state of the art tool.

Water and Mold Intrusion Detection

IR Home Performance Assessment

Locate Water Intrusions & Leaks

This third floor washing machine leak was located with the help of an Infrared Camera.

Locate Roof Leaks

The use of an Infrared Camera helped to define the roof leak (yellow areas) on the flat roof of this commercial building, eliminating the need for a total roof repair, and reducing the cost of repair to the impacted area only.

Locate Interior Issues

Infrared Camera Thermography can assist in pinpointing water intrusions, decreasing the guess work and related costs in opening walls to find a leak- allowing for a less costly, quicker repair of the damage. Additional issues such as missing insulation can be easily found, as well as infiltration of unwanted outdoor air, and conditioned air escaping to the outdoors.

Thermography: Technically Speaking

Heat is referred to as the transfer of electromagnetic energy, in the infrared band, through either conduction, convection, or radiation between two or more substances. The measurement of the transfer of this infrared energy is called temperature. There is no heat or temperature without this energy transfer. Infrared energy is invisible to the human eye but can be felt, sensed, and measured. Thermography is the observation of this energy using an Infrared Camera to capture the images of those anomalies, allowing the operator to locate building issues not visible to the human eye.

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