Infrared imaging is especially helpful in locating potential problems like electrical hazards, water leaks, or heat loss before they cause damage. Our trained and certified thermographer can assist by identifying missing insulation or plumbing, electrical and structural issues. We help pinpoint issues, such as moisture intrusion, insulation loss, and energy efficiency without the need for unnecessary work being done. This equals cost savings!
Often water intrusion occurs in areas that are not readily observable. When a stain does appear, it is usually only a small indication of a much larger area of concern. That area of concern is where mold and decay exists or will develop if the issue is not addressed. Infrared imaging can identify water intrusion before it appears visually and results in an expensive repair.
How It Works
Water and moisture affect surface temperature. As water evaporates, it cools and provides a unique thermal signature. That difference in temperature is visible with infrared imaging. Since water and moisture are often the basis of mold growth in commercial and residential structures, early detection and correction saves more than just money – it can save the building.
How We Can Help
Contractors can only guess at the location or source of water intrusion since water can travel a great distance before ever showing visual evidence. With infrared thermography we can pinpoint the exact source of moisture. This helps your contractor focus their efforts in specific locations which saves you both time and money.
Defective, loose, overloaded, and malfunctioning electrical system components can easily be identified by infrared imaging, without the need for service interruption, or disconnecting components. We can safely image your home or business to determine any issues. This enables you to direct your electrical contractor to focus on specific areas of concern, rather then spend time troubleshooting, resulting in savings.
Missing or settled insulation can increase heating and cooling costs in homes and commercial buildings as well as creating occupant discomfort and even moisture issues. Once the finished walls, ceilings, and floors are installed, identifying missing or settled insulation is impractical and often impossible without destructive measures being taken.
Infrared imaging makes it possible to identify missing and settled insulation, eliminating the need for unnecessary repairs.
The use of infrared imaging for roof inspections has become an economical and proven method of maintaining flat roofs so commonly found in commercial, industrial, institutional, and office building structures. Roof leaks develop due to factors associated with installation, design, and neglected maintenance. Damage caused by a flat roof leak can be quite substantial and costly. A leak in a low sloped flat roof will often go unnoticed as the insulation between the roof deck and the building envelope absorbs much of the moisture. When moisture and water enters a commercial flat roof system, it often becomes trapped and can remain beneath the commercial roof covering for years. This causes the roof materials (including decking, insulation, and covering) to degrade rapidly and fail prematurely, resulting in enormous replacement costs. Infrared Imaging of commercial flat roofs, can show exactly where the moisture is entering, and how far it has infiltrated.
Ideally, roofs should be inspected and surveyed shortly after installation to establish a baseline report. A well designed and maintained roof can be inspected every 3 to 5 years, but ideal maintenance and best cost savings are realized with annual inspections. Infrared roof inspections are also recommended, and should be performed after major weather events such as high winds, hail storms, heavy snows, and severe thunderstorms. If an active leak is present or observed inside your house, by using infrared imaging on your home inspection we can help to locate the source and determine the extent of damage before repair costs spiral upward.
Residential and commercial buildings often have issues which can be very difficult to diagnose and fix even for the most experienced contractors. These issues can include energy loss from issues with insulation and the building envelope; excessive air leakage or infiltration; moisture and water damage from leaks and condensation; weather related damage to roof systems, poor HVAC performance; Indoor air quality issues caused by mold growth, and construction defects or shortfalls. Most of the time these issues, their causes, and implications cannot be observed until after the fact. Infrared imaging is an invaluable tool that allows home owners, building owners and contractors the ability to locate these problems quickly and completely, thus enabling damage to be contained and costs controlled.