Our thermal imaging equipment allows for a more thorough inspection when selling or buying a home or commercial structure. Save time and money by identifying issues undetectable by the naked eye without the need for invasive and destructive diagnostic procedures.
Typical Forensic/Diagnostic Uses of Thermal Imaging include:
Even though thermal imaging equipment does not detect the moisture itself, wet and dry surfaces have different thermal properties making thermal imaging an excellent tool for identifying potential moisture problems in floors, walls, and ceilings that are not visible to the naked eye. Once identified these areas can then be tested with a moisture meter.
Moisture Equals Mold
Surfaces that remain moist for more than 72 hours can be a breeding ground for mold. After identifying these areas, further diagnostics can be performed to determine if mold is present.
An improperly insulated wall will show drastic differences in temperature across the surface. Also, it can show heat loss and cold air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows.
Stucco & EIFS Inspections
Simply because stucco and EIFS look great from the outside does not mean there are not problems beneath the surface that will cause future problems. Rot and moisture intrusion are two of the most common repair issues we see.
Wood Destroying Insect Activity
Heavy insect infestations can increase the surface temperature around the infested area. Although not always visible by our thermal equipment we can detect a much higher percentage of infestations than we could with the naked eye. Once a potential problem is identified an expert can then perform a more exhaustive and invasive inspection or eradication.
Flat Roof Inspections
Thermal imaging can often detect the precise location of a roof leak saving you thousands. If your roof is newer or in its mid-life and you have been told it needs replacement call us first. However, when the roof is approaching its life expectancy, it is best to replace it.
Loose, dirty, or defective electrical connections and devices can generate a lot of heat, in some cases enough to start a fire. Utilizing a thermal imaging device to inspect electrical panels, receptacles, and lighting fixtures can detect hot spots in the electrical system can reduce the chance a catastrophic failure. The report can also serve as a valuable asset to the electrician if a repair is necessary.
The majority of the plumbing in a home or business is hidden within the walls and beneath the flooring causing leaks to go unnoticed until there is substantial damage. Utilizing thermal imaging we can scan for heat variations, not visible to the naked eye, in, under, and around plumbing fixtures to determine if there are any signs of active leaking. If we see any anomalies, we can attempt to determine the cause and the extent of the damage.
Thermal Imaging is NOT:
A MOISTURE METER
Infrared thermal imaging merely identifies thermal anomalies or temperature variations greatly improving the detection of potential problem areas. These areas can then be diagnosed further.
AN X-RAY MACHINE
Thermal imaging equipment detects differences in surface temperature and does not allow us to see inside walls. However, because materials beneath the surface generate and/or transfer heat differently, they create temperature differences at the surface as well.