Infrared Inspections | Master Building Inspectors
How can this technology be useful?
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 often leak undetected until major damage has occurred. We can scan in, under, and around plumbing fixtures in the home to 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 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 which 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 issues.
Wood Destroying Insect Activity
Significant wood destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat generated by active infestations. 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 a more invasive or technically exhaustive inspection can be carried out by the appropriate professional.
We do not currently specialize in performing energy audits, but thermal imaging has been a great tool to help homeowners save money. Heat loss and/or cold air influx can be detected and corrective actions can be taken to help improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial structures.
Once you identify the energy wasting areas, then changes make a dramatic difference in energy consumption which means less money out of pocket.
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 can be used to detect the precise location of the leak and mark the affected area so that repairs can be made to the leaking area. Obviously, if the roof is older than 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 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 hired to address the identified issues.
Abnormal heating associated 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 an abnormally high resistance in the circuit or abnormally high current flow, It generates abnormal high heat which is wasteful, potentially damaging and not normal.
Infrared electrical inspections find hot spots caused by defects in connections and components. We normally use Infrared thermography to find areas of excess heat (cause of increased resistance) so that we can correct the problem before a component fails, causing damage to the component, creating safety hazards. As well as, 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?
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.
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.
The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT a silver bullet solution. But when if we use it in conjunction with other technologies thermal imaging can help us identify issues that we can rarely identify during the limited visual home inspection process.
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 are helpful. Because it identifies anomalies then you can 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.
Contact Master Building Inspectors for your thermal imaging inspection. Another option would be to get a regular real estate inspection for your Columbus home. We welcome you to contact us or feel free to go ahead and Schedule Your Inspection Now.
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