Certified Thermographer - I.T.C. - #9866
About Infrared Thermography
Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to ‘see‘ and ‘measure‘ thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or ‘heat‘ radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities.
FLIR BCAM SD
An infrared camera is a non-contact device that detects infrared energy (heat) and converts it into an electronic signal, which is then processed to produce a thermal image on a video monitor and perform temperature calculations. Heat sensed by an infrared camera can be very precisely quantified, or measured, allowing you to not only monitor thermal performance, but also identify and evaluate the relative severity of heat-related problems.
Moisture Intrusion at Window
We have added Infrared Thermal Imaging to our Mold Inspection and EIFS Inspection services. We use this tool mainly to locate and pinpoint sources of leaks and water intrusion in buildings and roofs thus eliminating the need for destructive source finding. Using Thermal Infrared Imaging method is the most effective method of locating moisture. It is most effective when performed shortly (within a few days or weeks) after a leak occurred and less effective when no moisture remains in the building material.
Moisture Intrusion behind Siding
How does it work?
The camera senses the difference in temperatures, down to fraction of a degree, and displays the differences in a gradient gray scale on the display. We can determine where the water intrusion is located and confirm the findings with a probe moisture tester when needed. With Infrared Thermal Imaging we can quickly inspect a large building, a multi-unit apartment or hotel to determine where the moisture problems are located. No need for destructive exploratory inspections by opening walls and ceilings to look for leaks! If it’s wet the camera will find it!
Wet Floor Decking
Other uses for Infrared Thermography
Missing or damaged wall and ceiling insulation
For non-destructive detection of areas of missing, moisture-laden or otherwise damaged insulation in walls, crawlspaces and attics, or around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other access plates, Infrared technology can't be beat! All of these problems can increase a building’s energy costs by allowing cold air to enter the building and heated air to escape in the winter, and the reverse in the warmer, summer months.
Faulty Electrical and Mechanical Components
Infrared cameras are very effective at detecting overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, and loose electrical connections, which all will generate heat, and can pose serious fire hazards.
The use of EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems), stone, stucco and brick veneers as facades on residential, as well as commercial buildings, invites the possibility of water intrusion if they are not properly installed. Infrared cameras can detect or verify moisture infiltration in these weatherproofing ’barrier’ systems, often the result of insufficient details such as inadequate or improperly applied flashing or sealants. In addition, IR can monitor and track moisture migration paths within the wall cavity.
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(fee’s are based on project requirements)