WHY CHOOSE THERMAL IMAGING SURVEY?
Thermal imaging and infrared cameras have various applications, ranging from leak detection and insulation diagnostics to equipment maintenance. A thermal imaging survey saves you time and money by detecting structural issues and sources of energy inefficiencies in a non-contact, non-disruptive manner, so that you won’t have tear down your walls or stop production. Since it can detect tiny differences in temperature by measuring an object’s radiation, thermal imaging makes it easy to perform non-destructive inspections in commercial buildings or homes, and helps identify and prevent many issues.
Air leakage and heat loss
The introduction of outside air in your building through cracks and openings causes unwanted air flow, condensation and moisture if not detected and properly sealed. Air leakage control is essential to ensure that moisture doesn’t build up and result in mold, rot and overall poor air quality. Air leakage also has a direct impact on your building’s energy performance by creating a loss of insulation, thereby spiking your cooling and heating bill. Thermal imaging allows quick and accurate detection of air leaks that may not be obvious to the naked eye. By finding temperature differences and controlling air pressure, our inspectors can identify air leakage paths and insulation defects, whether in commercial buildings or residential houses.
Leaks are not always noticeable due to their embedding in concrete or their location underground and behind walls. Pipe leaks can lead to serious damage and, if power in the leaky area is on, they can be extremely dangerous to anyone nearby. In addition, walls and the building’s structure can start deteriorating. And let’s not forget the health complications associated with potential mold growth and air pollution, as well as the water or gas bill. Luckily, thermal imaging offers the most effective way of detecting pipe leaks by locating small and large sources of leaks without damaging your walls or equipment. Our thermal imaging cameras allow us to quickly find leaks without causing physical damage to your property—this includes leaks behind walls, under concrete slabs and manually inaccessible surfaces.
Poor insulation or building envelope leaks put additional stress on mechanical heating systems and cause an increase in energy consumption. Given that a substantial part of a building’s energy goes to its heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, water intrusion, unintentional air flow and heat loss through the envelope is a major cause of energy inefficiency with negative implications on both energy costs and the environment. Thermal imaging provides quick identification of problematic areas and identifies sources of energy inefficiency such as insulation leaks and variations in the building’s skin, roofing damage that is not visible to the naked eye, and heating malfunctions. It provides evidence of where to improve and helps reduce energy-related costs.
Water intrusion gives rise to mold growth and creates moisture problems. If left unchecked, it can cause serious damage to a building’s structure, wood rot, or equipment rust. Thermal imaging shows water damage and moisture buildup, allowing our auditors to detect water intrusion in a non-contact, non-disruptive manner.
Moisture intrusion through insulation, roofs, pipes leaks or cracks in foundation is associated with mold growth in both commercial buildings and homes. As a result, structural damage can occur due to soaked building materials and insulation, not to mention health issues resulting from the development of black mold. If performed under the right conditions, infrared imaging may be used to find moisture behind walls and within your building’s structure.
Insulation defects lead to significant energy loss and an increase in your energy bill as the heat escapes through ceiling, floors and walls. As dampness increases, mold may also start to grow, posing safety and health threats. To protect yourself from these threats, you can get a thermal imaging scan to detect temperature differences in your building envelope, reveal missing, wet or damaged insulation, and ultimately identify sources of heat loss.
One of the ways to ensure dry living conditions in a building is to notice unconcealed cracks and openings in the foundation and fix them. Finding foundation cracks is important so that action can be taken before water seeps into your home and causes major property damage. Luckily, foundation cracks can be effectively detected with thermal imaging. Infrared cameras find fractures and damaged foundation that are concealed behind concrete; they also find moisture within the concern by showing temperature differences between wet and dry surfaces.
Damaged roofs can have a variety of complications: ceiling tiles may fall off or water accumulation and leaks may cause wet insulation, leading to higher energy costs and bacteria/mold growth. Water intrusion through the roof causes interior damage and, if not noticed and repaired, results in rusting of metal equipment or wood rotting. Infrared thermography detects anomalies, tears, cuts, failed caps or poor seals long before effects start manifesting in a building. Costs related to roof repairs can be significantly reduced with regular roof scans, which can also prevent equipment down time or production losses in a non-destructive and effective way. Thermal cameras identify and mark the exact location of wet areas on the roof, allowing specific repairs to be made without changing the whole roof.
Excessive mold levels can directly affect indoor air quality of commercial buildings and residential homes, causing health problems that can take the form of allergic reactions or asthma. One of the main causes of mold growth, water and moisture accumulation can be detected effectively with thermal imaging. Infrared inspections will show roof and pipes leaks that may cause water accumulation and are a fast and non-invasive way of finding moisture buildup that leads to mold growth.
Overheating mechanical equipment
Since overheating electrical/mechanical components are a sign of impending failure, finding them in early stages allows you to locate defect components before fire or equipment loss happen. Overheating equipment is often detected too late and damage to components is often missed. Thermal imaging offers full diagnostics of the situation without equipment interruption or power plant shutoff and is considered a critical part of predictive maintenance.
Located on the northern bank of the Ottawa River, right across from the national capital, Gatineau is Quebec’s fourth largest city. Because of its unique geographical position and cultural advantages as one of Canada’s most bilingual and educated cities, it is a dynamic place that invites new business opportunities and attracts more residents and visitors every year. If you are a property owner or facility manager, thermal imaging inspections are the fastest and most reliable approach for building diagnostics as well as equipment maintenance. With years of experience in the domain of thermal imaging surveys, Infrascan now offers its comprehensive infrared inspections for commercial, industrial and residential properties in the Gatineau region.
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We provide fast and accurate thermal imaging surveys according to our clients’ needs. Our certified thermographers have years of experience and training in interpreting and reading infrared images. We use the latest thermal imaging equipment and software to find problems with the highest degree of precision and without any sort of damage or interruption of production.
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