WHY CHOOSE THERMAL IMAGING SURVEY?
Thermal Imaging allows detecting infrared radiation (heat) emitted by objects with a temperature above absolute zero. With a thermographic camera, which is similar to a camcorder, it is possible to get an image of the surrounding area without visible illumination and to detect variations in temperature, as warm objects stand out of the cooler ones. This technology has a wide range of applications in such different fields as military, medicine or building construction, where it is used to find structural problems in a building. InfraScan is a leading expert on the application of this technology to building diagnostic.
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Air leakage & heat loss
Air leakage & heat loss: Air leaks in a building can lead to higher energy consumption and other problems such as ventilation and condensation, resulting in a poor indoor air quality. Condensation caused by an air leak can also cause structural deterioration and create a good environment for mold development on interior walls, floors or ceilings. With thermal imaging it is possible to detect the pattern of cold air coming through these surfaces that causes a difference of temperature and locate moisture. Once the moisture’s source identified, it is only a matter of get the right professional to eliminate that spot of moisture before it gets more problematic.
Thermal Imaging can locate deposits in pipes or radiators that may cause an inefficient operation of the radiating system. The technology is also useful to locate leaking pipes underground, such as leaking water pipes from domestic wells. A scan of the sector will show the spots with excess water in a different color than dry areas, hence the origin of the leak.
A blower door test changes the air pressure of the interior in relation to the exterior. Air from the outside will enter then at a different temperature, thus visible through a thermographic camera, through cracks and holes in the structure of the dwelling which will be then easily located to perform an accurate repair later. Thermal Imaging is also used to locate thermal bridges, which is how areas with less insulation due to the presence of a metal fastener, concrete beam, slab or column are called. As the level of conductivity is higher than the energy-conserving materials surrounding, heat escapes through these spaces. Several solutions are offered in the market to stop this problem.
By increasing the temperature in a given area, materials that are damp will be visible through thermal imaging because they change temperature at a slower rate than dry materials, so the exact damaged section will be found to be repaired.
Under the right conditions, the difference of temperature of a surface with moisture can be detected by thermal imaging, as it will appear differently than the dry areas. Wet insulation is a great environment for mold to develop, as it takes a long time to dry, hence the importance of a timely repair of the damaged area.
A part of a dwelling lacking insulation will show a different color when analyzed with thermal imaging than the parts properly insulated due to a difference on temperature. The identification of a section without insulation will allow a prompt correction of the problem.
Thermal imaging can provide with an image of your foundation in minutes. It will detect any difference of temperature caused by evaporative moisture that cools the surface of the material. Then, there is an opportunity to address the issue before it develops into a more serious problem such as water filtration.
Thermal imaging can be used to trace leaks and even to locate places that get damped and are not visible to the naked eye before they start to leak. An easier and inexpensive solution can be found at this point, before the damage becomes bigger.
Thermal imaging will locate areas where moisture accumulates and will show condensation, infiltration and leakages in walls and windows, all of which are surfaces where mold will develop given the appropriate levels of moisture.
Dangerous electrical work
When electricity flows through an electric circuit, heat is generated. If there is a problem that generates high heat, such as too high current flow or a high resistance maybe due to looseness, tightness or corrosion, thermal imaging will detect that extra heat before a big problem arises, thus allowing timely reparation. Thermal imaging is the essential part of a preventive maintenance program designed to avoid property, product or other kind of losses.
Overheating mechanical equipment
Thermal imaging captures the temperature of motors, gearboxes, transformers…revealing the existence of any overheated area that might indicate a malfunctioning spot. For example, in motors inadequate airflow, shaft coupling problems or impending bearing failure are some of the problems that can be diagnosed with thermal imaging. On a pump, a difference of temperature along a seal can mean a working failure. Early location of problems will save you expensive repairs.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Even if thermal imaging has been around for years, it has become popular just recently in the construction industry because of the cost and extensive training required for proper use and accurately interpretation of the data. At InfraScan, all of our thermographers are trained, certified and have an extensive experience in performing dependable examinations of residential, commercial and industrial buildings. We have years of experience and hundreds of satisfied clients.
Thermal imaging will save you time and labor costs as it allows the precise identification of a problem and its origin even at a very early stage, when serious damage has not been inflicted yet. It also provides confirmation of a successful repair of the above-mentioned problems. It can also be an important part of a preventive program for electrical and mechanical equipment that can save you time, money and headaches. Do not hesitate any more to contact InfraScan to receive a solution tailored to your needs.
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