WHY CHOOSE THERMAL IMAGING SURVEY?
Thermal imaging cameras capture and measure energy that is absorbed, reflected or even transmitted by different objects. And since all things emit energy, infrared images make it easy to spot abnormalities in the surface temperatures caused by overheating equipment, leaks, water damage and cracks in the foundation. This makes them extremely useful in building envelope surveys, predictive/preventative maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment, heat loss surveys and even mold detection.
Infrared inspections offer a number of advantages; in addition to being non-contact and non-destructive, they can be conducted in less-than-perfect conditions, such as haze, smoke or even dark environments. Not to mention, thermal scans are very accurate and precise and are able to effectively detect even small amounts of heat loss. They can also see into, but not through, walls.
Thermal Image Inspection
Air leakage & heat loss
Air leakage and heat loss are one of the many things that can be detected with thermal imaging. With a thermal imaging camera, we can spot air leaks around windows and doors, as well as check the effectiveness of your insulation and other weather stripping measures. We can also check duct work for leaks and discover if insulation is missing, defective or even present.
Thermal imaging is very sensitive and will pick up on even the smallest temperature differences, making it the most effective way to identify the sources of heat loss within your home or business.
Problems such as moisture above ceilings, behind walls and under floors are not only next to impossible to detect but they’re also one of the most common problems faced by property owners. In most cases, they are only detected by the time visible damage has occurred—in other words, when it’s too late. Fittings, plumbing fixtures, pipes and appliances are all potential sources of such moisture.
Those leaks lead not only to water damage and the perfect conditions for black mold growth, but also significant water wastage and high water bills. The good news is that thermal imaging can locate moisture problems even if they are inaccessible or hidden behind walls.
Leaks are never a good thing—they will always cost you money. But with today’s advanced infrared technology, you can save time and money through quick and timely leak detection.
A thermal imaging inspection (or, home energy audit) can analyze and improve your home’s energy efficiency, thereby giving you substantial savings on your heating and electricity bills.
So how does it work? Basically, we use today’s best infrared cameras to detect exactly where indoor air is leaking out of the building and where unwanted outdoor air is entering it (i.e. through duct connections, window seals, doors, poor insulation, cracks in the foundation, and so on).
Once you get the results of your thermal imaging inspection, you can then repair the air leakage promptly and start enjoying your energy-efficient home!
It might be easy to spot water damage in the form of a wet carpet or discoloured spots on drywall or ceilings; however, oftentimes moisture accumulates behind walls as a result of a slow but steady leak, and cannot be seen with the naked eye. This water damage can result in severe damage to your building’s structure, black mold growth and compromised indoor air quality.
Thermal imaging is a technology used more and more by expert water restoration companies. It helps in the detection of hidden moisture behind walls, ceilings and floors in a quick, precise and non-invasive way.
Moisture intrusion can cause mold growth or staining, which can be identified during a basic visual inspection. However, by the time visible evidence of moisture intrusion has presented itself, significant (sometimes irreparable) damage may have already been done.
Moisture intrusion that occurs over a longer period of time can destroy building materials and belongings as well as cause uncomfortable surges in indoor humidity, damp odours and mold growth.
You can prevent this from happening by using thermal imaging to locate moisture issues before they lead to serious damage.
Have you ever noticed certain areas of your home cooler to the touch than others in the cold winter months? Maybe it’s the wall next to your bedroom window or the hardwood floor in your living room. It is very possible that these cold spots are caused by not only insufficient insulation, but also sloppy workmanship. Whatever the reason, an infrared inspection can help you to easily identify poor insulation that results in cold floors and walls (and thus energy inefficiency).
In essence, we will scan your exterior walls from the inside, looking for lower readings of temperatures. The accurate readings of our thermal imaging cameras will show exactly which walls are letting cold air into your home so that you can make the appropriate repairs.
Most problems that threaten the structural integrity of a building are more or less impossible to detect with the naked eye. It isn’t until the underlying issue has resulted in severe damage that the problems can be detected.
Thermal imaging can ensure proper workmanship during construction and identify faulty materials before they lead to hefty and costly repairs. In other words, critical parts of a building like the foundation are scanned by infrared cameras to ensure that there are no cracks that can lead to the deterioration of critical structural components.
Improper installation of roofing as well as age-related wear and tear can result in leaks and structural damage to your building’s roof. A thermal scan will inspect the condition of your roof as well as help in locating any moisture intrusion that may have occurred as a result of the damage. Hence, large commercial structures are definitely required to conduct a thermal imaging inspection.
At InfraScan, we even offer aerial inspections of your roof using modern drones and UAVs that capture precise photographs and high-resolution infrared images of your roof from the best possible angles to ensure maximum accuracy in detecting roof damage.
Mold usually occurs in areas that are typically difficult to access or even inaccessible (e.g. behind walls or in attics), resulting in a destructive and expensive inspection process. With thermal imaging inspections, however, you do not have to deal with such obstacles and inconveniences as structural tear-downs of attics, basement walls, crawl spaces and roofs in order to check for mold. Thermal imaging is therefore a non-contact, non-invasive technology that is quick and accurate at detecting mold.
A mold problem is essentially a moisture problem since mold proliferates and prospers in damp and wet conditions. As such, an infrared camera can be used in much the same way it would be used to detect moisture intrusion. Wherever there is an abnormality in the temperature readings recorded by the camera is an area worth inspecting in greater detail.
Dangerous Electrical Work
Thermal imaging cameras are considered to be an ideal tool for identifying electrical concerns as they ensure the safe and proper functioning of electrical systems. A standard infrared electrical inspection can identify problems like short circuits, overloads, poor connections and other imbalances.
In general, the heat from electrical systems is easily picked up by an infrared camera, and so, anomalies are very obvious and quick to identify during an inspection.
Overheating Mechanical Equipment
Thermal imaging inspections are ideal for identifying overheating mechanical equipment and performing predictive/preventative maintenance. They can cut costs associated with equipment repairs and equipment loss due to overheating as well as any downtime incurred during the repair process.
InfraScan has been offering reliable, top-quality infrared inspections for building diagnostics and system maintenance for nearly a decade. Over the years, our services have grown to cover commercial, industrial and residential properties all over Montreal, Quebec. We are committed to using the latest infrared technology and software, which allows us to conduct our inspections faster and give your more detailed information about your property.
Our goal is to maintain our reputation for the best quality, professionalism, and superior customer service while replying to our clients with detailed and fast answers to their inquiries.
Our thermal imaging experts are certified with Palmer Wahl Thermal Imaging Institute and have completed the following professional training programs:
- Wahl Thermal Imaging Camera and Software Operation Training
- Principles of Infrared Theory and Thermography Applications
- Wahl Heat Spy Training Program
It takes trained and experienced interpreters to read and analyze thermal images. So if you would like to get your property inspected, don’t hesitate to call an expert. Contact InfraScan today!
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