If you’re interested in getting a thermal image inspection on your home or business, it’s important that you have a small understanding of how thermal imaging works and what you’re actually getting for your money. Everything you see around you, be it a wall, car, wood, heater, fridge (everything) has a certain temperature and they all emit waves of energy called “thermal radiation” (IR). The hotter the object, the more energy it emits. A thermal imaging camera interoperates these waves of energy into a viewable image seen on the camera. The images will indicate as a “heat picture” of the object the camera is pointed at. On the actual screen of our thermal imaging camera, hotter objects appear white as cooler objects will appear black, and objects in between theses temperatures on our scale will reflect all various temperatures of the palate indicating various temperatures in that range. Technically speaking, no imaging cameras can actually “see through” solid materials. Our cameras can only see the temperature differences of any given surface.
Here at Thermal Tech we use the E50xb Flir thermal imaging camera to do our inspections, along with Flir Tools reports software for the most up to date processes available. With both of these tools at our disposal we are confident not only in the ability to provide the most accurate and professional inspection services possible. More importantly our report processes will highlight all thermal and digital images, including all other documented descriptions necessary to educate our clients to the fullest of all critical information regarding their home or business. We are Level 1 Infrared Training Center Certified and pride ourselves on the focus of continuous education and seminar involvement.
Relative humidity is the percent of moisture that air contains relative to the maximum amount of moisture that air could contain at a certain temperature. Warmer air can contain more moisture than colder air.
There are three ways to reduce humidity in a building:
- Increase ventilation
- Increase temperature
- Provide dehumidification
Indoor water may come from various sources including: plumbing – pipe breaks, overflowed toilets, sinks, tubs, occupants, concrete wall and floors, building materials (especially when the building is new).
Outdoor sources include: rain, snow, flooding, and human traffic. We all know what water or moisture leaks look like when we can visually see the damaging effects with our own eyes. Normally by then it will cost you money to repair. With the aide of thermal imaging, we can identify the problems and areas before they take a big chunk out of your pocket book.
All roofs leak, it’s only a matter of time and when they do, they can cause inconvenience at best, and a health and property hazard at worst. Water leaking into roof systems causes increased heating and cooling costs, increased weight of the roof system, and increased deterioration of the roof materials.
Infrared imaging can detect roof moisture in the insulation because water retains heat longer than most other materials. We take preventative measures with most of the things we do and own, why is your home or business any different?
First of all what is a building? In general terms we can define it as any structure designed or intended for the support, enclosure, shelter, or protection of person’s animals, or property of any kind having a permanent roof supported by columns or walls. Buildings have several discreet purposes for the occupant. Provide a comfortable environment for the occupant, keep moisture out, keep noise out, and keep insects and vermin out. Thermal Image Inspections support just that, with focus on the detection of insulation voids, air leakage, structural defects, poor workmanship, and moisture ingress.
We will enter your home or business using very sensitive thermal imaging cameras including moisture meters, at that time we will conduct a thorough physical inspection of that space documenting all anomalies. What are we looking for? Regarding buildings inspections, moisture is very important to control in a building as it affects human comfort, air quality and heating / cooling costs. Moisture is the single most important factor that causes buildings to deteriorate. These are several sources of building moisture: humidity, condensation, exterior water infiltration, internal water infiltration, and people. When value is of concern, what better value than to take every precaution regarding the most expensive investment you’ll make, your home or business! Contact us today to get your thermal imaging inspection scheduled.