Thermal Imaging, a remarkable practice harnessing the power of infrared technology and specialized cameras, unveils the hidden realms of thermal conductivity, absorption, and evaporation within structures. Its primary purpose lies in diagnosing water or moisture intrusion, a critical concern for the integrity of buildings.
Beyond its application in moisture detection, thermal imaging proves invaluable in building diagnostics, encompassing a wide array of uses, some of which include:
- Diagnosing heating/cooling systems or in-floor heating.
- Identifying areas with missing insulation.
- Detecting overheated electrical systems or circuits.
- Unveiling the presence of pests.
- Inspecting roofs for leaks.
- Evaluating building envelopes.
However, it’s crucial to acknowledge that thermal imaging of exterior envelopes and roofs requires meticulous preparation, including factors like no rain within 72 hours, conducting the imaging later in the evening (usually after 10 pm) to allow exterior walls to acclimatize, and maximizing heating/cooling in the home well in advance to promote an even thermal signature.
The magic of an infrared camera, combined with other moisture meters, lies in its ability to isolate and pinpoint areas of concern for both homeowners and prospective buyers. This proactive approach helps mitigate the need for disruptive demolition or invasive investigations.
Moisture and condensation issues stand among the gravest threats to homes and structures, particularly in modern construction with near-airtight buildings. Undetected water damage can lead to rot, structural deterioration, damage to building finishes, and potentially hazardous mold growth, necessitating costly remediation and repairs.
With a thermal imaging/moisture inspection, homeowners can confidently minimize these risks. While this inspection stands separate from a standard home inspection, it serves as an invaluable ancillary service, available for a nominal additional cost of $75 for most homes.
Feel free to reach out to us for further information and pricing. We stand ready to shed light on the enigmatic world of thermal imaging and help safeguard the integrity of your cherished abode.