Thermal Imaging

We are a specialized thermal imaging company that scans, inspects, evaluates and produces customized reports for commercial, institutional, residential, industrial and municipal clients.

What is Thermal Imaging?

“Infrared thermography is the process of acquisition and analysis of thermal information from non-contact thermal imaging devices” – ITC Training Center

 

The light we see with our eyes is really a very small portion of what is called the electromagnetic spectrum.   Our eyes relay to us only what is happening in the visible portion of this spectrum.  Thermal imaging cameras detect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms.  This radiation is dependent on the temperature of the object and some characteristics of its surface.  As an object increases its temperature the infrared emissive power increases as well.

 

The military originally used the advanced technology of thermal imaging.  Now residential and commercial property inspections can benefit from the technology of infrared thermal cameras. 

Infrared Applications

 

We offer a wide range of infrared imaging services, including:

 

Infrared Building Scan

A building envelope analysis can be used to detect:

  • Missing, damaged or wet insulation

  • Moisture behind walls

  • Air infiltration

  • Radiant floor heat piping

  • Leaky duct work.

 

Leaks in building envelopes, moisture, areas of insufficient insulation and poor quality of building construction can be costly for building owners.  Infrared cameras help to quickly and easily identify these problem areas in a non-invasive manor. 

Roof Moisture Surveys

Infrared cameras are particularly well suited to detect moisture that is trapped under the roof membrane.  An infrared roof moisture survey is the most efficient and cost-effective method to detect moisture under the roofing membrane.

 

Because water has a higher thermal conductivity than the roof insulation, heat flow is greater through wet insulation in turn causing increased heating and cooling costs.  Wet insulation can also cause condensation to form which is a hazard to the interior of the building and any equipment in the building.

 

In the past roof moisture surveys were completed by cutting holes in the roof and using a moisture meter.  What previously required many costly hours and many holes in the roof can now be completed quickly, accurately and economically using an infrared camera.

 

Some of the advantages of infrared roof surveys are:

  • Quickly, economically and accurately detect roof moisture problems

  • If the roof is sound it negates unnecessary holes being cut in the roof

  • Identify small problems before they become larger more serious problems.

Infrared Electrical Inspections

In electrical systems, excessive heat is a sign of impending trouble. Infrared electrical inspections are an effective and efficient technique for surveying electrical equipment for poor connections, deteriorated components, or overloaded circuits.  The most effective method of maintaining any electrical system is to detect potential problems before they become serious and take corrective action to prevent any issues. 

 

Routine infrared inspections of electrical equipment are a valuable and cost effective preventative maintenance tool whereby early corrective action may be taken to prevent costly shutdowns.

 

Because thermography is non-contact and non-destructive there is no need for interruption of electrical service or costly shutdown. 

 

An infrared electrical scan should be scheduled every twelve months in order to locate any potential problems and prevent unnecessary failures.  This annual inspection can increase safety and be used by insurance companies to access the potential risk.  If you are asked to conduct an infrared electrical inspection or just want to perform the inspection as part of a responsible preventative maintenance program please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Infrared scan showing an overloaded electrical panel breaker.

Residential infrared scans are an accurate and cost-effective method to determine possible defects in residential construction. This can be used for:

  • Pre and Post renovation inspections

  • Pre-purchase

  • Warranty Inspection

Residential

A thermal imaging audit will allow you to get more detailed information about the home you own or the home you are about to buy.  An infrared home inspection can be used to detect many issues that are not visible to the naked eye, such as:

  • Hidden water problems

  • Missing or poorly installed insulation

  • Areas of energy loss

  • Evaluation of the heating system

 

  • Possible rodent or pest infestation

  • Broken seal in double pane windows

  • Structural defects

 

  • Assessment of your home health. 

  • To improve your homes efficiency and personal comfort

Infrared scan showing missing insulation.