INFRARED THERMAL INSPECTIONS
WHY USE INFRARED?
Oftentimes when a substantial difference in the surface temperature of a building and the ambient air exists, then areas of the wall that are wet will have a different surface temperature. Different areas of surface temperature can be observed on a thermal camera. These differences can sometimes help identify moisture leakage, overheating electrical components, or missing insulation. While thermal cameras have limitations and are not magic devices, the thermal camera has proven to be another valuable diagnostic tool to use when the conditions are right. Here are some examples of recent observations during inspections:
Ceiling leak below a chimney in a bedroom.
Ceiling leak below a roof valley in a bedroom.
Wall leak below a window in a bedroom.
Overheated electrical breaker in an electrical panel. 193 degrees is too hot for a breaker.
Wet floor from basement water leak under carpet.
Overheated main breaker in an electrical panel. 303 degrees is dangerously hot and an likely fire hazard.
Overheated electrical breaker in an electrical panel.
Shower pan leak above a breakfast room ceiling.
Basement wall leak behind drywall.
Overheated main buss in an electrical panel.
Leak below a window in a bedroom.
Ceiling leak from shower pan leak of a second story bathoom shower
Basment wall leak.
Basment leak on the wall from the ceiling.
Ceiling leak from leaking hot water pipe in a wall. The pipe had been damaged by a wall nail.