Thermal Imaging & Water Detection Services
For many of our clients either concerned about, or who have suffered water damage, thermal imaging technology allows us to locate hidden moisture invisible or unreachable by the naked eye. Thermal imaging uses infrared technology to locate hidden moisture in building materials which cannot be seen by the naked eye. Under normal conditions, water is naturally colder than the surrounding materials in a building. The thermal camera uses heat readings to locate where the moisture is in the structure, without any damage to the walls or other structural materials.
Thermal imaging inspections can pinpoint exactly where the water damage is, so that drying equipment can be precisely directed, allowing us to dry the building faster and more efficiently.Thermal imaging can also help find leaking duct work, roof leaks, or small pipe leaks inside of walls. Shower pan leaks, which are very common, can be determined with a thermal imaging inspection as well.Thermal imaging is also used during the course of a water damage restoration to increase the effectiveness of the equipment placement, and along with other equipment readings, to determine that the structure is fully dry.
When it comes to water damage, a quick and accurate diagnosis is critical to successful remediation. To get the process off on the right track, DRYOUTpro PLUS includes thermal imaging as part of our comprehensive emergency response and remediation services.
What is Thermal Imaging?
Thermal imaging is an inspection and diagnostic tool used in a variety of applications including water losses. This technology is also known as infrared imaging or infrared thermograpy. It is a non-invasive technique used to produce pictures from the invisible thermal radiation that objects exude. Infrared is defined as an invisible portion of the light spectrum that extends from 0.75 to 1000 microns. All objects warmer than absolute zero give off energy within that range. The warmer the object, the brighter it may appear in a thermal image.
How does Thermal Imaging Detect Moisture?
When an object or material becomes wet, its physical properties of heat and cool change. In other words, the temperature of wet material becomes different from the temperature of the surrounding dry material. A thermal imaging camera can detect the temperature difference created by moisture. Visually, the temperature of a wet area appears differently than the surrounding dry area in a thermal image.
How do Thermal Imaging Cameras Work?
A thermal imaging camera works like a video camera. In simple terms, it is a matter of turning on the camera, scanning the area in question and snapping still images. The images, which appear in gray scale or color on the camera screen, are downloaded to a computer and customized via special software for reporting.purposes.