Posted in: Water Damage Repair
Thermal imaging testing is the use of heat-sensitive equipment to detect temperature variations and show that information as images. In the water damage restoration and remediation industry, it is specifically used to discover conditions that could give rise to moisture problems. As water damage is not always visible to the naked eye, professional restoration companies use thermal imaging cameras to help identify points of moisture entry into the home. This non-invasive procedure makes water damage evaluation more accurate.
Thermal imaging testing equipment focuses on the infrared radiation that is discharged by both people and objects. Infrared radiation is detected by thermal imaging cameras, which produce pictures of this energy. Since more radiation is discharged with higher temperatures, thermal imaging testing shows very clearly the contrast of warm objects against cooler ones.
Thermal imaging testing is used in water damage restoration projects to assess existing damage as well as pinpoint potential moisture issues that are imminent. Thermal imaging testing is a reliable noninvasive diagnostic procedure that is extensively used by experienced remediation professionals. It is a valuable tool for investigating and evaluating hidden wet materials. Along with other diagnostic tools of the trade, such as humidity and moisture meters, thermal imaging technology proactively reduces water damage situations as well as the cost of repairs.
When structures are being erected, proper construction and regular maintenance thereafter should be observed. As that is not always the case, thermal imaging testing can locate condensation that may lead to potential water damage issues behind walls, in the attic or on the roof. For example, equipment can show areas with insufficient or missing insulation or with air coming in through wood rot or unsealed cracks. Moreover, areas on the roof where ice dams may potentially form can be diagnosed with thermal imaging testing. Also, any pathways dug through attic insulation by unwelcome rats, squirrels and other critters can be seen with thermal imaging cameras.
Dalworth Restoration uses every proven technique to service customers. Thermal imaging cameras are extremely helpful to determine moisture and possible water damage in the home. The images show where there are temperature differences in building materials compared to their surrounding. Crews then use moisture meters to further examine and validate actual water damage. Thermal imaging testing is truly a valuable resource to help diagnose humidity, condensation and moisture problems in the home.