Use of a FLIR E6 IR Camera – Infrared Thermography
YOU CANNOT INSPECT WHAT YOU CANNOT SEE
Peace of Mind Inspection Services utilizes the latest technology to evaluate commercial and residential properties. Our inspectors are certified in infrared thermography, which is a non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings. A thermal imaging camera identifies patterns of heat loss that are invisible to the naked eye.
We pride ourselves for staying on the leading edge of technology to provide our clients with the best inspection possible and TOTAL PEACE OF MIND
Infrared Thermography allows us to enhance the inspection process by detecting following potential problem areas:
Detection and Visualization of Air Infiltration and Exfiltration
Adequate air exchange is essential for the occupants’ health and safety, but most buildings have a far higher rate of air exchange than is necessary. The root cause is often poor design and/or construction which allows air leakage from the inside to outside of the building, or the opposite. The leakage pathway is often complex and, without thermal imaging, extremely difficult to visualize. This also allows us to quickly identify and note the problem areas.
All new buildings must meet air tightness requirements of the Building Regulations. By reducing
air leakage, you will obtain a better comfort in the building. The building can also be heated more efficiently to conserve energy and save money.
Thermal Imaging for Building Diagnostics
Poor or inadequate insulation, moisture, building envelop leaks, and substandard work are costly to residential and commercial building owners. An infrared camera can help us quickly see where energy efficiency can be improved. The infrared image shows insulation issues on a house facade causing severe energy losses.
Thermal Imaging for HVAC & Plumbing
A “whole building” approach is needed to maximize energy efficiency of a building or a home. Indoor environment can be compromised by poor insulation, poorly sealed windows and doors, inadequate or poorly sealed ductwork, plumbing leaks, or other plumbing issues relating to Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. In this image, an inspection of a ceiling heating system shows several hot spots.
Thermal Imaging for Moisture & Restoration
From start to finish, our inspections can help you simplify your restoration and remediation jobs. An infrared inspection helps you pinpoint water intrusion, find moisture beneath the surface, and document dryness with accuracy and confidence. In this infrared image, the deteriorated areas of the roof are clearly shown at the time of inspection.
Moisture intrusion and potential mold in walls and ceilings – water intrusion
IR thermal imaging is much faster, noninvasive, and provides evidentiary-quality, intuitively understandable data having a much higher degree of accuracy and reliability than other moisture detection technologies used to trace the source and scope of water damage, and thus potential mold in buildings. Once the IR camera identifies areas with thermal differences, a moisture meter can be used to confirm that they represent moisture.
Missing or damaged insulation
An IR camera can quickly and non-destructively detect areas of missing, moisture-laden or otherwise damaged insulation in walls, crawlspaces and attics or around doors, windows, electrical outlets and other access plates. All of these problems can increase a building’s energy costs by allowing cold air to enter the building and heated air to escape in the winter, and the reverse in the warmer, summer months. IR can also identify poorly or un-insulated pipes, another source of costly heat loss.
Faulty electrical – Electrical Hot Spots
Infrared cameras are very effective at detecting overloaded circuits, faulty wiring, and loose electrical connections, which generate heat, and can pose serious fire hazards. IR can detect thin spots in furnace heat exchangers and flues, mechanical problems such as worn, under-lubricated pumps, motors, and bearings in fans, compressors, and furnaces, electrical faults, refrigerant leaks and blockages in HVAC components, another source of costly energy waste.
Mechanical and HVAC systems and components – Energy Efficiency
Roof leaks can cause costly damage to a building’s contents and discomfort to its inhabitants. An infrared inspection can quickly identify missing or moisture-soaked insulation under a flat roof membrane where the insulation needs replacement, permitting the surgical repair of failed areas rather than the much more costly replacement of the entire roof.
The increased use of EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) and stone, stucco, brick veneers and siding as facades on residential as well as commercial buildings invites the possibility of water intrusion if they are not properly installed. IR can detect or verify moisture infiltration in these weatherproofing ‘barrier’ systems, usually the result of insufficient detailing such as inadequate or improperly applied flashing or sealants. In addition, IR can monitor and track moisture migration paths within the wall cavity.
After fires, IR can quickly locate remnant hot spots, assuring the fire is completely extinguished and provide invaluable data for insurance companies’ Cause and Origin investigations. The clear IR images of normally invisible diagnostic evidence can assist in the planning and execution of the restoration effort and in the settlement process.
Termite Inspection & Other Pest
Although considered cold-blooded creatures, termites are hosts to bacteria, which help break down and digest cellulose, the main ingredient of the wood they digest. The digestion process generates heat, and when large numbers of termites in nests congregate, a substantial amount of heat is concentrated in one area. As this heat moves through the walls or floor of a building, it changes the normal heat patterns of the walls, floors, roof voids etc. The thermal image camera records these changes in heat patterns, this allows the trained inspector to interpret and understand the images found rather like a radiographer understands a x ray and determine where the location of the termite activity is.
The images are shown in color with hot spots detected as seen in the examples on thermal photos section. Thermal termite inspections differs from a standard termite inspection because it gives the inspector the ability to detect thermal anomalies before the signs become visible to the naked eye. Although the standard termite inspection is slightly cheaper, it does not always allow us to view the beginning stages of a termite infestation.
Termites generate a heat source and as such are detected by Thermal imagery. All objects emit infrared radiation as a function of temperature, infrared energy is generated by the vibration and rotation of atoms and molecules, the higher the temperature the more motion and hence the more infrared energy emitted allowing for the detection of termite activity by the thermal imaging camera.
Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:
possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;
Mice can destroy a home’s engineered insulation as they burrow and tunnel throughout it creating nests and multiplying.
A properly trained Inspector using a high end thermal Imagery camera will identify this in homes easily.
This would of course be absolutely missed by any home inspector not using this type of tool as they inspected the prospective property.
The home owner would unknowingly buy the home with major heat loss and an unsafe environment as many diseases are attributed to the fecal matter and urine of rodents.
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Note how these interiors appear to the naked eye, very nice and trouble free.
the presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures.