Thermal Inspections

Thermal Inspection

Our infrared tests can be used to monitor and document pre and post building repair and building renovation conditions. Infrared inspection and infrared testing can also be used for building diagnostics, detection of water leakage behind exterior cladding systems such as stucco, brick, and stone, where it can show the water problem – water leakage source, and the location of water damage.

Thermal Moisture ImagingTM Infrared Surveys are noninvasive and nondestructive. Using the latest infrared cameras and diagnostic equipment our certified thermographers scan, test, and diagnose building problems and building conditions.

Infrared is also a key identifier for moisture in building structures. Using Infrared technology clients are able to assess a buildings hidden damage and sustainability prior to purchase or prior to warranty expiration. By conducting an Infrared Study clients can save thousands of dollars in eventual repair costs by identifying the problems early on.

There has been a national call for energy efficiency and a reduction in our carbon footprint. With the Green Initiative, and President Obama’s stimulus package, Thermographic Inspections or Infrared (IR) inspections have a positive impact on the environment and the building owner, whether Residential, Commercial or Industrial.

Infrared scanning tests are performed to identify problems in building structures, which result in higher energy bills and consumption, such as inadequate or wet insulation. An energy infrared inspection locates the precise areas in need of repair and provides the client an infrared image of the deficiency in the building. Once repaired the client reduces energy costs and their carbon footprint. Hence, Infrared is considered a diagnostics tool in the Green Initiative.

Above: This image was taken in the summer with the central A/C running. The duct is the dark blue spot at the top right in the picture. This wall in spite of what it may appear is insulated. This is very typical of the performance of fiberglass batt insulation. Because the insulation is forced into the cavity between the framing members, the paper vapor barrier creates cavities between the wall and it self. These cavities become airways allowing uncondtioned air in between rendering the insulation basically useless.

Above: The wall section in the center of the image (purple) is an insulated 2 x 6 wall. Notice the wall studs are warmer than the wall. This shows that the wood is insulating better than the R – 19 fiberglass batt insualtion. Wood has an R value of about 1.5 per inch. This means that the wall insulation is performing at less than R – 8!

Please contact Baltimore Home Specs for all your needs and concerns for Thermal Inspection. 1-866-290-0266