shore thermal imaging

Infra Red Thermography

Infrared cameras are the latest technology that is available to assist in the fast and accurate building diagnosis of a range of building problems including leaks and moisture associated damage. Thermography is the production of temperature calibrated infrared or heat pictures with the use of an infra red camera.

By showing the temperature differences or abnormalities within the building envelope, the cameras can pinpoint areas of concern. These areas can then be further tested with either invasive moisture detection (moisture probes), non-invasive moisture detection (electronic) or invasive inspections to determine the extent of the problem.

Example Only

This internal ceiling appeared to be in average/normal condition when viewed with the naked eye (Example 1). However the image from the infra red camera shows an abnormal “shape” with a lower temperature (Example 2). Dark abnormal shapes can be an indication of moisture. When tested with an electronic digital moisture meter the area was found to have elevated moisture readings. Upon further investigation it was found that there was ingress of moisture via a pipe penetration through the roof into the ceiling space of the house.

Example 1 

Example 2

This report is prepared to the best of my professional ability and with the knowledge from information made available to me at the time of the inspection and does not cover any areas, conditions or problems inaccessible at the time of inspection. Please note that the camera cannot “see” a leak if the area has had time to dry out. For example, if there has been no rain for a period of time, the infrared camera will not necessarily be able to detect obvious changes in temperature which would otherwise indicate a potential problem. The report essentially provides an invaluable guide for identifying potential problem areas based on the varying temperatures shown by the camera and thus enables remedial teams to more efficiently locate areas of possible damage.

Any areas of suspicion will need to be followed up by invasive inspections by Registered Tradespeople to determine if there are any structural problems and to determine any remedial works that may be necessary.