We offer thermal imaging services all over Auckland and the North Shore. Using thermal imaging, we can see the heat given off by an object to produce an image of it or to locate it. Thermal imaging works in places without any light and it can even see through smoke, fog and haze. In a nutshell, it can identify current or potential problems that are invisible to the human eye!
Thermal Imaging saves you money!
Thermal imaging can save a house buyer a lot of money by identifying leaks, damp or draught problems. As part of a pre-purchase house inspection, a thermal imaging report can save you thousands of dollars by not buying an undiscovered costly repair project.
A pre-sale house inspection can make home owners aware of any issues and give you the option to rectify them before placing your home on the market. This means that purchasers will not be able to surprise you with a bad house report and try to knock down the price due to issues you weren’t aware of.
Why Thermal Imaging is used in House Inspections
A professional building inspector, equipped with a thermal imaging camera and trained in its use, can find problems with a house that a home inspector without such a camera cannot. These include:
Poor energy efficiency
Heat loss can account for up to 50% of total energy consumption in a building. Many sources of heat loss are not visible to the human eye and this is where a thermal imaging camera comes into its own. Possible causes a thermal imaging inspection can find include inadequate insulation; air leakage through chimneys, attics and wall vents; poorly sealed doorways and failing argon gas windows.
Wet insulation conducts heat faster than dry insulation so thermographic images can often detect roof leaks.
Leaks can be detected through the houses exterior covering, around windows and doors, skylights and roof vents. A thermal imaging camera can also identify plumbing disasters just waiting to happen, such as leaking pipes, shower pans, toilets and bathtubs.
Water leaks and moisture can also impact upon yours and your family’s health as they create the perfect environment for harmful moulds to grow unchecked. The BSure team also offer a specific moisture testing service for homeowners and buyers who may have a potential leaky home problem.
A thermal imaging inspection can identify whether or not a circuit breaker is overheating. Power surges in overheated circuitry or wiring can lead to fatal fires.
Thermal imaging cameras can confirm whether or not your home is infested with termites, beetles or even rodents. It can show how much damage they have done through the identification of, for example, gaps in beams; tunnels through insulation and walls.
Reading about the above mentioned building issues highlights how a thermal imaging inspection can identify current and potential problems; save you money in the long run and even help to protect your family’s health.
About Thermal Imaging Cameras
In a building inspection, a thermal imaging camera (also referred to as an infrared camera or a thermographic camera), is used to identify a number of potential problems.
Where a normal camera forms an image using visible light a thermal imaging camera forms an image using infrared radiation. Their use is called thermography.
How a Thermal Imaging Camera Works
All objects emit infrared energy (heat) and this is referred to as its heat signature. In general, the hotter an object is, the more radiation it emits.
A thermal imaging camera is basically a heat sensor, capable of detecting tiny differences in temperature. It collects the infrared radiation from objects at the scene and creates an electronic image based on information about the temperature differences. Objects are rarely exactly the same temperature as the other objects around them so they are easily detected and appear as a distinct thermal image.
A thermographic house inspection can be either internal or external. However interior surveys are usually more accurate as they are not subject to the weather and they benefit from reduced air movement.
Preparing for a Thermographic Inspection
It is in your best interests to ensure that the results are as accurate as possible. If possible move furniture away from exterior walls and tie up or remove curtains.