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Thermal Imaging

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New York Thermal Imaging Inspections

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PBI offers thermal imaging inspections on Long Island, Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, New York City, Westchester, Rockland County and parts of Connecticut.

Professional Building Inspectors' Certified Building Science Thermographers are experts in infrared inspections. Our New York inspectors use thermal imaging cameras to provide immediate assessment of wet building materials after water damage. This helps to minimize property damage to your property and also minimize insurance claims throughout Long Island and New York City.

New York thermal imaging inspections can also show where buildings and homes may have insulation or electrical system deficiencies, roof leaks, radiant floor heating leaks, and structural issues. The thermal cameras do show definitively which building materials have been damaged by water. It allows our inspectors to see if the water damaged building materials' surface temperature is either hotter or colder than their surrounding dry building materials, depending on the source of the moisture. We always use our moisture meters to confirm the presence of water damage in the building materials in question.

Whether we are in New York City or the East End of Long Island there is no better tool for moisture detection than a thermal imaging camera to highlight areas of possible water damage that need further inspection with our moisture meters.

Here are some examples of common infrared inspection applications we provide:

  • Insulation deficiencies: appreciable temperature differences, due to variations in thermal energy (heat) transfer, allow for detection of deficient or missing insulation when scanning ceiling and wall surfaces.
  • Roofing leaks: our inspectors scan roof coverings to reveal water intrusion and accumulated moisture below the surface. Due to its thermal properties (high thermal capacity), water typically gives up heat at a much slower rate than the surrounding roof materials. The areas of accumulated moisture can therefore be detected when scanning the roof surface. This type of roof inspection is best done in the evening or early nighttime after thermal energy imparted during the daytime is transferred or released.
  • Electrical systems: deficiencies within the electrical system can be made visually apparent by use of an infrared camera. For example, a deficient connection between electrical components can result in resistance which will show up as an apparent temperature elevation when compared with similar types of connections under similar load conditions.
  • Structural issues: differences in thermal capacity, conductivity, and other intrinsic qualities of building structural components can allow for their detection when scanning walls, floors, and ceilings with an infrared camera. Under the right conditions, missing structural components, and portions of structural components which are damaged (to the extent that their intrinsic qualities are significantly changed), can be detected.

For more information on how we can put our thermal imaging inspections to work for you, call 516-295-2581 or contact us.