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At PBI our staff of Certified Building Science Thermographers uses infrared technology to inspect your valued property. With our inspectors' expertise and specialized cameras and meters we can provide fast, reliable, and accurate building diagnostics in a range of problems from electrical and plumbing to waterproofing systems. Our inspections are performed with little or no physical disassembly of the premises and minimal disturbance to those living or working there.
What is Thermography?
Thermography allows humans to see and measure heat as a "heat diagram". All materials on earth emit heat energy, but unfortunately the human eye cannot detect it. Thermography, or simply thermal, images allow the user to see heat energy and therefore find abnormalities in a building that can stem from electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and waterproofing systems.
Used properly, a thermal imaging camera can provide valuable information during moisture assessments, mitigation work, energy audits, roof and electrical system inspections and water damage investigations. Thermal imaging cameras do not actually detect moisture and/or mold, they use sensors to pick up infrared waves and formulate images based upon those waves. The resulting images, properly interpreted by our professionals, can be used to assess areas of potential moisture by evaluating differences in temperature.
Temperature differences caused by evaporation, radiation, thermal bridging, infiltration/exfiltration and other sources must all be carefully evaluated. In doing so, the inspector can use the information to spot suspect areas that are not visible to the naked eye. The findings are then verified using electronic, data-logging moisture detection equipment and in some cases core samples, such as may be needed on flat roofs. Core samples are required for verification of findings on some flat roof systems (built-up) to meet ASTM Standard C 1153 -97 Standard Practice for Location of Wet Insulation in Roofing Systems Using Infrared Imaging.
Professional Building Inspectors can use thermal imaging to visualize the "invisible" origins of problems that exist with your home or business. Determining where the problem is will allow you to fix it.