Keeping Your Building Safe And Save Money With Advanced Inspection Methods

Technology continues to advance and improve in ways that allow better and more refined handling of everyday tasks. Infrared building testing can be beneficial to your business or home and is possible with cameras that detect heat and cold through the structures and walls of your building or home.

Thermal Imaging

Police, firefighters, and rescue services use thermal imaging every day because it allows them to see heat signatures through obstructions or on the ground from a helicopter. If someone is hiding in a building or lost in the woods, they can be located by looking for the heat their body gives off. Firefighters also use thermal imaging to find the fire in a wall, electrical components shorting out and producing heat, and many other conditions in a building. 

This same technology has been adapted to infrared building testing by companies that offer building scans that allow them to find several problems in your home or business. 

Conditions And Tests

Thermal testing is one part of infrared building testing, and it can show many problems quickly and easily. A thermal camera on a drone can check the top of the building for heat loss or for areas that are not insulated well. The thermal camera will show hot spots on the roof from above.

If sections of the roof show up bright red and yellow on the camera and the rest is black, you are losing heat through the red areas, and installing additional insulation could reduce the heating and cooling costs of your building substantially. Older buildings may not have insulation in some areas, but this simple scan will show the problem area clearly so you can address the issue. 

Electrical testing is another important test that can be included in infrared building testing if you choose. The tech can scan the wiring, electrical boxes, and electrical equipment in your building to look for areas that are extremely hot in comparison to the rest of the system. 

Often poor electrical connections, shorts in wiring, faulty breakers and switches, and problems with motors can be found through thermal scans. As the resistance in the wire or component increases, the heat increases until it is unsafe and starts a fire or until the component fails. In both cases, finding the issue early allows you to correct the problem quickly. 

Other scans and tests are also available, but it is best to contact an infrared building testing service and discuss the services and options to determine what is most beneficial for your structure and situation. Contact a company that offers infrared building testing if you have additional questions.