Thermal Imaging Targets Moisture
Thermal imaging systems have been used by the
military to detect and identify enemy personnel,
equipment, and buildings for years. Helicopters,
fighter planes and even some missiles use
thermal imaging for targeting. Law enforcement
agencies also use this technology for everything
from tracking criminals at night to spotting
illegal crossings of international borders.
Thermal imaging has now been in place for a
number of years within the building industry and
has been used to find problems with building
materials, such as: hidden water leaks, leaks
within the HVAC system, general plumbing leaks
and faulty electrical and mechanical systems.
Thermal imaging cameras are useful for energy
loss audits because you can see exactly where
cold air is entering the home or heat is being
lost, along with energy dollars. Thermal imaging has also
been used successfully to help locate loose
electrical connections or overheated breaker
boxes by identifying “hot spots”.
The Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) industry has made
significant strides in the use of this
outstanding technology as a way to provide
accurate and reliable results during
investigations. In fact, it has been determined
that the proper use of this technology can
increase accuracy and help
cut investigation time significantly.
Thanks to thermal imaging, AMI Inspectors have the ability to examine
roofs, floors and walls for moisture intrusions,
energy loss and electrical problems faster and
more thoroughly than the competition.
not specifically detect mold, it does provide
Inspectors with the distinct advantage of
quickly and accurately identifying conditions
where mold typically grows.
cameras have quickly become the “must have tool”
for IAQ Professionals. Not only is this sophisticated
technology is used in every
AMI mold inspection, it is also used in every
verification survey to ensure that building materials have been
thoroughly dried out before any reconstruction
work begins. If construction materials are not
completely dry, mold growth will reoccur.
Infrared technology eliminates the guesswork and
provides quick visual assessment of the
thoroughness of dry out job.
The thermal imaging infrared camera is now the standard
by which true professional IAQ investigators