Why Thermal Imaging Is Important In Building Inspections

Building and pest inspections are a procedure conducted before a property purchase is finalized and the new residents can ‘move in’. While this can be a tiresome procedure for the tenants because they have to wait for the process to be completed and different professionals to manage any problems with the building, it can be as tiresome or stressful for the inspector. In previous years, the inspection was conducted using basic equipment; however, in today’s advanced society they use a thermal imaging device making the task slightly less stressful. This article will discuss the use of thermal imaging and why it is significant when conducting a building inspection.

Why Would An Inspector Use A Thermal Imaging Device?

According to the majority of building inspection regulations, it is necessary that a residential pre-purchase building inspection is a visual inspection. This can make it difficult to determine the accuracy of the inspection and the assessment of the building’s elements may not be effective. Due to the fact that an average building and pest inspector would inspect a property for approximately two hours, it would be difficult to remain focused.

By using technologically advanced thermal imaging devices, the building inspector will be able to remove physical strain and increase the accuracy of the assessment. Furthermore, structural defects can be identified before the fault can cause additional property damage and negatively influence the integrity of the building.

How Does The Thermal Imaging Device Operate?

Thermal imaging devices measure the surface temperature of a material capturing details of an item that cannot be seen with the naked eye. For example, when moving a mug with hot water from one location to another we do not see any difference in the locations; however, using a thermal imaging device we will see that the mug’s previous position retained some heat from the hot water.

The basic principle behind the concept of thermography involves detection of changes in temperature within elements, such as hot water in plumbing or water leaking onto roof lines. Using this principle, the thermal imaging device can assist with the detection of problems in a building, particularly in areas involving moisture.

What Are The Different Types Of Faults A Thermal Imaging Device Can Detect?

• Leaking Roofs

Moisture is often able to leak through the smallest perforations in a roof and even if the perforation is visually identifiable, it can be missed by an inspector who is assessing the area manually. Thermal imaging devices are beneficial in this situation because they can identify the leak and assess the areas affected with the damaged caused. For example, a thermal imaging device can locate a cracked roof tile allowing water to leak onto a timber roof rafter.

• Shower Leaks

Have you ever noticed the skirting board at the rear of the shower begin to move away from the wall? This is potentially the result of a shower leak and can be considered a structural problem when a building inspection is conducted. While spending money to repair the leak can fix the problem, there is always the chance that the leak contributed to a mold infestation growing beneath the surface of the wall. This can be a damaging situation, particularly if it is black mold because black mold can have detrimental effects to a person’s health. Using a thermal imaging device, the inspector will be able to identify the presence of this type of infestation.

• Missing Or Defective Insulation

As building regulations continue to support the implementation of energy-efficient resources, there are often cases where the installation of these energy-efficient products deters the results of the desired outcome. This is typically seen in insulation where insulation is missing or defective. Thermal imaging devices are able to detect the missing or poorly installed insulation and allow inspectors to contact relevant electricians to remedy the issue.

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