Roof Moisture/Leak Inspections
Our high-resolution infrared cameras can quickly identify trapped moisture below the cap sheets of insulated flat roofs non-invasively.
Types of Roofing We IR Survey
- Flat or Low Slope Insulated Roofs
- Built-Up Gravel Roofs (BUR)
- Single-Ply Membrane Roofs
- Modified Cap Sheet Roofs
- Spray Foam Roofs
Energy Loss & Water Intrusion Inspections
Thermal imaging inspection is a valuable tool for quickly and cost effectively assessing the condition of a structure. Hidden problems, such as poorly insulated walls, unsealed windows and water damage can easily be found. Cascade Thermal Imaging can give you a clear picture and the knowledge to make sound decisions for the prioritization of repairs.
Energy Loss – Why Utilize Thermal Imaging? The US Department of Energy calculates that nearly 40% of an average building’s energy losses are due to air leaks through walls, windows and doors, as well as heat loss through inadequate insulation, structural defects and design faults. The same is true of water leaks, or airflow, which can carry moist air.
Building Energy Efficiency – The primary diagnostic procedure for determining the thermal performance of a building is infrared Thermography. Thermography is used to identify heating and cooling losses due to poor construction, missing or inadequate insulation and moisture intrusion.
Correcting these types of defects plays a significant role in increasing building efficiency and structural integrity and Thermography can help identify surface temperature variations of the building envelope, that relates to problems in the structure, thermal bridging, moisture content and air leakage.
The primary mechanisms for heat loss in buildings are conduction losses through the walls and air leakage including open penetrations, windows and doors. All can be accurately identified non-invasively and quickly from the surface of the building by utilizing infrared Thermography. Early correction of these problems can be made before extensive damage occurs and can greatly reduce energy bills. (The heat loss depicted in the above images was expelling 72 degrees of heated air out into the atmosphere 24 hours a day all winter long at an air escape rate of 9 to 14 MPH)
Radiant Heating System Location Services
In-Floor Heating Systems & In-Ceiling Heating Systems
Infrared thermography is a very effective way to identify the locations of in-floor radiant heating systems or in-ceiling radiant heating systems. The utilization of a high-resolution infrared camera by an experienced Thermographer who is familiar with such projects is essential in making accurate locations for retrofit construction. This technology can also be instrumental in locating defects or damage to such systems and can eliminate the costly and destructive exploratory processes which are often ineffective and almost certain to cause damage.
During remodel or retrofit construction in-floor and/or in-ceiling systems located in the work areas must be accurately located and marked prior to making penetrations and Infrared Thermography is the best and most cost-effective technology to utilize. (NOTE: Depending on the overall Sq, Ft. involved in the scope of the project, the type of radiant heating system, the surface substrate and thickness, the distances between heating elements and their depth from the surface, the system efficiency, the number of penetrations to be drilled and the tolerances required by the contractor, these system location projects can run a couple of hours to a number of days as there are many variables to be considered to achieve accurate heating element locations).
These types of projects should only be undertaken by an experienced Thermographer with considerable experience making such locations on similar radiant heating systems. CTI has14 years’ experience mapping radiant heating systems locations.
The Value of Infrared as an element of a Predictive Inspection Program:
- Locate failures before they happen.
- Verify New Equipment installations and establish baselines for future inspections.
- Potential problems are tracked, and trend identified.
- Get easy to understand reports with thermographic images and temperature information.
- Prioritize and plan for necessary repairs
- Significantly reduce energy loss and energy bills.