INFRARED BUILDING INSPECTIONS

Infrared thermography inspections provide additional assurance, giving you the most thorough examination of your potential real estate investment available. Call Pacific Northwest Building Inspections at 206-782-8969 to schedule one today.

Finding Out What You Don’t Know

A building inspection entails many things, including knowledge, experience, training, and technology. For the most advanced and thorough building inspections, request that infrared thermography be included.

This sophisticated technology is used to locate and pinpoint sources of leaks and water intrusion in buildings without any need for destructive source finding.

Pacific Northwest Building Inspections considers an infrared camera to be one of the most important tools in an inspector’s tool bag. A scientific process that essentially measures thermal or infrared energy, infrared thermography can detect insulation, air leakage, water, electrical, heating, and cooling problems.

Without any disruptive – or destructive – exploration, Pacific Northwest Building Inspections can discover water leaks around windows, doors, interior and exterior walls, roofs, and water pipes. Wall insulation and the heating and cooling efficiency of windows and doors can also be assessed by using an infrared camera.

>> Pacific Northwest Building Inspections has uncovered leaks around in typically non-suspect areas, such as a living room where no visible damage was apparent. With infrared thermography, substantial water damage was discovered. Upon further investigation, a sprinkler head was found to have been directing water into and behind the house’s siding. Several thousand dollars later, the sprinkler head was redirected and the sheathing and framing was repaired. A traditional building inspection would not have been able to identity this issue.

Here are some common areas where infrared thermography is most helpful:

Water Intrusion

Scanning interior surfaces of a building with an infrared camera can reveal excess moisture due to plumbing leaks, roof leaks, and leaks around windows, to name a few. Wet areas of building materials cool when energy is transferred during the water evaporation process; therefore, a wet (“cooler”) area will stand out from the surrounding dry (“warmer”) surface.

Insulation Deficiencies

Appreciable temperature differences, due to variations in thermal energy (heat) transfer, allow for detection of deficient or missing insulation when scanning ceiling and wall surfaces.

Roofing Leaks

Scanning roof coverings can reveal water intrusion and accumulated moisture below the surface. Due to its thermal properties (high thermal capacity), water typically gives up heat at a much slower rate than the surrounding roof materials. The areas of accumulated moisture can therefore be detected when scanning the roof surface. This type of roof inspection is best done in the evening or early nighttime after thermal energy imparted during the daytime is transferred or released.

Infrared Thermography is beneficial in the following areas:

• Detect problems quickly, without interrupting service
• Assess priorities for corrective action
• Minimize preventive maintenance and troubleshooting time
• Electrical Systems
• Thermal heat loss inspections for buildings
• Moisture contamination
• Concrete integrity inspections
• Concrete water heated floor inspections for leaks and temperature distribution
• Locate missing or damaged insulation
• Identify air leakage energy losses
• Evaluate the thermal performance of retrofits
• Locate radiant heating wires or pipes
• Detect delaminations in concrete bridge deck
• Locate and identify mold growth areas in building structures
• Flat roof leak detection for buildings, plants, facilities
• Identify water damaged portions of a roof quickly and accurately
• Eliminate unnecessary replacement of roofing
• Document problems before the warranty expires.
• Boilers
• Inspect burners for flame impingement and burner management
• Look at combustion patterns of fuel
• Heat ventilation air conditioning equipment evaluation
• Cold Storage cooling losses.
• Detect insulation leaks in refrigeration equipment
• Environmental Applications

Moisture in Ceiling

Missing Insulation in Ceiling

Overheated Breaker Panel

Infrared View of a Switch Panel

Unshielded Electrical Outlets

Recommendations

"As a real estate professional, I have several choices when it comes to a home inspector, and am constantly getting flyers and brochures of other inspectors trying to get my business. I truly believe in working by referral and working with the best! When it comes to inspections in Seattle (or the greater Seattle area, as John has traveled to Puyallup and beyond for me!), I strongly recommend John Langmeyer of Pacific Northwest Building Inspections.

I have used John exclusively for all of my clients’ needs since 1999. John has been amazing! I can always count on John to be early and to make my clients feel comfortable with the inspection process.

Several of my clients – and myself – have saved hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars, by calling John and asking him questions.

John is AWESOME!"

~ Ronnie Lee R., Seattle

 


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