Water damage needs quick and accurate identification so that successful remediation will be achieved. To get the process off on the right track Arcbuild Insurance includes thermal imaging as part of our comprehensive emergency response and remediation services.
Thermal imaging is an examination and diagnostic tool used in a range of applications including water losses. This technology is also known as infrared thermography and infrared imaging. It is a method used to produce pictures from the invisible thermal radiation that objects radiate. Infrared is an invisible portion of the light spectrum that extends from 0.75 to 1000 microns. All objects warmer than absolute zero give off thermal radiation. The warmer the object, the brighter it will appear in a thermal image.
How does Thermal Imaging Detect Moisture?
When structural materials become wet, their temperature properties change. In other words, the temperature of wet material is different from the temperature of the same dry material. A thermal imaging camera will give us pictorial representation using the temperature difference created by moisture the temperature of a wet area appears different in the image than the surrounding dry area.
Operating a thermal imaging camera may seem quite easy but interpreting the images is a more complicated process and requires special training. Our thermal imaging technicians are required to complete comprehensive certification in camera operation learning how to correctly read the images and recalibrate and adjust for factors that will affect thermal readings.
The Benefits of Thermal Imaging
Thermal imaging reduces material destruction because it is a non-invasive moisture detection method.
Accurate more detailed pictures of water damage
Allows the operator to assess large areas at a time
Is an important tool for confirming that all water-damaged areas are completely dry at the end of the drying process.