Thermal imaging technology has become a staple in the field of water damage restoration. Using infrared technology to evaluate the breadth and degree of saturation in a water damaged structure, gives the water damage restoration professional the ability to rapidly assess water migration over an expansive area. This non-invasive technology delivers a dependable overview of the work area, which can be used to enlighten a property owner or justify job scope to an insurance adjuster.
How Does Thermal Imaging Work?
Thermal imaging techniques were originally developed for the military to detect opposing forces through the dark of night, across smoke obscured battlefields, or hidden by structure. Infrared imaging technology has since been adopted by law enforcement as well as civilian industry. Commercial interests have implemented thermal imaging techniques to gather information during energy audits, roof inspections, electrical system assessment, water damage investigations and more.
Temperature variations caused by infiltration, exfiltration, radiation, thermal bridging, evaporation, and other sources produce information that can be assessed to discover issues and facilitate solutions. Properly trained technicians can use thermal imaging techniques to record and evaluate data that provides detailed information not visible to the naked eye.
Substances with a temperature above absolute zero emit heat. Infrared radiation emissions are directly proportional to an object’s temperature. Higher temperature produces more infrared radiation. Infrared cameras measure an objects surface temperatures and generates contrived images permitting interpretation of thermal patterns. Referred to as a thermograph, this image provides a legible facsimile of a light spectrum beyond human detection.
Thermography & Water Damage Restoration
Infrared Thermography, as it relates to water damage restoration, enlists an infrared camera to detect moisture trapped in building materials. The infrared camera produces an image differentiated by temperature gradients, which give the water damage restoration professional an overview of the job scope. When used correctly, this technology promotes job precision by identifying boundaries of the water event.
Infrared cameras are noninvasive diagnostic tools that detect thermal energy by transferring information via an electronic signal to produces a thermal image. Temperature gradient analysis using an infrared camera, combined with the verification obtained by using data-logging moisture detection equipment, results in pinpoint moisture mapping and thorough structural drying.
Data compiled during an infrared imaging audit of a water damaged structure imparts information that can be precisely quantified, promoting accurate identification and evaluation of the relative severity of water damage. Source identification can be isolated and resolved by accurate thermographic image assessment as temperature gradients are differentiated by color or depth of saturation.
Water Damage Restoration Philadelphia
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