What is Thermal Imaging Used For?

Thermal imaging is a very useful practice to use in the building trade and this is the reason that so many construction and inspection companies now own a thermal imaging camera. Thermal imaging can help to identify any problems that may exist within the building and can also be used to check that the construction process has been carried out to a high standard. There are several different applications within the construction industry where thermal imaging is particularly useful and these cover a range of different tradesmen which include:

  • Electricians
  • Roofers
  • Builders
  • Insulation Specialists
  • Repairmen

Some common uses for thermal imaging are described in more detail below.

Identify Electrical Problems

A thermal imaging camera will allow you to quickly see whether there are any issues with the supply of electricity around the home. It also has the advantage of letting you investigate any potential problems without putting yourself in any danger from live electrical currents. If there are any problems with an electrical circuit then there will usually be some degree of overheating which the thermal imaging camera will pick up.

Identify Where Heat Is Being Lost

If heat is being lost from the building then this can have a big impact on the cost of energy bills for the property. Thermal imaging can allow you to see exactly where heat is being lost from the building. This will allow you to address these problems at an early stage before they start to cause too many problems within the building.

Identify Issues with Roofing

Before a roof starts to leak there will be a build-up of moisture in the insulation of the roof. This will show via thermal imaging because the heat will radiate from the roof much slower at the points where moisture is collecting. If problems with roofs are discovered early then a repair can usually be made which will be a lot less expensive and more convenient to carry out than a complete replacement.

Assist with Cavity Wall Insulation

The aim of cavity wall insulation is to keep heat within the property by making it more difficult for heat to escape. For it to be effective then the insulation needs to be evenly spread throughout the wall. Thermal imaging can be used to find out whether this is the case as if there are any gaps in the insulation then these areas will show up as being colder. This allows you to check that everything is as it should be before the job is completed.

Identify Areas That May Be Susceptible to Mould

If there are areas in the building that are cold and damp, then it is possible that mould will start to grow here. Mould can cause a lot of damage to a property and it may not always be in an obvious location. Thermal imaging will show if there are any areas of the property that are colder than others and when you have this information then you can take corrective action to prevent any mould developing.

Thermal imaging can be used to spot problems that may have otherwise gone undetected. It is also the case that these problems are often the ones that will cost builders the most time and money to put right. Being able to spot any potential problems while construction is still being completed presents an opportunity to resolve these problems quickly and easily.

Good thermal imaging equipment can be quite expensive but it will be a good investment for your business. It can save you a lot of time in diagnosing a wide range of problems and may give you an insight into some issues that it would be difficult for you to discover otherwise. When these problems are discovered early they are much easier to put right and this also has the potential to save you a great deal of money.