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Toronto Home inspectors and thermal imaging

Thermal Imaging to detect leaks during home inspection.

Do you need thermal imaging to detect moisture behind walls and ceilings. The
short answer is yes - if you suspect that there might be moisture behind walls
and ceilings during a home inspection. Our affiliate home inspector has years
of experience to be able to determine when it's time to pull out the old thermal
 imaging camera. Some tell tale signs of moisture in places you can't see are paint
peeling, signs of leaks with brown stains, new paint in patches of wall or ceiling,
damaged eXterior flashing or siding.

Here is some info about thermal imaging and the technology behind it.

Moisture in building materials can destroy structural integrity and nurture mold.
The first step in moisture problem remediation is to quickly and accurately
locate and remove all sources of moisture. Thermal Imaging cameras instantly
show you what's wet and what's dry. IR cameras can instantly find the ultimate
source with little or no physical disassembly of the premises and minimal
disturbance of inhabitants.

Thermal Imaging infrared cameras are the inspection assets preferred by
building experts for fast, reliable, accurate building diagnosis in the entire
range of building problems, from post-catastrophe fire and flood investigations
to chronic leaks and moisture problems.

The Technology

The ability to detect and measure thermal energy emitted from an object
is known as thermography. The tools of the trade are called infrared
cameras, and they translate the invisible infrared spectrum into thermal
images that we can see and track via thermography.

Light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected
by the human eye is referred to as thermal or infrared energy – and is the
electromagnetic spectrum range that we perceive as heat. Everything with
a temperature above absolute zero emits heat, which means that it may
be tracked and measured via thermography. (Even ice cubes, emit
infrared.) More and more IR radiation is emitted, as an objects
temperature increases. Infrared thermography allows us to see, and
measure, what our eyes cannot.

Many applications depend upon the precision and accuracy of the images
and temperature readings from infrared thermography cameras. The
images produced, clearly showing invisible infrared or "heat" radiation via
thermography, aid in such diverse areas as medical and scientific
research and development, building diagnostics and manufacturing
product quality.

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Toronto home inspection and thermal imaging