Detecting Water Leaks Using Infrared Thermography

Wet building materials can create hidden molds and at the same time destroy their structural integrity. When any kinds of water leaks occur, the first thing that has to be done is detecting the source of the leak. It can be quite hard to locate the exact source of the water leak without demolition.  But, with a relatively new technique, known as infrared thermography, it is possible to get a view of conditions of the building beyond what can be seen with the naked eyes.

Infrared thermography can show the exact locations of where the materials are wet without having to disturb the structure of the building.  Since the precise problem area is targeted, the reconstruction and repair costs are lowered.

The theory behind infrared thermography is simple.  Electromagnetic energy is generated by vibrating molecules and when the temperatures are high, more energy is emitted as the molecules move faster.  The infrared radiation which is the energy that is emitted is not visible to the eyes, but they can be seen with a camera that has been equipped with an infrared sensor.  If there are thermal differences, they appear as different colors when they are exposed to infrared light.  In order to locate the areas of the building which is wet or abnormally cool or warm due to water leakage, the color distribution has to be analyzed.  Differences in color under infrared light may indicate defects such as inefficient boilers, water infiltration as well as missing insulation.

Infrared thermography is the latest scientific innovation which can help detect fault lines with the use of thermal imaging camera systems.  However, it is also true that the accuracy of the leak detection depends on the skills and experience of the thermographer.  So, if you are looking to employ the services of a water leak detection company, it is essential to ensure that the company has highly skilled and trained thermographers.

Given below are some of the benefits of detecting water leaks using infrared thermography.

Accuracy – the main benefit of detecting water leaks using infrared thermography is that it is 100% accurate.  Since latest technology is used, the performances are proactive and more accurate.

Safe and Fast – the technology also ensures safety of the building.  It is fast and the method only involves taking pictures and analyzing them.  According to experts, it is the safest method available today for leak detection.

Save money – the traditional methods of leak detection are quite expensive.  But, infrared thermography is more cost-efficient as you do not have to spend anything extra to get the whole process done.

Non-invasive – this method does not involve any digging or drilling.  It involves scanning of leaked areas and locating the source of the leak.

Allocating moisture sources – it is very easy for thermographers to locate the sources of the leak because the infrared thermograpgy leakage detection system makes use of radiated energy to allocate the exact source of moisture.

T&T Inspection And Engineering has specialist expertise in providing a wide range of non-destructive diagnostics scanning services, condition based monitoring, preventative & detective maintenance of electrical and mechanical equipments.

The infrared thermography leak detection system is comprehensive and whether you are looking to detect leak at your office or house, it is the best method to use.