ThermoPro Inspections Ltd

Pre-Purchase - and - Pre-Sale Inspections

- Why We Use Infrared Technology -

 

We don't rely on one piece of equipment.

Verification of Moisture Meter Findings:

We start with the Gann Hydromette Uni 1 B60 moisture meter  (a Dielectric Moisture Meter). If we get a reading indicating moisture we then use our Protimeter invasive moisture and lastly our Infrared camera to verify our initial findings.

Detection of Thermal Anomalies:

With the Gann and the Protimeter we are only detecting moisture. With these devices we are limited to physical access to areas we wish to investigate for moisture. The Infrared camera enables us to 'see' temperature related anomalies which can be either moisture related or non-moisture related anomalies. We are able look for anomalies in areas we cannot test with our moisture meters.

For your own knowledge and interest we have put together the following photos to give you a better ideas just what we are able to discover with the Infrared camera that is not possible to see with the naked eye or with our other moisture detection equipment. You can view a PDF with details about the inspection equipment use.

For more info on our equipment and inspection methods go to "Trust our Methods" page.

You can trust what we are able to see...

Normal Infrared Images:
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 Infrared cameras detect heat (thermal differences). When you mouse over this normal image you can see the area on the wall that the sun is shining on is 'warm' and you can tell the level of water in the cistern by the 'cold' area.  In this image, the areas with most light do not relate necessarily to thermal energy (what the infrared camera detects). In this case the glass in the window gives off the most 'heat'. Because the timber framing is denser and less conductive of heat energy it appears dark allowing us to see the framing.
 Non-Moisture Related Thermal Anomalies:

The images below are what you would see with the naked eye. Now, move your mouse over the image... to see what we can see with Infrared imaging.

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Because it is hotter in ceiling space, the space around the light fixture stands out from area around with insulation being cooler.  In this vaulted ceiling the insulation has not all been pushed into the framing space evenly, so you get cooler areas. The outside temperature is cool.
Moisture Related Thermal Anomalies:
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Tiled bathroom floor looks fine but high moisture readings found. Infrared image shows moisture spread under the tiles.
High moisture readings in corner of tiled floor, Infrared image shows moisture to be restricted to surface in the corner.
   

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