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When it comes to water damage, a quick and accurate diagnosis is critical to successful remediation. To get the process off on the right track, ATI includes thermal imaging as part of our comprehensive emergency response and remediation services.
What is thermal imaging?
Thermal imaging is an inspection and diagnostic tool used in a variety of applications including water losses. This technology is also known as infrared imaging or infrared thermograpy. It is a non-invasive technique used to produce pictures from the invisible thermal radiation that objects exude. Infrared is defined as an invisible portion of the light spectrum that extends from 0.75 to 1000 microns. All objects warmer than absolute zero give off energy within that range. The warmer the object, the brighter it may appear in a thermal image.
How does Thermal Imaging Detect Moisture?
When an object or material becomes wet, its physical properties of heat and cool change. In other words, the temperature of wet material becomes different from the temperature of the surrounding dry material. A thermal imaging camera can detect the temperature difference created by moisture. Visually, the temperature of a wet area appears differently than the surrounding dry area in a thermal image.
How do Thermal Imaging Cameras Work?
A thermal imaging camera works like a video camera. In simple terms, it is a matter of turning on the camera, scanning the area in question and snapping still images. The images, which appear in gray scale or color on the camera screen, are downloaded to a computer and customized via special software for reporting purposes.
Benefits of Thermal Imaging
Thermal imaging eliminates material destruction by using a non-invasive method to detect moisture. Benefits include:
- Faster, more complete pictures of water damage
- More detailed reports of the findings
- Allows the operator to scan large areas at a time to obtain a more broad-based reading of moisture presence
- Serves as an invaluable tool for verifying that all water-damaged areas are completely dry at the end of a restoration job.
Training is Critical
While operating a thermal imaging camera may seem relatively easy, interpreting the images captured by the camera is a more complicated process and requires special training. Our thermal imaging specialists are required to complete a comprehensive certification course to fine-tune camera operation, learn how to correctly identify images and recognize and adjust for factors that can affect thermal readings.