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IR Cameras: Inspecting For Air Leaks

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IR Cameras: Inspecting For Air Leaks

IR Cameras: Inspecting for Air Leaks by Nick Gromicko     Infrared (IR) cameras are quickly becoming an indispensable tool for building inspectors.  Reading the thermal images produced by an infrared camera during an inspection allows for quick and accurate identification of defects that may not always be immediately apparent to the naked eye.  Infrared imaging is especially useful when looking for air leaks, including insulation defects, during an energy audit because it allows the inspector to actually view the apparent temperatures in a given area.    By purposely controlling the temperature and air pressure in the interior of a house, air...

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How Thermal Imaging Is Used For Roof Inspections

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How Thermal Imaging Is Used For Roof Inspections
How does your commercial roof look? On the surface, it may seem like your roof is in excellent condition, but many would be shocked to learn that their flat roof has minor leaks that could lead to mold, rot or even structural damage.

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Spray Foam Substrate Moisture and RH Testing

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Spray Foam Substrate Moisture and RH Testing

Substrate Preparation SPF can be sprayed on wood, concrete, metal, asphalt, foam sheathing, and other substrates. But the substrate needs to be clean and dry — “paintable” is a reasonable benchmark — for the foam to adhere well. SPF shouldn’t be installed when temperature and humidity levels fall outside the range recommended by the SPF manufacturer. Moisture. When a surface is wet or damp, the moisture acts as a blowing agent that reacts with the “A” side of the SPF system, resulting in off-ratio foam with poor physical properties and poor adhesion. When the foam is sprayed on wet framing...

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IR Scan For Building Inspections

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IR Scan For Building Inspections

A professional inspector, equipped with a thermal imaging camera and properly trained and certified in its use, can find problems with a house that normal home inspectors cannot. Our friends over at www.CatalystInfrared.com offer free IR scans with every home inspection! What they look for: Water intrusion through the houses exterior covering, whether the house has brick, stone, stucco or siding. Improperly installed or settled insulation. Water leaks around windows and doors. Plumbing leaks inside the house, including leaking pipes, improperly seated toilets, leaky shower pans and bathtubs, and water pipe condensation. Improperly insulated HVAC ducting that have not been...

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THE TOP 5 REASONS HVAC/R PROS NEED A THERMAL CAMERA

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THE TOP 5 REASONS HVAC/R PROS NEED A THERMAL CAMERA

If you work on HVAC/R systems, you need one simple tool to help you find problems quickly and create easy-to-understand pictures that show your customers exactly what the issues are…and prove that you’ve fixed them. That’s why you need a FLIR thermal camera. A condenser’s coils can become plugged, be low on Freon, or even leak Freon. Any of these will cause problems with the system, and all of them are easy to see with a FLIR thermal camera. Ducts can leak at joints or they can lose insulation over time, reducing the efficiency of HVAC systems and wasting money....

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