The human eye can only see so much. Though the electromagnetic spectrum is vast, we only see what we dub “visible light,” radiation (energy) with wavelengths that fall between 390 and 700 nanometers (nm). Above this threshold lies infrared light (between 700 nm and 1 millimeter), which is felt (in the form of heat) but generally unseen by humans without the aid of specific tools, such as filtered goggles and thermography. While most circumstances don’t call for the need to see beyond the visible spectrum, being able to view the infrared spectrum via these tools can help us identify anomalies we might otherwise miss. As such, infrared (IR) imaging and inspection have become important methods in many fields, including diagnostic medicine, research, pest management, and building maintenance.Here we’ll discuss the application of infrared inspection for roofs, building envelopes, and electrical panels.
Different Types of Infrared Inspection
Infrared Inspection for Roofs
Roofs provide overhead shelter from the elements and aid in insulation. Even the strongest roofs will wear down over time considering how much they put up with. Performing regular roof maintenance (i.e. replacing damaged shingles, hiring a roof snow removal servicein the winter, etc.) helps prevent issues such as leaking and heat loss, but it’s not always easy to locate a potential problem until it occurs. This is where IR inspection comes into play. Infrared thermography allows humans to detect the presence and movement of moisture in a roofing system and also visually indicates differences in temperature as a result of air inflow, air outflow, poor insulation, and/or moisture intrusion. The human eye alone would miss these early warning signs, so IR inspection is key for proper preventative maintenance.
Infrared Inspection for Building Envelopes
The rest of a building’s shell components that aid in protection and climate control make up its envelope. Just as IR inspection helps the human eye detect potential roof breaches, IR inspection also exposes issues with a building’s envelope, such as leaking pipes, condensation problems, or other issues related to corrosion, mold, mildew, etc. This visualization method is more accurate and efficient than most mechanical inspection methods that might require opening up walls, acquiring samples, etc.
Infrared Inspection for Electrical Panels
Electrical problems can be both costly and dangerous, so preventing them is key. Through IR inspection, technicians can look for excess heat on or near electrical components, which may signal faulty circuits, malfunctioning fuses, disconnected wires, damaged breakers and switches, and more. Waiting until one of these problems arises can lead to major outages, costly repairs, injury, or worse.
Infrared Inspection: More Than Meets the Eye
Emerging problems don’t always make themselves known, at least not to the naked eye. Yet, failing to recognize such concerns can lead to bigger problems down the road. The more tools you have in your arsenal to identify hidden issues, the better. This is why here at The Budd Group, we deploy certified infrared thermographers to regularly inspect a building’s structural, mechanical, and electrical systems for potential problems before they become serious. Whether you require standard janitorial services or more involved facility maintenance, our teams can deliver exactly what you need.To learn more about all that The Budd Group can do for your business, call us today at 800-221-8158, or send us an email at Solutions@BuddGroup.com!