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Our thermographic surveyors are fully approved and trained to UKTA Level 2 standards, verified to PCN level, and are BINDT certified.

Why Use A Thermal Survey?

Thermal imaging is a quick, easy and non-destructive method of finding any air that's leaking from a building, gaps in insulation or uncovering thermal bridges with the results displayed in clear images. These areas can then be sealed up or building development altered, if needed, to help the building pass Government regulations.

The identification of property issues within the building fabric without knocking down or stripping anything back is invaluable to both contractors and owners with the results likely to save both time and money in getting the building up to code and completed.

The advantage of a camera over a thermometer, for example, is its ability to scan large areas at a time as well its pinpoint accuracy. It's reasons like this why thermal image cameras are one of the most popular tools when diagnosing building problems.

How Do Thermal Images Work?

As the name suggests, the thermography device, that works the same way as a digital camera, takes pictures of the varying temperatures of an area on a scale of blue (cold) to red (hot). A well-insulated room may show up as orange but if there's a broken seal where the warm air is escaping, this little area will show as blue. This makes thermography a very powerful tool to help save both time and money by not only identifying issues early but showing you exactly where they occur.

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The Effects Of Heat Loss Revealed By Thermography

Poor or broken insulation can lead to cold drafts throughout the building as well as giving outside moisture a root inside. This can lead to further issues like mould and damp that can be a costly fix. Similarly, thermographic images can highlight leaks in piping that can lead to the same issues if untreated.

The difference in temperature between the cold air from the outside and the warm air of the inside can also lead to condensation and it only takes the smallest of gaps to cause huge complications. Warm air escaping can also cause energy loss as heating will need to be on for longer or at a higher temperature in order to battle the constant losses from sealing gaps.

By following pipes, whether they be around a house or even under the city streets, steam and water can be seen escaping which in turn causes low pressure and even damage to the surrounding areas. Locating these cracks and breakages will help solve issues with systems such as central heating, air conditioning and ventilation. These systems must be working correctly to make sure the air is a certain temperature and humidity or the building could end up with poor air quality.

By pouring hot water through a pipework system and the pipes themselves generally cold, any blockages will stand out very clearly at where the bright colour stops. This gives you an exact position of the blockage and avoids any trial and error replacement of pieces.

Moisture Detection Through Thermal Imaging

Damp areas provide the perfect breeding ground for fungi and mould that can lead to serious health issues. Moisture damage from condensation is the most common cause behind damp areas in buildings and can form almost anywhere from floors to walls to ceilings and takes a long time to dry out properly as generally speaking most of the damage is hidden beneath the surface.

A thermal imaging survey can locate these damp patches while they're still hidden and can usually be rectified before mould can grow and spill out to the visible areas. Tougher areas may not even show themselves right away but our expert thermal team knows how to reveal them by carefully changing the temperature of a room. This is because mositure patches will take longer to change temperature than their dryer counter-parts.

What's A Thermal Bridge?

Heat is lazy and will follow the simplest path to the outside of a building, a thermal bridge will illustrate where energy is being wasted by highlighting the path that the heat is taking to make its escape. By following this path you can uncover the leakage area and fix it and ultimately save money on energy costs.

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Further Benefits of A Thermal Survey

Though thermorgaphy is usually partnered with air quality, thermal imagary can reveal far more than that, for example, faulty electronics. Wire faults can cause overheating that would be undetectable by the naked eye from the outside until it's too late. Spotting these types of heat signatures early can avoid short-fusing a system and even fires around poorly managed units.

Thermography isn't simply used to show what's wrong with a building but how good too, such as if a wall or floor is completely dry upon completion. Doing this before completing the build or moving forward with construction helps create a solid foundation. If wet, however, there are certain techniques used to help the drying process and allow the building to be handed over to the client faster - with thermal images as proof of its condition.

Thermographic images highlight pipes and frameworks under the surface, showing if something's damaged or even where not to go during renovation or conversion. These structures are much clearer when behind plaster work and can indicate whether the plaster itself is wearing thin before cracks occur on the outside.

Building Regulations and Thermal Imagery

BREEAM and other sustainability statements as well as Part L under building regulations specifies that thermal surveys are now a requirement. With the proof a thermal image provides coupled with the accuracy and visual representation, this comes as little surprise. You're no longer just being told how a building has been constructed and how good the insulation and sealing is but being able to see easily and quickly makes a huge difference in not just the piece of mind for the owner but also as evidence for building regulators.

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