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Infrared Thermography (Thermal Imaging) Surveys
|Infrared (IR) thermography is commonly
referred to as IR thermal imaging. IR imaging senses temperature variations
and is used in the detection of wetted construction materials and
temperature extremes where condensation may occur. In a sense you
can "look" into a wall if cold or hot is being conducted through a
material such as a wooden wall stud onto drywall. Wet areas are the
cool colors such as blue and purple or dark shades of grey for black &
white thermal cameras and indicate colder temperatures. This is
caused by evaporative cooling on the surface of a material or conduction
via the water from a cold exterior.
We are proud to announce our staff Environmental Scientist is the only Certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) in Chicago and Illinois, and the first in the tri-state area, as of April 2011. Extensive knowledge, experience, and training is required to achieve the CETC and the Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC) designations. With these paired in our Environmental Scientist's credentials a wealth of knowledge is available to you for field investigations performed for water intrusions involved in the building envelope. Thorough image and written documentation is provided for building forensic and litigation cases.
IR technology makes detection of wet materials and intrusion points so much easier during an investigation. Previously moisture meter scanning or pin-point probing was required and this left a lot of room for error. Often wet areas may be very small and easily missed unless exhaustive scanning coverage with a moisture meter was performed. Now the moisture meter is used to confirm IR survey observations for detection of wet materials. Often with the unaided eye only stains are visible, but with IR it is vividly clear that water is present as a temperature anomaly.
|Using an IR camera a survey of a room can
be conducted merely by scanning walls, ceilings, and flooring. When
temperature anomalies are observed closer investigation is performed.
Use of an IR thermometer aids in determining actual temperature variances
and this is particularly important when condensation issues may be
occurring from HVAC ducts or other objects hidden in wall cavities.
For a multi-unit water release in a high-rise building, an IR survey was used for a client to aid their water restoration company in the placement of dehumidification equipment and fans. This allowed for quick drying in units (24 out of 34 surveyed with IR) resulting in a substantial reduction of mold growth and living space contamination as well as a reduction in wall material replacement.
IR surveys can also be used for exterior structural surveys to find wet areas and heat loss as well as detection of electrical overloading issues, rodent burrow detection in insulation, and termite detection. Since Clean Air Sciences, Inc. owns an IR camera, we have it available immediately for emergencies such as large scale water losses and can be available for after normal business hours and weekends. Our Certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC) will help you find the source(s) of your water and mold problems so you can stop them as soon as possible and implement drying equipment. CETC link below for info.
Clean Air Sciences, Inc.'s Environmental Scientist is a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC)
and Certified Environmental Thermography Consultant (CETC), the highest indoor air quality and infrared thermal imaging certifications
held by the American Council for Accredited Certification.
The American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) develops and maintains independent, third-party accredited certification programs for professionals.
ACAC certifications attest to verified knowledge, field experience and continuing professional development.
The CIEC and CETC certifications are accredited by the Council for Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB), a nationally recognized independent accreditation body.
The CIEC program is also accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA). ACAC examinations are compliant with standards published by APA, AERA and NCME.
ACAC is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (ICE), formerly known as NOCA.
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