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USING THERMAL CAMERAS

UNDERSTANDING WATER DAMAGE AND RESTORATION

So, THERMAL CAMERAS ARE USED IN SOME CASES BY SPECIALISTS TO LOCATE THE SOURCE OF A WATER LEAK IN UNDETECTED CIRCUMSTANCES. THE WAY A THERMAL IMAGER WORKS, IS THAT ALL OBJECTS EMIT A FORM OF THERMAL ENERGY COMMONLY KNOWN AS A HEAT SIGNATURE. SO RELATING TO THIS WHEN YOU DO HAVE WATER INGRESS THAT PLAYS A BIG PART ON THE TEMPERATURE DIFFERENTIAL. OBVIOUSLY MOISTURE COOLS A MATERIAL SO THE MORE MOISTURE INVOLVED THE COOLER THAT MATERIAL WOULD COMMONLY GET.

GIVING YOU AN EXAMPLE OF THIS. OUR PROFESSIONAL THERMAL IMAGERS ARE SET TO ORANGE FOR WARMER AND PURPLE FOR COOLER. THE COOLER A MATERIAL IS, OR GETS, THE DEEPER THE PURPLE COLOUR WILL SHOW ON OUR CAMERA. NOW MOST MATERIALS VARY IN TEMPERATURE SO WHEN LOOKING FOR A LEAK, IT IS WISE TO COMPARE TEMPERATURES OF THE SAME MATERIAL. IF THERE IS A SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCE I.E. ONE AREA IS A LOT MORE PURPLE THAN THE REST THEN THAT WOULD BE A PERFECT PLACE TO START LOOKING FOR MOISTURE. ONE MUST ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT IT IS THE MOISTURE METER ITSELF THAT IS GONNA FIND OR TELL YOU WHETHER YOU HAVE A LEAK OR NOT. WITH THE THERMAL IMAGER, JUST BECAUSE SOMETHING IS DARK PURPLE AND APPEARS TO BE EXTREMELY COLD, IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT THERE IS A LEAK. IT MUST BE TESTED WITH A MOISTURE METER TO CONFIRM THAT THE LEAK IS THERE.

THERMAL IMAGERS ARE A HANDY TOOL FOR A WATER RESTORATION TECHNICIAN TO CARRY ONBOARD. A THERMAL CAMERA CAN CERTAINLY ELIMINATE A LOT OF TIME WHEN SEARCHING FOR A PROBLEM AREA. THIS BEING SAID THEY DEFINITELY WORK WELL IN TANDEM WITH A MOISTURE METER. THE PERFECT ASSISTANT AS FAR IS LOCATING THOSE LEAKS GOES.

“Perth Restoration Services Are A Fully Certified IICRC Firm. We Pride Ourselves In Saying We Truly Are Your Friends In Flood, Fire And Restoration.”

— Sean Thomas, Head Technician/Owner

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