Why you need to Know About Infrared Electrical System Scans

There are few things as devastating for families or tenants than a fire in the place where they call home. Not only does it lead to insecure housing, fires often destroy the majority, if not all, of the belongings within the structure. Cooking, heating equipment, and electrical issues are the three leading causes of fires in buildings and homes. Of course, these are only a few causes of building fires, but in this blog, we’re going to focus on electrical issues and how a simple test can help identify faulty wires.

Regardless of the age of the building, wiring and electrical systems pose a threat to the integrity of the structure. Many people think of electrical fires and assume the wiring must be old and outdated. But in reality, all buildings are at risk. Although less common, it is still entirely possible to suffer fire damage in new builds. So what can we do to safeguard against this damage? Check the electrical systems in the building. On the surface, this sounds extensive, intrusive and damaging to the structure, but there are simple tests available to check the electrical systems.

Many insurance companies don’t just recommend commercial businesses get an infrared electrical system scan, they require it. To maintain good standing with insurance companies, a commercial business must mitigate risk by taking the necessary steps to ensure the safety of patrons and occupants.

Benefits of Infrared Electrical System Scan

Scans increase the safety and efficiency of your building. These tests help you better understand your electrical systems without damaging the building. If electrical systems emit too much heat, scans can flag problem areas and professionals determine the best course of action. Read the list below for more of the benefits of an Infrared Electrical System Scan.

  • Reduce the potential for personal injury and damage to buildings and equipment by making sure the electrical equipment is repaired or replaced prior to failure.
  • Minimize charges on monthly electric utility bills by making sure equipment is performing at peak efficiency.
  • Lower the cost of ongoing equipment repair and replacement by performing regular maintenance. If you wait for equipment to malfunction it can cause damage to other electrical equipment both up and downstream of the failure. The resulting loss can be more widespread than you realize.
  • Avoid the disastrous effects of electrical outages on plant production schedules and customer commitments.
  • Avoid the costs of temporary repairs to get production operating until full repairs can be completed.

Frequency

The frequency of inspection depends on environmental conditions, the age of the equipment and type of operations to name a few. For most buildings, an annual inspection is a good baseline for inspections. Speak to a professional, licensed contractor to determine the best timeline for inspections. Add this inspection to your regular maintenance checklist to make sure everything is in working order before the electrical systems have the opportunity to damage the building.

Who Should Perform The Test

Not everyone is certified to perform these tests, and more so, most electricians don’t have the equipment necessary for conducting these tests accurately. Look for certified thermographers with good reviews and a good reputation. Also look at the certification levels of these professionals. See a brief explanation of the certification levels below to learn more.

Level 1 Infrared Technology Certification

This is the first of three levels. Level 1 professionals are relatively new to infrared diagnostics. This is not to say they are entry-level technicians, but it does mean they are limited to operating infrared cameras and software to identify and measure thermal patterns,

Level 2 Infrared Technology Certification

The second level professionals are experienced and with their knowledge, are capable of troubleshooting issues. These professionals are able to provide recommendations and technical direction.

Level 3 Infrared Technology Certification

Level 3 is the most advanced level of professionals. Level three denotes a program, or program manager capable of writing maintenance and inspection practices. They can also develop testing criteria. With all of the abilities of levels one and two, level three thermographers can provide guidance and act as a resource for infrared Electrical System Scans.

If you’re looking for Infrared Electrical System scans, contact our team of Level 3 Thermographers to help you evaluate your electrical systems. At TSI, we don’t sell any electrical parts or services. We test and give unbiased reports to help you understand your electrical system and make the right decisions based on those results. We’re happy to talk with you about our professionals, systems, and testing. Contact us to get started and increase the safety of your building!

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Introducing Electric Field Vector Mapping – EFVM®

Jersey Infrared Consultants, pioneers in the Infrared Industry since 1984, are pleased to offer another form of non-destructive testing – ElectricField Vector Mapping, or EFVM®.

EFVM® is a type of non-destructive testing used to locate a breach or void in a waterproofing membrane. During testing, an electrical current at low voltage is used to create an electrical potential between a non-conductive membrane and a grounded conductive deck or substrate.

Common applications for EFVM® include quality assurance testing of newly installed waterproofing membranes prior to installation of pavers or overburden; locating sources of leaks in IRMA or uninsulated roof systems; and identifying breaches or holes in parking deck or patio membranes.

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How Does Wall Moisture Develop?

Moisture problems in a building can be a huge issue for businesses. The problem with moisture is you sometimes don’t even know it’s present until it’s too late. Once mold and mildew start forming, you could be dealing with significant repairs and potential health issues for yourself and your employees.

The good news is regular thermographic scanning can detect areas where wall moisture is present. This allows you to address the area before it gets worse and causes significant issues. How does wall moisture really develop and what can you do to prevent it? Here are some facts and points to consider.

Poor Construction or Drainage

Many infrared inspection services realize wall moisture is simply a result of poor construction, especially in the drainage system. Some structures simply aren’t built to handle water drainage, no matter how structurally sound they are. This is one of the reasons why infrared thermography testing is critical before purchasing or leasing a new office space. When water sets in certain areas, especially on the roof of a building, wall moisture is inevitable. Thermographic scanning plays a large role in identifying large-scale issues that could lead to wall moisture at some point.

Cracks or Holes in the Wall

Any time you have cracks or holes in your wall, there’s a huge risk of moisture intruding. Moisture could hide in between the walls for a long time before you ever notice an issue. However, when you do an infrared thermography scan, thermographers will be able to detect the presence of moisture because of the temperature difference in certain areas. When these areas are identified, you can address the crack or hole immediately to prevent mold growth or other larger issues.

Humidity and Heat

If your building is in an extremely hot and humid environment, you always have to be concerned about moisture developing where it shouldn’t be. When you combine moisture with heat and small spaces, you’re sure to develop mold and other issues requiring extensive repairs.

The good thing about infrared inspection services is the IR technology can quickly and easily identify areas where moisture is present. This could be on a roof, in walls, in a basement, HVAC systems or anywhere else you normally don’t look. Humidity and heat are uncomfortable to begin with, but the combination can also lead to tough consequences for your business if it leads to wall moisture.

Infrared Consulting Services is the leader in providing the best thermographic scanning services in the industry. Our certified thermographers can not only detect wall moisture, but can also help you identify the root of the issue so it won’t occur again. Be sure to contact us to set up an appointment or to learn more about our services and how we can help your business.

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ROOF INSPECTION

Have a roof inspection done today!

A roof inspection is good to do every year.  A commercial roof is a very large expense.  If you wait until your roof leaks through the ceiling to start caring for your roof, you’ve waited far to long.  At Drone Infrared Imaging one of our specialties in roof inspections.  Roofs of all ages need to have inspections.  I don’t know what it is about flat roofs but things happen up there.  Anything from people vandalizing to bullets puncturing the roof from people shooting in the air.  What goes up must come down.  Yes I have seen it.  Animals can cause havoc on a roof.  People storing things on the roof can also damage a roof.  And lastly one of the biggest causes of a commercial flat roof being damaged is neglect.

Roof Inspection, Drone

Core sample of a flat roof

One of the most important part of an inspection is to do a core sample to know what is going on.  The above pictures reveals a poured concrete deck with multiple layers of felt and tar.  It also have a modified bitumen cap sheet.  We know from this that a leak would take a lot of time to penetrate all the way through the concrete.  As a result, inspections for this type of roof should be performed often.  By that I mean once or twice a year.

A roof inspection is not an expensive proposition.  They range anywhere from $450-$1200 per building.  They could cost a little more depending on the circumstances.  Or they could cost less depending on how many buildings.  At Drone Infrared Imaging we can also provide an aerial picture and or an infrared picture of you roof.  This would all depend on what service you would prefer for your roof.  Thanks for checking out my blog.  We look forward to hear from you.  Drone Infrared Imaging.

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ROOF CONSULTANT

When should I hire a Roof Consultant?

Never, if you want to make the mistake that so many others in your shoes have made.  Understanding your roof system and have a professional make some decisions regarding that roof can go a long way in saving you money in the end.  Also a lot of building owners, property managers, condominiums, apartments need the security of hiring a roof consultant.

What would a Roof Consultant do for me?

He should make a clear and concise assessment of your roof.  He should know every component of the roof system from the deck to the top layer of roofing.  There should be an explanation of  how he got to the decision of picking the roof system he chose.  Pictures are a must for explaining each item involved in the roof system.  We at Drone Infrared Imaging, use a drone with a HD Camera to allow us to capture pictures and video to put in our presentation.

Specifications are  probably the most important piece to the puzzle because it keeps everyone on the same page.  How many times have we been in a position of making a decision based on three or four different types of roofing systems.  This leaves us guessing which roof system will be best for our situation and it leaves the door wide open for massive price differences.  If all contractors are bidding from the same specification then the price differences should be small.  Roofing contractors tend to give better pricing if they know they are bidding the same system and are bidding against other who are doing the same.

The last piece is to decide on a roofing contractor to confirm their pricing and set up the project.  The consultant can also be involve with the entire roof project to make sure things are getting done correctly.  Aerial photography can be taken periodically to inform all involved where we are at in the progress of the roof project.  Video Overview of a Roof Project

What about Roof Consultant pricing?

There are many price points which can be used.  The consultant can just assess the roof system currently install to see if repair can be done which would be a low-cost item.  Or they can be involved in the whole roof replacement process from start to finish relieving the burden of others having to take large amounts of time and energy out of our busy schedules.  All price points will be available after an assessment of the project is done depending on how small or large the project is.

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Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography

Aerial Photography in roofing can highlight any project from start to finish.  Any contractor can use these services.  Aerial Photography can be used as a safety check, project progress or project completion photographs.  This is a completed roof photograph with no editing, just a raw photograph shot by DJI Inspire 1 pro camera.  What is amazing is that during the time of the photograph it was abundantly windy yet the picture turned out clear.  These amazing machines can be used for so much and will continue to be used for so much more as we learn all of there capabilities.

Aerial Video

One of the most impressive features of a drone is the ability to capture 4k video.  What we are trying to achieve is a butter smooth video to be used on some type of promo website hopefully capturing the magnitude of this building Front of Building Video 1.  This building seems to go on forever, but with the help of a professional drone we can capture a new perspective or as one person on the ground said as he was watching me film on my Ipad, “The building doesn’t look so big anymore”.  The contractor who did the roof installation used these pictures to really impress the building owner.  This in turn caused the owner to use the photos in many different departments of their company.  In the end all we want is happy customers.

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Commercial Real Estate Roof Inspection

Commercial real estate roof inspection with infrared will take the unknown out of the equation in purchasing a building.  With the new codes for roof insulation on a flat commercial industrial roof, commercial roofs have become a very expensive proposition.  As an owner, if you are purchasing a building, an infrared scan of the roof can reveal what current owners probably don’t want you to know.  Moisture underneath a roof system will serve as a catalyst to deteriorate the roof system from the underside of the system.   What does this mean?  Replacing your roof could cost between $10-$20 per sq ft.  This needs to be negotiated before the sale of the building!

The above infrared roof scan can reveal whether there is moisture trapped under the system.  Is the above infrared something that will make us fearful or something that will make us feel secure?  The answer is secure.  The above system has very little changes in temperature all the way across the roof system thus giving it an “A” rating.  There are no signs of moisture or leaks for that matter.

Drone Infrared Imaging can give security knowing for sure the roof on your future facility is in good condition.  We can take the guess-work out of a roofing contractor taking core sample to see if moisture is found.  ONE other important point: Roof insulation can absorb a lot of water before it actually leaks into the building.  So just asking if there are any leaks is not a good determination that the roof is safe and sound.

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