Thermal imaging for defect detection

Category: Detect & Inspect Property Defects

Traditional processes for determining a building’s energy efficiency are frequently cumbersome, destructive and costly.

Be it the drilling of holes or the erection of unsightly scaffolding scaling the building, it’s little wonder so many of the UK’s property owners are reluctant to proceed, fearful of significant bills, unreliable information or potential disputes with inconvenienced occupants.

This is precisely why the use of infrared thermography is a no-brainer for defect detection.

While we’ve blogged extensively about the technology’s merits for energy efficiency, the same cornerstones are relevant to the defect market as well – cost, accuracy and speed.

For instance, IRT Surveys took just one evening recently to solve a five year dispute between a landlord, tenant and two sets of building surveyors over a building defect.  While time, effort and money had been wasted on several destructive tests on the property’s roof, one thermal image captured from distance in a matter of seconds showed a build up of water in the cladding system. In other words, the dispute existed because surveyors were looking in the wrong place.

At a time when burying your head in the sand is simply not an option, infrared thermography gives property owners a clear starting point allowing them to prioritise refurbishment programs accordingly. One image can highlight defects such as porous brickwork, delamination, moisture issues, rising damp, burst pipes and underfloor heating problems.

That’s why we’ve compiled this detailed report highlighting the revolutionary effect thermal imaging is having on defect detection.

By comparing the technology to traditional techniques, we look at the benefits it offers in terms of being:

Non-invasive: Thermal images can be captured without any inconvenience to a building’s occupants.

Fast: It takes just three seconds to capture a thermal image capable of revealing all defects and areas of concern within a building.

Accurate: A picture is worth 1000 words. Nothing is left to interpretation as the highly visual results overwhelmingly highlight the problem areas.

Cheap: Compared to costly traditional methods, infrared thermography is incredibly cost effective, with the accuracy of results meaning property owners can be sure they are investing wisely on refurbishments.

Safe: No need for surveyors to scale unstable buildings. Images can be captured safely from distance ensuring there are no risks to the surveyors or those within the vicinity.

Protective: More and more businesses are using infrared thermography for Quality Assurance assessments, thus protecting themselves against frivolous complaints in the future.

We feature many real life case studies in the article which show why infrared thermography is a must for future defect detection.