Thermal Imaging Finds Water Leaks

Thermal Imaging Finds Water Leaks


Hidden water leaks are hard to find. But, thermal imaging (thermography) can help.

How Thermal Imaging Exposes Hidden Water Leaks

Thermography shows you the difference between temperatures the same way that normal light shows you the difference between colors. On the screen of our thermographic cameras, the relative heat or coldness of surfaces — can be seen clearly. Thermal Imaging is a unique and powerful technology that has many useful applications but is particularly useful to Environmental Consulting Group technicians.

Thermal imaging is our  key to detecting hidden water leaks. This aids our staff in being able to provide immediate assessment of wet building materials on our water damage restoration projects which helps to minimize property damage and  insurance claims. Thermal imaging displays the amount of infrared or thermal energy emitted, transmitted, and reflected by an object.  The water damaged building materials’ surface temperature appear either colder or hotter than their surrounding dry materials depending on the source of the water intrusion. When water damaged building materials are viewed through a thermal imaging camera, warm objects stand out well against cooler backgrounds and vice versa.

Water always chooses the “path of least resistance,” we can use thermal imaging to help explain the often mysterious origin of water leaks that may be far from the physical evidence of damage. When water gets inside your walls, your ceilings, or your floors, the damage it can wreak is enormous. Besides warping wood, rusting steel, and rotting fabrics, moisture can open the doorway to health-destroying organic growth inside your walls.

Thermal imaging technology allows for mapping moisture paths with a completely non-invasive technique. Thermal imaging provides immediate visual results that can reveal the actual source of leaks.