Infrared Inspection Report

Introduction

Thermography is a “heat diagram” or a visible picture using the infrared wavelengths. This imaging technique is a powerful and noninvasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings.

IR inspections can provide immediate documentation of as-built and post-restoration conditions, post-casualty cause and origin data, plumbing and building envelope water leakage, post-flood water-damaged material assessment energy use inefficiency, and electrical problems. Typically water on building materials will evaporate and cool by about 6 degrees. A wet spot when observed with the infrared camera is visible as a distinct cool spot.

Description

Purofirst was contacted and contracted by XYZ Homes to inspect and locate any possible water leaks or water intrusion into this home. An IR inspection was the only work performed at this time. The following report is a summation of those findings.

Findings
IR thermography was performed on the main level of this home to determine location of water leaks or air infiltration. As the following pictures will indicate, water leaks were located, missing insulation, and air infiltration.

Recommendations
As indicated by the infrared inspection, (Figure 1) There is one area of air infiltration that will require further investigation to determine cause. (Figure 2) There is a water leak in the ceiling of the Family Room. Upon running water in the shower in the Master Bathroom this was determined to be a drain pipe leak. This will need to be repaired and the area checked thoroughly to ensure it is dry. The leak at the foyer windows is caused by a flashing problem on the Portico roof. This needs to be repaired prior to interior repair. (Figure 3) There are two areas of missing insulation. (Figure 4) The area in the ceiling of the Family Room can be remedied by accessing the attic from the garage. (Figure 5) However the area in the wall of the Family Room will need to have the drywall removed to install the insulation.



Figure 1


Infrared picture reveals moisture in the wall to the right of foyer windows.



Figure 2


Infrared picture reveals moisture in the wall below the foyer windows.



Figure 3


Infrared picture reveals moisture in the wall below the foyer windows.



Figure 4


Infrared picture reveals missing insulation in the corner of the ceiling in the family room.



Figure 5


Infrared picture reveals air infiltration (fore-ground), a water leak in the corner, and another spot of missing insulation.

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