Certified Infrared-Thermal Inspections
Axium Inspections offers Infrared-Thermal Inspections. Our thermal-graphic camera enables a powerful, noninvasive method to monitor and diagnose the condition of buildings. This technology quickly identifies any problem areas that can’t be seen by the naked eye – eliminating destructive probing methods. Results are captured and documented instantly into professional reports – providing tangible proof of your findings. Infrared inspections helps you save time, money and provides you with a unique advantage for all residential or commercial inspections.
Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to see and measure thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal–or infrared energy–is light that is not visible, because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye. It’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. In the infrared world everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object’s temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible–infrared or “heat” radiation–and provide precise non-contact temperature measurements. Nearly everything gets hot before it has issues that make it fail, making infrared cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse applications. And as the industry strives to improve manufacturing efficiencies, manage energy, improve product quality, and enhance worker safety, new applications for infrared cameras continually emerge.
Thermography in Action
Interior infrared survey conducted during daytime hours reveals central area saturated with moisture and in need of immediate repair.
The thermogram (right) clearly shows a leaking bedroom ceiling (visible, right). The leak was assumed by the owner to originate in an upstairs marble-paneled bathroom in the $3 million home. The estimated cost to rip out and replace the marble to access the plumbing was estimated at $80,000! Further IR investigation absolved the bathroom and traced the source of the leak to a clogged weep hole under the threshold of a door leading to an upstairs porch.
A\C unit overheated and shut down after running for approximately 30 min. After visual inspection from ground level, maintenance was unable to pin-point trouble. A decision was made to use infrared thermography to determine the reason for overheating. After taking a thermal image of the A\C unit, it was determined that there was excessive heat build-up at the connection of the HI pressure line to the condenser. This in turn created excessive pressure in the compressor causing the over-temp switch to kick off. The infrared inspection verified there was a crushed HI pressure tube at the condenser.
Repair: Evacuated A\C system and replaced HI pressure line from Condenser to Compressor, recharged system with 6.50 LBS of Freon 22.