What Is Infrared or Thermal Imaging?
Infrared thermography, thermal imaging, thermographic imaging, or thermal video, is a type of infrared imaging science. Thermographic cameras detect radiation in the infrared range of the electromagnetic spectrum (roughly 900-14,000 nanometers or 0.9-14 µm) and produce images of that radiation, called thermograms. Infrared light is part of the same electromagnetic spectrum as visible light, but it is not visible to the human eye. Since infrared radiation is emitted by all objects near room temperature, thermography makes it possible to "see" one's environment with or without visible illumination.
Infrared light is associated with heat and is emitted by all objects at temperatures above absolute zero. Specialized equipment can detect infrared light and display it as a visible image for analysis and interpretation. The amount of radiation emitted by an object increases with temperature, therefore thermography allows one to see variations in temperature (hence the name). Our infrared thermography camera uses the same basic technology as military and scientific devices.
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Thermal Imaging, Moisture Detection, & Water Damaged Building Materials
Our staff is trained to use thermal imaging cameras on our water damage restoration projects as a powerful and non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of building materials that have been damaged by water.
It is important to note that 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.
Thermal Imaging cameras in the hands of our trained team members can provide immediate assessment of wet building materials on our water damage restoration projects helps to minimize property damage insurance claims throughout Long Island and New York City.
Our infrared or thermal imaging cameras are invaluable on our water damage irestoration projects. It allows our Disaster Response Team members to quickly and easily identify areas of possible water damaged building materials which need to be inspected further using our moisture meters. The thermal cameras do not tell us difinitively which building materials have been damaged by water. It allows us to see if the water damaged building materials' surface temperature is either hotter or colder than their surrounding dry building materials, depending on the source of the moisture. We always use our moisture meters to confirm the presence of water damage in the building materials in question.
Whether we are in New York City or the East End of Long Island there is no better tool for moisture detection than a Thermal Imaging Camera to highlight areas of possible water damage that need further inspection with our moisture meters.