SERVPRO of North Utah - Thermal Camera Explanation
Water damage has long-term and short-term effects. Most of the long-term effects are a result of moisture remnants left unaddressed during a restoration exercise. It might be hard to identify moisture problems in some sections of your North Utah property such as wall cavities by just measuring the relative humidity in the affected room. On the other hand, tearing down such spaces in search of moisture introduces unnecessary inconveniences and costs. We use specialized equipment such as thermal cameras, which help identify these problem areas without doing further damage as Corbin Johnson, one of SERVPRO project managers explains.
“The FLIR infrared thermal camera, basically what it does is in the name, it just picks up heat signatures,” Corbin says. A thermal camera detects infrared light which is normally produced by objects above at temperatures above absolute zero. Temperature, therefore, determines the appearance of objects when examined through the camera. “You notice the concrete on the floor is obviously cooler than the wall,” says Corbin, as the camera shows patches of blue and orange as he points it to a section of the room.
With the camera, we can do more than identifying the problem areas. For instance, using the cold spots and hot spots, we can trace the source as well as the progress of the problem. It is important to note that not every cold signature indicates a problem. Some materials like concrete or metal are cooler than wood or drywall, so they appear different. Our SERVPRO technicians are aware of these and therefore rely on their extensive experience when diagnosing problems in a structure.
Pinpointing the exact location where there is excess moisture allows our SERVPRO technicians to apply effective, but less destructive remedies. For example, we can drill small weep holes to drain water or create slightly larger ones to enable air circulation within a wall cavity for faster drying.
For proper restoration of your property after water damage, call SERVPRO of North Utah County at (801) 785-5228. We’re Faster To Any Size Disaster.