Infrared/ Thermal Imaging

Infrared Thermography

Our comprehensive moisture inspection involves moisture testing and surveying utilising thermal imagery (infrared technology), probes, and non-invasive moisture meters and is combined with our Weathertightness Inspection; when requested.

(This test is highly recommended for pre-purchase inspections, especially on plaster homes, and also where there is suspicion of leaky home issues)

An infrared camera is used to scan the walls and ceilings of the entire property, and any thermal anomalies are investigated further on the property interior. Using both non-invasive capacitance meters and probe resistance readings, and where accessible on the exterior.

North Star Inspections Thermal Imaging offers:

A full Weathertightness inspection inside and out. Moisture readings, assessing weather-tightness details, providing recommendations, commenting on shortcomings and possible causations. And the full infrared scan of each room, reporting on moisture content and any concerning thermal anomalies .

An Infrared camera is an exceptional tool in the moisture detection process. Providing in-depth assistance to the building inspectors analysis and moisture confirmation.

The combination of high-quality infrared inspection tools and highly experienced Weathertightness Inspectors; makes the North Star Inspections team is your best choice for identifying water ingress issues in your property.

What Thermal Imaging adds to a Weathertightness Inspection.

It is a common misconception that if leaks are present there will be visible signs; and an accompanying smell. But this is not often the case. Yes, some leaks show staining, swelling to trim, bubbling to the gib, and often wet concrete smells; but this can often be visible a long time after ingression began and the damage within the walls can be sever.

Other times water infiltrates the rear of the timber framing causing decay,  while the front of the timber is dry. Showing no evidence of the structural decay or unhealthy moulds within.  

The Infrared camera can often detect anomalies (cooler areas) at the rear of the frame and water pooling on the ceiling (roof leaks), under the decks (deck failure), or below showers (shower waterproofing failure); that are not visible with the naked eye.  
Therefore; the ability to scan large areas helps the inspector locate moisture ingress, identify failure points, and helps provide a more thorough picture; as to the extent or source of moisture ingress.

Infrared Limitations

Infrared is best performed within the interior. Exterior thermography is difficult due to weather and draught factors.

There are limitations when using an infrared camera and that is why is is used in combination with the other weathertightness inspections methods.

Many factors have to be accounted for such as:

  • Construction methods and materials result in different readings
  • Patterns or shadows affect temperatures,
  • Insulations variable
  • Draughts
  • Temperature fluctuations
  • Cold rooms.
  • Reflective surfaces; such as tiles.
  • Stored Items, can not view behind furniture.

Leak Detection

If you suspect that you may have a leak in your building; dont’ delay. As any minor problems have the potential to escalate in cost.

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