Thermal Imaging Inspections | Brisbane

Thermal Imaging Inspections | Brisbane

What is thermal imaging?

Thermal imaging inspections are basically a method of detecting differences in a wall’s heat energy. There are different uses for thermal imaging devices, but the one we will be focusing on in this article is their use of picking up on termite activity in buildings. Essentially, it is a non-invasive method of checking a building for potential termite infestations. 

How is thermal imaging used to detect termite activity?

When termites move into the structure of a building, they create a climate that can be warmer than its surroundings. A thermal camera generates an image created by heat energy. When nests of termites or a concentration of the pesky critters are busy at work, the camera can detect inconsistencies within the walls of a building, and pin point were termite damage is occurring. Thermal imaging cameras are non-destructive devices that read the walls without disturbing the surface.

Thanks to these cameras, large areas can be scanned over with speed and precision by trained professionals, meaning if there’s a termite problem, it can be found before too much damage is caused.

Thermal imaging inspections in Brisbane can also pick up on inactive termite nests, as the mud from the nests will be cooler than the building, meaning you can find out what’s been going on behind the walls of a building, without worrying about having to break into the interior.

Try to keep in mind there are many other causes of heat within a house or building, including circuits and wires, hot water pipes, hot water systems, and electrical appliances, just to name a few. A qualified pest and building inspector should be able to find the source of heat inconsistencies in your home (and it may not always be termites), but if you want to go the extra mile to make it a little easier for them, here are a few things you can do: 

–          Remove sources that can cause heat inconsistencies if possible

–          Create a stable temperature by turning off air conditioners or heaters

–          When possible, ensure walls are easy to scan and are not blocked by objects

–          Turn off appliances that don’t need to be running prior to and during the inspection

By following these simple instructions, you can minimize heat irregularities and make sure the inspection goes as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Thermal imaging inspections Brisbane

While thermal imaging cameras can be bought online, without proper training or experience, the cameras are virtually useless when looking for inconsistences in the walls and searching for signs of termites. The team at ASAP Building and Pest Inspections are the experts in identifying if termites have made a building’s interior their new home.

If you are concerned about what may be lurking behind the walls of a building you work in, or are looking at buying a new home but want peace of mind that you won’t be dealing with costly repairs later on down the track, give us a call and we’ll take the hassle out of your termite inspections in Brisbane. 

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