Collecting Data by sensors / The role of Infrared Cameras in Mold inspections

Mold Problem = Moisture Problem <= Environment Problem <Living condition>

Thermal Imaging has now been in place for a number of years within the building industry and has been used to find problems with building materials, such as: hidden water leaks, leaks within the HVAC system, general plumbing leaks and faulty electrical and mechanical systems. For example, thermal imaging has been successfully utilized to help determine whether or not there are any significant energy losses due the  incorrect amount of insulation or even missing insulation, thermal imaging has also been used successfully to help locate loose electrical connections or overheated breaker boxes by identifying “hot spots”.

While this equipment cannot readily detect mold, it does hold the “key” to finding mold by quickly and accurately identifying the conditions necessary for mold to be present. By identifying variances in surface temperature, thermal imaging has the ability to help us quickly find moisture incursions. The variances in the surface temperatures often mean that there has recently been a moisture incursion and that variance in the temperature of the moisture present behind the surface is affecting the surface temperature, which is easily detected by high quality infrared cameras. Thermal imaging cameras have quickly become the “must have tool” for IAQ Professionals as they can help to expedite the investigation process significantly, thereby providing investigators with opportunities to increase the number of investigation that can be completed on a daily basis.

This video tells us about the process of detecting by using the thermal camera

References: http://www.advancedmoldinspectors.com/thermal_imaging.htm

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One thought on “Collecting Data by sensors / The role of Infrared Cameras in Mold inspections

  1. very interesting. could you find any information on the cost of these devices? or what are they key sensors they use? if the actual sensor gun is too expensive, could we create a low-fidelity DIY prototype version?

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