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Thermal Examinations Help Identify Moisture Infiltration

Thermal Examinations Help Identify Moisture Infiltration

SBSA can provide thermal nonintrusive examinations in aiding your team in evaluating the performance and the areas of damage associated with condensation and or moisture intrusion.

In the field of forensic work, thermographic imaging can provide an indication of potential damages that are caused by air, water or thermal changes. The thermal image provides a visual illustration to the areas showing the extent of damages thereby allowing non-destructive means of analysis.  Not only can thermal imaging help determine areas of thermal loss, but it can help identify areas of moisture infiltration and direct intrusive testing efforts prior to cladding removal.  A thorough understanding of the impacts of properties and use of thermal imaging equipment is necessary to provide the proper analysis of the imaging.  SBSAs staff includes both Level I and Level II Certified thermographers.  owner, Ed Fronapfel, has also provided training and published articles to various organizations on the use of thermal imaging in forensic settings.

Using Infrared Thermography in SBSA’s investigations can:

  • Determine or verify damage associated with water claims
  • Identify moisture or air migration paths
  • Identify thermal anomalies


  • Determine performance of cold or super-insulated roofs
  • Identify dead spots and coverage of ice melt systems
  • Determine the extent of damage from water
  • Snow melt system performance monitoring

The Building Envelope

  • Detect areas of moisture infiltration
  • Determine the migration path of moisture
  • Identify potential areas for further intrusive testing, as a result minimizing the need for
  • Intrusive examinations
  • Provide visual illustration of thermal losses

In-Floor Radiant Heat Systems

  • Evaluate in-floor radiant heat systems
  • Locate effective/ineffective heat zones, breaks or ruptures in the lines, improper line placement
  • Determine operating temperatures
  • Allow preventative maintenance of system
  • Identify location of lines to allow for drilling or intrusive examination

Plumbing Breaks

  • Locate water-damaged components or materials that require fixing
  • Determine plumbing line locations behind walls, ceilings and floors
  • Provide an understanding of leak source if not visible with the naked eye

Construction Compliance

  • Insulation Inspections
  • Structural Assessment
  • Air Leakage