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thermographic inspection ceilingThis pool house in Virginia Beach had anonymous air and water leaks. Fine grains of sand are spread throughout the area by what source? "After every cleanup, they keep coming back," said the building maintenance official," and there is a water leak no one can seem to find above the bathroom." We looked around and saw nothing blatantly visual as to where to problem's sources were. Time to turn on the camera: immediately issues started showing themselves everywhere.

The mean temperature of the pool house was 85-90 degrees Fahrenheit. And up at the top of the walls. The infrared camera showed areas that were always 20-30 degrees cooler. This is a huge difference, also known as a problem.

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thermo air leakThe Window Man now offers Thermographic Home Inspections. We purchased a very expensive Flir IR (infrared) camera in the middle of the 2013 summer. One may ask, "Why are you just now offering these services?" Getting familiar with this camera takes time. In the words of the wise Window Man, "There are too many fussy settings on the darn thing...why don't you have a go at it better Window Man"—these are conversations between me, the one writing this as you can gather, and my father. Well he was right. There are too many fussy settings.

Every object gives off or emits different infrared radiation which is termed "emissivity." And, glossy objects emit the most; these are materials such as metals.  When looking through the camera a metal object shows as bright white or hot when the temperature is actually cool—one has to get used to this. Another issue involved is temperature differential. On the first expedition with the camera, we were so excited to see this "baby" in action, we quickly turned it on and off we went around the house looking for...well stuff (whatever stuff was, we didn't know).