Technology can increase the quality and accuracy of due diligence. An infrared imaging camera, for example, shows the stratification of heat across any medium and helps us see through walls during a due diligence assessment. Infrared scanning is not a standard component but is available as an additional scope item that can be requested when you need the due diligence assessment to go deeper.
In this blog, let’s take a look at Infrared Imaging technology, which plays an important diagnostic role in several of our due diligence fields:
Property Condition Assessments
Infrared scanning can be used in Property Condition Assessments (PCA) for a variety of specialized inspections.
For roof inspections, infrared imaging can find water-soaked insulation or identify exactly where water is penetrating the roof. It can locate hot spots in electrical systems, particularly circuits and boxes that may require replacing. Infrared scanning can also identify mechanical equipment that’s running hot (because the bearings are going and need replacing), and locate heat build-up due to shorted electrical circuits, particularly aluminum wiring.
Mold and Moisture Inspections
Infrared scanning is extremely useful in Moisture and Mold Assessments, as mold and moisture can exist in places that are very hard to see. An infrared camera can detect moisture within wall cavities, roofs or ceiling areas; leaky pipes in floor systems; as well as water intrusion around windows and doors. It can also identify moisture in walls that are below grade, indicating that the perimeter waterproofing system has failed.
Though it is not commonly used during an Energy Audit, infrared imaging can identify points of excess air infiltration or failing insulation.
Timing is key for infrared or thermographic scans. For example, it’s generally best to scan a wet roof during the night. This is because the wet insulation will retain the heat longer than the surrounding dry materials. So, as the roof system cools down during the night, the wet areas will light up like a light bulb!
Using Infrared Imaging technology to augment the real estate due diligence process enables owners to better manage their assets and investors to make better decisions based on more detailed and accurate information.