Thermography – What Is It?


Thermography is the use of infrared imaging and measurement camera to “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat.

Infrared thermal cameras allow us to see what our eyes cannot by producing images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation. Nearly everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse applications.

Our infrared camera technicians can instantly show you what’s wet and what’s dry. Rapid’s B-2 Infrared camera by FLIR can instantly find the source of water damage with little or no physical disassembly of the premises and minimal disturbance of occupants. The infrared camera is Rapid Recovery Service’s inspection asset for fast, reliable, accurate building diagnosis and estimating from post-catastrophe fire and flood estimates, to diagnosing chronic leaks and moisture problems.

Use In The Restoration Process


The infrared image shows water leakage in the roof.*

Detect Building Moisture Issues

Our technicians can accurately locate building moisture issues and track it to the source. This technology allows us to inspect places that can’t physically be reached with moisture meters. Once repaired, Rapid technicians can efficiently and effectively monitor the drying process and confirm when moisture has been eliminated.

Document Restoration Conditions

Infrared cameras can track and easily record current or post-repair restoration conditions — documenting cause and origin data and images. Infrared thermography gives Rapid Recovery Service a definite advantage over our competition.

Pinpoint Problem Areas

Infrared Technology enables Rapid Recovery to locate problem areas with extreme accuracy, taking the guesswork out of trying to find issues hidden within walls, and ceilings/roofs – saving time and money over traditional visual inspection methods.

Energy Auditing

Check Energy Efficiency

Rapid technicians can now locate and address heating and cooling losses in residential, commercial and industrial buildings with pinpoint accuracy, enabling not only repairs and adjustments to be made, but accurately verify the work after the repairs.

Quickly Locate Areas of Cost Savings

The infrared inspection locates missing insulation in the roof.*

Many residential, commercial and industrial organizations can easily locate and address ways to save money on energy costs through infrared analysis.

Verify Proper Systems Operation

Rapid can now make Infrared inspections that may be used to inspect and verify heating and cooling systems — for example, to ensure the proper operation of radiant heating pipes located in the flooring to check for crimps in tubing and post-installation validation concerns.

Building Inspection

Locate Electrical Problems

Issues with electrical connections, wiring or other system components are clearly highlighted as “hot spots” with infrared imagery — Rapid Recovery Service can easily locate and repair any issues quickly and effectively.

Diagnose Building Conditions

Buildings may be quickly and thoroughly scanned via infrared, identifying problem areas that can’t be seen by the naked eye — ensuring the integrity of both structural and environmental systems for building inspection, repair verification, and insurance purposes.

Easy Non-Invasive Non-Destructive Testing

The infrared inspection reveals an incorrect window installation. The coating is placed on the inside instead of the outside of the window.*

Infrared imagery facilitates repairs quickly, easily and safely by minimizing the need for building disassembly, repair time, and labor costs.

Detect Plumbing Issues

Rapid Recovery Service’s infrared technicians can easily detect blockages in pipes, which may be quickly located and addressed — enabling immediate response if required. The use of this non-destructive technology provides for proactive action to be taken before the problem worsens and remains a disaster waiting to happen.

Termite Nest Discovery

Infrared cameras in building inspections can even be used for rodent and pest discovery, as their lairs emit heat greater than the surrounding area — a great method to identify yet another hidden problem area when looking to purchase, lease or restore a building.

Locate HVAC Problem Areas

Rapid can fine loose, ill-fitting or disconnected heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC) system fittings, which can lead to moisture issues and poor building airflow, as well as wasted energy and money!

*Photos and captions courtesy of FLIR