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Infrared leak detection: Using a thermal imaging camera for water leak detection

Infrared leak detection: Using a thermal imaging camera for water leak detection

Did you know you can use a thermal camera for infrared moisture detection?

Infrared cameras essentially see temperatures - turning them into colors on a screen. If your home has a water leak somewhere, you can easily use a thermal camera to find the leak via infrared leak detection. Moreover, you can use the thermal camera to trace the leak back to its source and figure out exactly what needs to be fixed. You can quickly see if there are water leaks in a crawl space, along a basement wall, or even in a dark attic.

What is an infrared camera?

While traditional visible-light cameras capture images of objects reflecting light visible to the naked eye, an infrared camera captures infrared light, which the human eye cannot see. All objects radiate some form of heat energy, but some wavelengths within the electromagnetic spectrum are invisible, including infrared. Sensors in an infrared camera capture a particular range of invisible energy emission (700-1000 nm) and then express each heat value (or wavelength) through a set of corresponding colors. The resulting image is called a thermograph and is usually viewable on an LCD screen.

How to use a thermal camera as an infrared water leak detector

Using a thermal camera as an infrared water leak detector is usually very efficient. With a thermal camera, you can quickly and non-invasively zero in on a water leak because of evaporative moisture cooling. Evaporative moisture cooling is a fancy phrase that describes how things feel colder when they are wet. If you locate a water leak in the corner of a room where the walls intersect with a carpeted floor - you should see exactly how far into the carpet the water leak extends, without feeling around on your hands and knees. Also, if the water was coming from the roofline you would see the wet areas as they ran from the ceiling to the floor. Oftentimes, using a thermal camera to investigate water leaks results in a less invasive inspection process than if you were looking with your eyes and feeling where the leak is coming from. Finding the source of a leak can be significantly more difficult in an attic or crawlspace where visibility and mobility are limited - let the thermal camera find the source of the leak for you.

What is the best thermal imaging camera for water leak detection?

The best thermal imaging camera for infrared moisture detection is a handheld model that is lightweight and portable. Teslong makes several models that would suit the needs of any contractor or DIY home improver.

Shop Teslong infrared cameras today!

Teslong makes the best thermal imaging camera for water leak detection, they can be used for identifying water leaks, energy loss, and other thermal problems when you are performing a house inspection. Infrared cameras are also great for finding people or animals in the woods, quickly locating insulation gaps, checking for properly functioning plumbing, identifying overheating electrical components, and many other applications.


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