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Identifying leaks with thermal imaging

From hard services to soft, building management in Australia has a number of moving parts and variables. The checks and balances that go into maintaining and improving large-scale commercial, industrial or mixed-use structures leave no room for error. This means building managers need the best, most accurate tools for surveying and analysis.

Key to this is thermal imaging. Using the right device, like the Testo 871 or 872, can save building managers time and money.

Thermal imaging performs several functions for building managers; chief among them is identifying leaks and breaks in heating system pipework.

The symptoms of such a leak (like wet floorboards and walls, stains, smells and irregular water temperature) do not give managers a clear understanding of the source of the problem. Typically, methods of discovering the leak rely on intrusive actions like breaking up walls or floors. With thermal imaging devices, managers can locate the source of a leak without such intrusions, identifying them with accuracy.

Applications extend beyond identifying breakage and include:

  • identifying the layout of underfloor heating;
  • checking the function and performance of underfloor heating and piping;
  • monitoring radiators before and after flushing; and
  • inspecting concealed boiler flues.

Most underfloor or in-wall systems throughout a building are critical for day-to-day resident comfort and overall building performance. However, their concealed nature can make them difficult to accurately monitor. To get the clearest, most accurate analysis of what’s behind the walls before they break them open, users can utilise a range of thermal imaging devices.

The Testo 871 and 872 are the best-suited thermal imaging devices for building management. The 872 has resolution of up to 320×240 pixels and under 60 mK thermal resolution, with high thermal sensitivity and a wide field of view – giving users breadth as well as clarity.

Manual and automatic scaling, combined with the company’s Thermography App, give users detailed analysis of heat patterns and the software to turn this into actionable results for how issues can be best addressed

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