Thermal Imaging: Prevent Your Pipes from Bursting


Wouldn’t it be nice to spot an issue before it becomes a problem? Dealing with busted pipes is no walk in the park and during the winter season, it’s a recurring nightmare for homeowners.

So why does the cold winter weather affect your pipes and how can thermal imaging help prevent it?

The American Red Cross had this to say about frozen pipes:

“Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.”

To read more about preventing your pipes from freezing, read our blog about it.

Even with preventative measures taken (or maybe you forgot to take those measures) your pipes can still freeze. That’s where Thermal Imaging comes in. With infrared cameras that incorporate temperature measurement, thermal imaging can detect frozen pipes in your home as well as any moisture that can lead to a leak.

thermal4So how does it work and why does it need to include temperature measurement?

When using thermal imaging, finding a problem with an infrared camera is sometimes not enough. In fact, an infrared camera image alone without accurate temperature measurements says very little about the condition of an electrical connection or worn mechanical part. Many electrical targets are operating properly at temperatures that are significantly above ambient. An infrared image without temperature measurement can be misleading because it may visually suggest a problem that does not exist.

Infrared cameras that incorporate temperature measurement allow predictive maintenance professionals to make well informed judgments about the operating condition of electrical and mechanical targets. That is why thermal cameras are a useful plumbing leak/ frozen pipe detector. Most cameras have a temperature difference sensitivity of .10 degree Centigrade or better. It doesn’t take a big temperature difference for the camera to see the leak or frozen pipe. If there is a leak in your home, thermal imaging can detect the leak from the moist materials since they retain energy differently.

To read more about thermal imaging, click here.

If you think there may be a leak in your home, or if you’re scared you may have frozen pipes and want to prevent a leak from happening, we can help! Here at PuroClean, we staff trained professionals who can use infrared technology to measure moisture levels in your home through thermal imaging. Head over to our website and give us a call! We’re open 24/7-365!


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