Another electrical fire that could have been avoided

Another electrical fire. This time it was in an old church in Portland, Oregon. The building and its contents suffered damage but luckily there were not any injuries or casualties in this fire. It is very likely that an infrared (thermographic) inspection of the electrical system in this church would have spotted the fire […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Another electrical fire that could have been avoided

Locating water leaks under concrete slabs

A broken water pipe under a concrete slab can be hard to find.   Sometimes the pipes are inside the concrete slab such as “in the floor radiant heating”.  Some of the common causes of these water leaks are:

Movement in the soil or concrete slab
Rusty pipes
Electrolysis causing pin holes in the copper or iron […]

By |December 18th, 2014|Air and Water Leaks|Comments Off on Locating water leaks under concrete slabs

Cold air leak detection

With these high winds lately, we feel the air leaks blowing through cracks in our homes and businesses.  In taller homes and buildings these leaks can happen even with no wind.  This phenomenon is caused by the “stack effect” which happens when warm air rises causing the warm air to escape through cracks and seams […]

Water leak detection

This is the time of year we have water leaking into our homes and businesses.  Often this water leak does not show itself inside the building anywhere near where the leak originates.  Before infrared cameras were uses for leak detection we had to remove the sheetrock and other wall coverings to expose where the […]

Infrared inspections

Western Infrared offers infrared camera inspections to locate water and air infiltration, plumbing leak detection, roof leak detection and concrete slab leak detection.  We also are able to quickly locate electrical hot spots and mechanical problems with the infrared camera inspection.  We use Flir’s latest (2014) infrared cameras and software to produce high-resolution images and reports. […]

By |December 16th, 2014|Inspection service|Comments Off on Infrared inspections