Oftentimes, we don’t really think what goes on inside the walls of our homes and buildings. But when you run a commercial or industrial building, taking a look inside the walls every once in awhile can save you a lot of headaches in the long run. Infrared inspections are the least invasive way to do just that. While they can’t tell you everything, they can let you know if something unusual is going on.
But just having an infrared camera to look inside your walls isn’t enough. You need someone trained to use the equipment and that’s able to properly diagnose potential problems by reading the results correctly. Anyone can buy an infrared camera, but as with any instrument, you have to be able to interpret it properly.
Reasons to Be Proactive About Building Maintenance
All it takes is one bad connection to cause a much bigger electrical problem. While shorts can happen out of nowhere, you may not be aware of a faulty breaker or an overloaded circuit. Not only could these little components cause breakdowns or burnouts, but they can even start fires!
You just need one leaky pipe to cause thousands of dollars or more in water damage. That fault pipe could also lead to other problems such as lack of water pressure. There are facilities that need constant access to water or even deal with water. One little problem could cause much greater water issues down the line.
One little gap in your building’s insulation or vapor barrier can cause a larger problem, such as moisture damage, dry rot, and other structural problems. Although these problems could take a long time to present themselves, you could currently be losing out on heating and cooling costs. The more airtight your building is the better.
These are all good reasons to look inside the walls. Even if you just have an inkling of something being wrong, an inspection is probably worth the investment.
Peace of Mind is Always Worth the Investment of Inspections
By being proactive with preventative inspections, a look inside the walls will at the very least give you peace of mind. It could also yield important information that you should take immediate action on in making necessary repairs. The fix could be costly now, and it may not be. But in either case, the repair will likely it will be a drop in the bucket compared to the future damage a small current problem could eventually cause. Your building’s health is worth the investment.