Thermal Imaging Technology Speeds Clean-Up & Recovery Effort

Nov 01, 2012, 09:07 ET from FLIR

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- High-tech tools can help people move back into their homes and businesses sooner after major disasters.  Strong storms can cause obvious flooding and structural damage, but they can also force water into hidden nooks and crannies all over your house, so you may be growing mold in areas you didn't know were damaged.


FLIR thermal cameras make pictures from tiny difference in heat, so they can see invisible areas of moisture and water damage, giving homeowners and contractors the information they need to clean up faster and more thoroughly after disasters.

Water damage is a particularly insidious because it can hide in corners, move up the walls, and creep from one floor to the next. And it can be just as tough to know when you finally have it dry.

A thermal camera is a vital tool in water damage restoration. Beyond letting you see where there is moisture hidden in the walls and floors, the camera saves pictures so you can tell if things are drying out as they should. What's more, FLIR thermal cameras can also find damaged insulation, air leaks, and electrical problems, making them an invaluable tool in the recovery process.

In the thermal image attached to this release, the areas suffering from water damage show up clearly as purple shades, making it easy for anyone to find water damage and assess their clean-up efforts.

This is an interesting and visual technology that helps to tell a story that is largely invisible to viewers.  It's a powerful visual for viewers to see these saturated areas, and what's new about this technology is that it is now affordable for consumers.  You can even rent cameras at Home Depot's.

We are currently presenting FLIR thermal cameras to the media community to highlight their use in disaster recovery news stories. For more information, please contact…. (818-762-8353) /

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