Comprehensive exterior building inspections from Building Diagnostics Group can identify the cause and origin of most building failures.
Building Diagnostics Group (BDG), headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, specializes in the non-destructive detection, investigation, and resolution of water intrusions on multi-family, commercial, industrial and institutional buildings throughout the nation.
Infrared thermography is an extremely effective method of viewing building systems under normal operating conditions to identify abnormally warm or cool areas that indicate moisture intrusion, insulation deficiencies and other energy losses.
Benefits of Infrared Inspections
Water infiltration, moisture accumulation and energy loss can negatively impact owners and occupants, accelerate degradation of materials, damage interior finishes, increase energy costs, and promote mold growth within walls and roofs.
Due to the temperature differences between wet building materials and adjacent dry materials, infrared thermography is the only diagnostic tool that instantly detects whether water has penetrated a building envelope. It can also detect heat escaping from places where cracks have developed or caulk has disintegrated that are invisible to the naked eye.
Infrared inspections provide quick and accurate detection of moisture leaks, energy loss and electrical malfunctions in walls, under floors and in other hidden places. They can reveal small defects before they escalate into major crises. Identifying problems before catastrophic failure of a roof, ceiling or wall can help clients prevent costly collateral damage, downtime, and the need for replacement.
Unlike many commercial building inspection techniques, infrared thermography is completely non-invasive, which means there is no risk of damaging any aspect of the property and minimal disruption.
The BDG Approach
BDG performs water penetration field-testing to evaluate the performance of installed windows, doors, storefronts, curtain walls, sloped glazing systems, skylights, ribbon windows, and exterior building facades for new construction quality assurance as well as diagnostic services to determine the cause of water intrusions.
Our testing professionals use the highest quality equipment to complete testing in accordance with written industry standards and testing protocols from either the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
Utilizing only high-resolution FLIR SYSTEMS thermography equipment, the highest-quality infrared equipment in the industry, and several camera systems designed for different uses, our highly trained team of professionals provides the most comprehensive non-destructive building investigations available today.
Our systematic approach involves providing an initial evaluation, conducting a complete service history review, identifying physical symptoms, visually inspecting reported intrusions, developing a hypothesis, recreating leaks by simulating normal rainfall, tracing and correlating intrusions, verifying the hypothesis, providing a final analysis and accurately reporting our findings through field documentation.
Once we identify the cause of the water infiltration, a scope of work can be written. Following the repairs, we typically retest the areas to determine if the repairs were performed correctly and verify that the water intrusion has been repaired. Our testing equipment is highly portable, so we can perform this service anywhere.
The Building Diagnostics Group team has completed hundreds of exterior building inspections in Raleigh, North Carolina and across the nation. To receive a quote or to learn more about our extensive capabilities, please contact us at (888) 317-4568 to discuss your requirements.