Building Diagnostics Group conducts exterior building inspections in Seattle, Washington and across the nation, thoroughly evaluating a building’s exterior wall system for water intrusions that may have damaged the sheathing and/or structural components and effectively identifying potential hidden defects.
Building Diagnostics Group (BDG) is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Our expertise in thermal infrared imagery, or infrared thermography, as well as infrared building science and water testing procedures, are invaluable to architects, property developers, insurance companies and others.
Knowing as much as possible about a building envelope gives prospective buyers and investors the critical information they need to identify costly hidden damage or to validate a sound investment, making exterior building inspections extremely cost-effective in the decision-making process.
Infrared Building Surveys by BDG
BDG evaluates the condition of exterior cladding systems by using infrared thermography to map areas of moisture entrapment and delimitation caused by environmental stress.
We can identify potential hidden defects in many different cladding systems, from single coat stucco systems, to Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS), to siding. We are often the first to identify signs of a potentially larger problem because water intrusion from the building exterior can take years to show up on the interior, at which point extensive damage has already been done.
Our services include:
- Exterior building inspections
- Interior building inspections
- Commercial roof surveys
- Aerial infrared roof inspections
- Cell Fill (CMU) evaluations
- EIFS inspections
- Electrical inspections
- Energy audits
BDG uses only high-resolution FLIR SYSTEMS thermography equipment and utilizes several different camera systems, including a Zenmuse XT 640×512 resolution radiometric infrared camera, each for a specific use and calibrated for specific targets.
Robert Scherer, President of BDG, presented and published a white paper on “Infrared Thermography for Exterior Cladding Systems” based on a Jacksonville, Florida inspection, during which our highly specialized technicians discovered more than $1.8 million dollars in hidden sheathing damage in 18 of 25 multi-family apartment buildings.
The apartment complex had recently undergone a complete exterior paint and sealant renovation and appeared to be in above average condition. Although renovations made the buildings appear new, our inspection found that this was not the case. Our final report gave our client, the prospective buyer of the complex, the ability to successfully negotiate repairs prior to closing the deal.
It is rare for any building to be in perfect condition and hidden deficiencies can often be found in newer properties, such as unfinished roofing membranes; missing flashing or counterflashing; installation of the wrong HVAC equipment; improperly attached or insulated pipes; improperly installed electrical outlets and switches; and reversed or leaking plumbing fixtures, among others.
Protect your property and your long-term investment with exterior building inspections from Building Diagnostics Group in Seattle, Washington, and throughout the United States. Contact us at (888) 317-4568 to learn more about our invaluable services.