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radiant heating, radiant piping

radiant heating, radiant piping: "If you plan on renovating or remodeling on top of or in proximity of a radiant heating system, I highly recommend having your radiant piping completely examined and have all the buried pipes clearly marked out before you undertake any construction work. Without knowing where those radiant pipes are located, construction around a radiant area could become very expensive if one of those pipes all of the sudden becomes punctured.

I’ve had many radiant heating inspections where I’ve detected irregular patterns in the embedded radiant lines with irregular spacing between the pipes themselves (See image below). These particular heating pipes were not properly secured in place while the initial contractors were pouring mortar over them. This caused them to be pushed out of position, permanently causing an oblique installation. It’s always nice to know exactly where those radiant pipes are laid out and if they are all spaced out in a perfectly straight se…

Infrared (Thermal) Imaging Detects Missing/Defective Insulation

It's that time of the year again. It's getting colder outside and Infrared imaging can now detect those insulation defects that the summer months didn't allow for a Delta T (difference in temperature). Most homeowners do not realize that a difference in temperature (cold on the exterior and warm on the interior or vise-versa in the Summer months with air conditioning) must be established in order for an IR camera to detect faults in their homes. It's now getting to the point where exterior temperatures are lowering and the heat is being turned up. That gives me the perfect setting to detect those insulation voids in your walls and ceilings.
Check out the IR images I have captured in the past...

This ceiling appears to be fine, but infrared detects missing insulation

This wall appears fine, but my infrared camera detects settled insulation

Thermal imaging detects cold air infiltrating the most outer portion of this wall

Visually... you see an open window, but infrared det…