A condominium building located in northern New Jersey was experiencing water infiltration into various locations around roofs, curtain wall systems, and balcony access points. The Condominium Association engaged Falcon to investigate these issues in support of their dispute resolution with the Developer
Investigation by Falcon:
- In order to evaluate the source of the water infiltration, Falcon performed visual observations and used Infrared Imaging.
- Infrared Imaging was used to assess the relative differences in temperature of wall areas. The relative thermal differences indicated anomalies in wall areas, which enabled Falcon to discern problematic areas and the source of leaks.
- Falcon accounted for temperature differences that occurred due to a variety of acceptable causes unrelated to anomalies, such as:
- Materials with different heat conductivity and emissivity, like metal
- Heat reflective materials, like glass
- Open areas and detailing that typically indicated cool spots, such as the areas around windows.
- The infrared imaging allowed Falcon to study the issue without performing invasive and disruptive testing, which would have incurred an additional cost to the Association.
Summary of Findings:
The IR camera allows Falcon to find and trace leaks without invasive means. The IR camera can advise Falcon as to the construction and insulation characteristics of the wall without the expense of opening the wall.
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