Reducing operating costs, such as building maintenance expenses and heating and cooling bills, is a primary concern for managers of commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. The only method proven successful for identifying energy losses is infrared thermal imaging.
Infrared thermal imaging, or Thermography, can provide a visual representation of the surface temperatures of any part of a building, including windows, walls, roofs, doors, and any construction joint. Differences in temperatures (Delta-T) can often reveal conditions that may contribute to wasted energy and significantly reduce operating costs.
Moisture Intrusion Moisture is the number one cause of damage expense to a building. Thermal imaging can provide visual evidence and represent the area of moisture without removing the materials. Infrared thermal imaging is instrumental in finding the cause of the moisture in roofs, siding, plumbing systems, foundations, and mechanical equipment malfunctions.
Electrical System Inspections Excess heat means trouble for electrical systems. High temperatures can indicate several major problems with electrical equipment, including excessive electrical resistance, failing components, ground faults, or short circuits. Finding these problems and failures may prevent costly repairs or even catastrophic failures. Visual and manual inspections are not sufficient for detecting these problems, but infrared technology is an accurate and cost-effective way to quickly locate the underlying problems.
What can be detected:
Electrical Systems & Distribution
What can be detected:
Misalignment of coupled equipment
Over / under lubrication of bearings
Over / under tension of belted systems
Infrared Roofing Inspections
Most commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings in the United States constructed today are flat roof structures. Millions of square feet of roofs are installed every year, and studies have revealed that an estimated 40% of these structures will develop problems within the first year of installation. When correctly installed and maintained, a roof can last as long as twenty years; however, the average life span of these roofs is often closer to only seven years due to installation and maintenance problem.
Replacing a roof can cost $8-10 per square foot, including disposal costs. Premature failure of roofs costs billions of dollars every year. Preventative maintenance can save bundles of money, by prolonging the life of a roof. The best method available today for testing a buildings structural integrity and revealing problems is infrared testing, or Thermography.
A flat roof is constructed with a deck, insulation, and a membrane. The membrane is typically constructed of layers of roofing felt bonded together, or a rubber or plastic sheet anchored by a stone ballast. The membrane is in place to keep water and moisture away from the roof deck and insulation.
pinpoint water-damaged roof areas quickly and accurately
eliminate unnecessary replacement of good roof
greatly extend the life of the existing roof
document problems before the warranty expires
provide facts for planning accurate budgets
Structural Energy Loss - Infrared Energy Audit
The infrared / thermal audit is a scan of the homes interior and exterior structure, including walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors. When the conditions are right the infrared camera will show different thermal patterns based on the radiation emitted from the object we are scanning. I'm specifically trained to recognize anomalies in those images and can quickly tell you if it is related to insulation or air infiltration defects. We are finding significant energy loss issues due to poor installation. The Infrared / Thermal Audit can save you many times the cost of the service. In the course of the audit we may find other issues related to moisture, heat, equipment failure, and more. At that time we will provide you with and option for a whole house infrared inspection a a significant discount.
locate missing, improperly installed or damaged insulation
identify costly air leakage energy losses
evaluate the thermal performance of retrofits
provide hardcopy proof of problems
reduce heating and cooling energy costs
Performed by a Certified Building Analyst Professional
Moisture and Mold
We solve moisture issues related to:
Roof & gutter leaks
Basement water intrusion
Crawl space moisture
Exterior drainage issues
Leaking windows & doors
Faulty siding and installation
Failed HVAC equipment
Moisture Diagnostics Eight of the top twelve issues found during a home inspection involve moisture related problems. Excessive moisture comes from many sources and must be eliminated or managed to prevent damages to the buildings components and health issues to occupants. We use Infrared Thermogrpahy to survey areas of concern and follow up with highly specialized moisture meters to determine the extent of moisture penetration, concentration and possible damage.
Level 1 Certified Thermographer Infraspection Institute is the oldest independent infrared training and certification firm in the world. Founded in 1980, Infraspection Institute has trained and certified nearly 10,000 thermographers worldwide. We offer our clients with the best level of training and experience in the area. Phil Henderson has performed over 900 infrared / thermal imaging inspections. The Infrared Certified Program was developed by InterNACHI (Internation Association of Certified Home Inspectors) specifically for the training of home and building diagnostics. When we took the course it was the only one dedicated to COMPLETE training for conditions found in the course of a home inspection and commercial application. Home and Building Inspectors have a specific understanding of the many conditions that can exist within a structure and are better equipped to use the infrared technology as an extension of their profession. It's much easier for a home/building inspector to learn thermal imaging than it is for a thermal imaging student to learn home and building inspections.
Building Diagnostics and Forensic Investigations involves extensive training , equipment and experience. Just buying an infrared camera and getting a few days of training does not qualify someone to do this type of work. A thorough understanding of building science, construction, materials, codes, environmental conditions, failure rates, insulating materials, moisture intrusion, vapor diffusion, and general building science is required to accurately diagnose difficult building conditions. The professionals at Tennessee Building Inspections have extensive training in all these areas and a track record of over twenty years experience using these skills.
Dear Phil, I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how pleased my husband and I were with your services. When we found ourselves in need of an inspection service to work with we pulled from several sources; real estate agent, personal references, the internet and the social pages. After we contacted your company we were pleased to find not only did you have over 27 years of inspection experience, but that you could accommodate the unusual hours that we preferred. We really appreciate the information you exchanged with us on site during the inspection. Your attention to detail was excellent ! We also appreciated your suggestions of how we could possibly resolve problems. If we are ever in need of inspection services or have any recommendations solicited from us we will be sure to send them your way.
Thanks again, Krista McCampbell
Phil snd his staff are great to work with and he is very knowledgeable and trustworthy. He has great integrity and works in the best interest of colleagues and clients. Above and beyond the call of duty is what you get with him.
Tammy Smith client
I know Phil both personally and professionally and turn to no other company when I need commercial building inspections. Shanks Properties has been in business over 15 years and invests $2-3 million annually in the local real estate market and we TRUST Phil and company to assist us in those investment decisions. He is my one and only referral when asked about building inspectors, both residential and commercial
David Shanks, client
Summary: A+ work, A+ value, A+ guy
Phil Henderson and staff inspected a property on 4/18/16 that I am in the process of purchasing. They arrived 15 minutes early in a clean and professional looking van and was well dressed himself. Phil was friendly and sociable from the start. I chose to be present during the inspection and am very happy I did. The inspection began with them walking the roof and inspecting the exterior of the property. Next they got out the drone and took aerial pictures of the roof and property. They had already found issues with the roof within the first 15 minutes. The inspection then moved inside where they meticulously inspected and photographed the entire house including the attic and crawl spaces. I chose to have the thermal imaging done during my inspection which uncovered that one of the walls had no insulation in it! The amount of information gathered from the thermal imaging was incredible. They showed me how he measured the AC inlet and outlet temperatures and could check for AC leaks with the thermal. I could go on and on about the thermal but for brevity sake I will say that I think it was worth every penny. From start to finish they were there for approx. 3 hours. They discovered multiple issues that I was unaware of and provided picture documentation of all of them. I chose to have Phil and his staff to inspect my future home because I heard he was a good, honest guy that did quality work and am happy to report that all of these are true. I am thankful for the great work Phil's staff did and am confident that I know the true condition of the home I am purchasing. I asked Phil for multiple business cards before he left because I will be emphatically recommending him to everyone I know.
Raymond Pendley, client
"We first met Phil Henderson and staff when we commissioned Tennessee Building Inspections to inspect a seemingly great investment, commercial property in 2016. They uncovered some hidden structural flaws and we have saved ourselves from potentially a very bad investment. Since then, we've worked with Phil on four properties, which we successfully closed on with assurance for the strength of each investment that we could not have gauged without Phil's reports & input. Each time, we were met with the same professionalism, enthusiasm, and individualized attention. They understand that time is of the essence in all real estate transactions and is timely with both scheduling the inspection and producing the report. His staff are equipped with the latest technologies , though they are not afraid to get their hands dirty too, climbing and crawling into spaces that isn't visible off the street; we never question whether an item has been left unchecked. With each inspection, Phil has personally followed up with us to go over the report and to answer our questions. We are very grateful for his thorough, candid perspective, and look to no one else!" Miyuki K. - Johnson City Investor
The most honest and reliable property inspectors in Knoxville Tennessee!
As an instructor at Pellissippi State I taught several of the courses offered for the Building Performance Analyst Certification. I cannot express enough the insight and knowledge Mr. Henderson provided to our class concerning structural and mechanical aspects of a building. Mr. Henderson scored perfectly in all areas of building science during the two week training course work and was my highest level performer in the field test.