What Can The Thermal Imaging Camera Do?
The camera can be a powerful tool for both central heating and plumbing engineers in detecting water leakage from hidden pipes located under floors.
It helps in locating the pipe routes without the need to remove or dig up any form of flooring, like tiles and hardwood flooring.
The camera removes the need for guess work on pipe locations and will in many cases detect where any form of water leakage maybe.
What Type Of Camera Do I Need?
There are many different types of thermal imaging cameras around these days to choose from, but in my experience the cheaper ones should be avoided for detecting water leakage.
The best advise would be to look at the middle priced range of camera, it will give better image quality and image storage, as well locating water leakage under floors.
Central Heating Leak Detection
Overtime an established central heating system can and will develop some form of water leakage. This sometimes happens when the boiler is replaced.
The old boiler worked with a small header tank located in the loft so was not under a lot of pressure.
The new boiler is now pressurised and the header tank no longer needed. The pipe work has only been tested on low pressure so when converted to high pressure a leak may happen.
These types of leaks may not show up straight away, they can cause damp patches to appear on ceilings and walls, even pressure loss from the central heating system. These leaks if left, can cause damage and need to be located and repaired.
This is where the thermal imaging camera comes in, it can locate the water leakage and point you in the right direction to repair the leak.
Does Your Heating System Need A Powerflush?
The central heating system if not treated with an inhibitor will suffer from sludge build up within the boiler, radiators and pipe work.
Sludge is caused by all the different metals connected to the system, when you add water a conductor, a reaction is started and sludge starts to form.
When you have sludge in your central heating system you are throwing money down the drain. Sludge causes the boiler to work harder to produce the heat you need.
Sludge puts pressure on all working parts within the heating system and will overtime cause blockages within the system causing a system breakdown.
The thermal imaging camera can determine if you are suffering from sludge build up within your system and point you in the right direction as to whether you need a powerflush or not.
Checking The Powerflush Has Cleaned The System
Once the powerflush has been carried out, the thermal imaging camera can be used to check that everything is clean. Images can be taken and stored then forwarded on to the customer with a report on the condition of the central heating system.
Benefits Of Using The Thermal Imaging Camera
The thermal imaging camera will find hidden problems faster than normal procedure of lifting floors and searching for the problem.
Determine if the central heating system actually needs a powerflush.
Provide proof to the customer with images that the powerflush has been completed correctly.
Locate underfloor heating pipe routes and detect any issues that may be present.
The thermal imaging camera has many benefits for the heating and plumbing engineers, to your customers, it makes you look more professional, and will bring in more work once the word gets around.
The camera is an expensive piece of modern technology that every plumber and central heating engineer should invest in.