Get into infrared thermal imaging.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayfield Thermography Consulting Services, Inc
1805 Glengarry Drive
Carrollton, Texas 75006-7315
Mayfield Thermography Consulting Services, Inc. (www.mayfieldinfrared.com
), (MTCS), based in Dallas, TX joins the BuildScanIR™ Network to provide expert
advice, training and support to home inspectors around the USA. Currently, MTCS
provides state-of-the-art infrared (IR) building consulting services. By joining
with BuildScanIR™ - the largest group of private infrared thermographers in America,
the InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors) inspectors will
immediately have access to information, training and IR cameras.
Infrared thermography is a relatively economical building diagnostic technique,
used to perform surveys of the thermal and moisture envelope of a home and is
an effective tool for examining the structural components of buildings as well.
The building inspection industry is quickly evolving with demands for more in-depth
inspection information, such as energy-efficiency and construction inadequacies.
“Perspective home owners are increasingly concerned about their large investment”,
says Tom Mayfield, president of MTCS. “Rapid advances in infrared technology and
the manufacturers’ economies of scale, have brought prices down on starter infrared
cameras to the sub-$10,000 range and the trend is for even lower prices” notes
Greg Stockton, president of Stockton Infrared Thermographic Services, Inc. (SITS)
), who operates the BuildScanIR™ division, along with seven other infrared service
To be an effective tool, the home inspector must know the limitations of the
imager, the way that buildings absorb and radiate heat energy, and the best time
to perform a given IR survey. He must have an imager capable of finding and documenting
problems and more importantly, understand the how building physics play a role
in the success of an infrared survey. “Building IR applications can actually be
one of the most demanding on imager thermal sensitivity and spatial resolution
–the two most important factors in an imager’s ability to focus in on sometimes
physically small and/or thermally miniscule problems”, states Mr. Stockton. “For
example, there is a different methodology for surveying the wood framing, missing
insulation, heat loss, air leakage and moisture intrusion in the same building”,
says Mr. Mayfield.
At this time, home inspection pricing models do not support providing in-depth
thermographic services as part of the inspection fee, but could give the home
inspector a competitive edge. Being part of a network, makes infrared thermography
an economically viable add-on service by providing the home inspector with access
to an infrared camera and the training necessary to get started, until he can
build his business to the point that he can afford to buy one. “This is a fantastic
opportunity for the InterNACHI home inspector interested in infrared technology to
get trained, rent an imager from a pool and later buy an imager at discount prices”,
says Nick Gromicko, founder of InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors).
The network provides access to message boards, on-line consulting and support
from a nationwide network of expert thermographers with high-powered imagers and
many years of experience scanning buildings.