Business owners and landlords have a duty of care to maintain their electrical systems to ensure the safety of their employees or tenants, and having a thermal imaging survey can help with this.
Here, we take a look at the benefits of thermal imaging surveys and how often these should be completed.
What is a thermal imaging survey?
A thermal imaging survey is one which uses infrared radiation and thermal energy to seek out heat in places that you can’t see. A thermal camera, or thermal imager, has a heat sensor capable of pinpointing even the smallest change in temperature, and this can be used to discover potential issues in electrical systems. The device will pick up on areas that are emitting too much heat already – showing that they’re likely to overheat and fail – and can also detect loose connections in the system.
Why are thermal imaging surveys important?
Having a thermal imaging survey is a great way to be proactive when it comes to taking care of your rental property or company’s electrical system. Rather than waiting for things to fail, which could be very costly and cause downtime for your business, this service will highlight anything that requires maintenance, so you can have potential problems fixed before they become a major issue.
In addition to being able to find faults in electrical systems, a thermal imaging survey can detect mechanical system failures, such as motor overload, worn bearings, boiler seal leakage, and insulation breakdown. Plus, it can also be used to check your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, and even whether your property has flat roof leakage.
Is thermal imaging a legal requirement?
Having a thermal imaging survey completed is not a legal requirement. However, it is a great way to complement any inspections that you’re having to ensure that you’re doing all you can to keep your premises and employees safe. It’s recommended that a thermal imaging survey is carried out every 12 months, especially for businesses with heavy usage equipment – such as busy manufacturing plants.
If you’d like to arrange a thermal imaging survey for your rental property or business, contact our knowledgeable team today.