Radiant Floor Heat Inspection
Radiant floor heating systems are probably one of the most efficient out there for heating your home or business. And a big plus is they are hidden from view.
Since they are hidden from view then locating the lines can be difficult. The lines are filled with a fluid, typically a glycol. The fluid is then heated and circulated through the lines to warm the surface. If the line develops a leak it can be difficult to find. You may not see the leak but you can determine it with a pressure test. A thermal scan of the area is a good way to find the leak. It needs to be done during startup and not during a steady state. During startup you can see the temperature difference as the lines start to heat up but after the system has ran for some time the entire surface is the same temperature and almost impossible to determine anything.
If you are looking to drill into the concrete then you will need to know where the lines are located. Infrared is ideal for this.
Infrared can also be used just to to locate any blockage in the lines.
Of course the same is true for snow melt systems in driveways and walk ways.