After a lovely holiday we are back in the Big Smoke and back to business as usual. With the Ex starting today, I am feeling a little nostalgic as most long time Torontonians probably do, as the Ex is a reminder that summer is coming to an end. For us here at IRIS, this usually means a mad rush to get infrared roof inspections done while the weather is still optimal.

Infrared roof surveys should be done during sunny times, when temperatures are over 15C and there has been no precipitation for at least 48 hours. This summer has been a challenge weather wise with a lot of rain, not to mention flooding. Not only have we been called on to inspect roof assemblies but indoor walls and floors for moisture retention that may cause mould.

Mold detection is a tricky business. It is a common misconception that we can find mould solely with an infrared inspection. The truth is infrared cameras detect differences in thermal energy emitted by matter. If an area is retaining moisture, we will pick up a temperature difference, however mould can exist where moisture has already dried up and may not appear in an infrared scan, so it is important to manage our customers’ expectations appropriately.

Our friend Greg Stockton of Stockton Infrared in the US wrote an excellent white paper on mould detection and you can have a look at it here: Playing Hide and Seek with Mold

IRIS offers infrared thermal imaging services across Canada including moisture surveys in building structures. We are happy to partner with Mould Detection and Remediation specialists to ensure that our customers get the most comprehensive inspection possible to rid their buildings of mold.

On another note, I have been catching up on industry news and see that big changes are being made to the Ontario Condominium Act that are very promising for RCMs and for condo owners, protecting them by demanding higher standards for Condominium management professionals. Read the story here:

Changes to Condo Act will offer greater protection for residents, Liberals say