You may think that the only way one can know whether the grouted cells, bond beams, and other structural components of a CMU (Concrete Masonry Unit) wall are properly placed is to hammer or drill holes in the building where the grout is supposed to be and see if it is there. This test is inadequate because this sample is much too small (often less than one ten thousandths of a percent).
Also, the tiny sample does not show where blockages (to the proper filling of insulation) and/or too much grout exists. The only other options are to X-ray the walls or tear them down, which are both extremely expensive. There is a method that is accurate, nondestructive, and inexpensive. Infrared scanning is the way to see the grouted cells in the entire wall section.
BlockWallScanIR detects and documents structural and thermal deficiencies in CMU walls. Keystone Infrared, an accredited member of BlockWallScanIR can do infrared testing at any time during the construction process without interrupting any other trades or affecting the progress of the rest of the building.
Structural problems in a CMU building area are a real problem. If the wall receives a trauma, such as a hurricane force, an infrared scan of a block wall laid on the ground post-event would most likely reveal some structural deficiencies. The building owner, architect, structural engineer, general contractor, and masonry contractor can and probably will be accountable if and when these deficiencies are documented.
However, two benefits arise from having a Keystone Infrared test performed on your newly constructed CMU walls. First, a documented record of the grouted cells and other structural components (in-situ) is created. And secondly, when and if deficiencies are found, a report can be generated so that corrections can be made with surgical precision.
The owner gets what he paid for and the designers can ‘literally’ see that their specifications have been followed.
Why use Keystone Infrared service?
Call Keystone Infrared at (717) 503-7086 or (877) 950-1110 to schedule your BlockWallScanIR today!