In the past the only way to know if grouted cells, bond beams, insulation and other components of a CMU (Concrete Masonry Unit) wall were properly placed was to open the wall with hammer or drill.
There is a method that is accurate, non-destructive and inexpensive. Infrared Thermography makes it possible to see the grouted cells in the entire wall section. Seagate Infrared’s testing method can be performed at any time during the construction process without interrupting any other trades or affecting the progress of the rest of the building.
Structural deficiencies in a CMU building can be a real problem. If the wall receives a trauma like a hurricane force wind or tornado and customers or workers inside the building are hurt, the legal ramifications can be devastating. A forensic examination of a block wall laid on the ground post-event will most likely reveal some structural deficiencies. The building owner, architect, structural engineer, general contractor and masonry contractor will all likely be held accountable when these deficiencies are documented.
Valuable benefits of a Seagate Infrared block wall scan performed on your newly constructed CMU walls are:
- A documented record of the grouted cells and other structural components is created
- When deficiencies are found, corrections can be made with surgical precision
- Quality Assurance is provided for Building Owners, Designers, and General Contractors