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 thousandth 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, non-destructive and inexpensive.
This is the way to see the grouted cells in the entire wall section.
BuildScanIR™ division’s Grout FindIR™ infrared testing method can be
performed at any time during the construction process without
interruption any other trades or affecting the progress of the rest of
Structural problems in a CMU building are 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 can and probably will be held accountable if and when
these deficiencies are documented.
However, two benefits arise from having a Grout FindIR™ 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 GroutFindIR™ service?
- We have examined thousands of CMU
walls. In fact, this service was the very first service offered by
Stockton Infrared and we have been refining our methodology and
techniques for over 15 years.
- We use state-of-the-art infrared
- We have the attitude for getting
results under even the most trying conditions.
- We produce photographic-quality
reports that are easy to read and understand for anyone picking up the