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A local couple with years of experience in the building industry, and as owners of a home inspection business, are expanding to provide the region around Billings with a unique service. Mike and Billie Lehman have started Montana Infrared Services, Inc.

Mike Lehman has become certified in infrared thermography and is an authorized roof scan IR contractor through the United Infrared Association of Thermal Contractors.

For the past year and a half they have incorporated the use of infrared scanning in the services they provide through their business, From Grounds to Gable Home Inspections, which the Lehmans will continue to do. But in gaining the advance training, knowledge and certification they now offer the service to roof contractors and others whose jobs can be simplified by utilizing this versatile technology. Their specialty is flat and low slope roofs.

They provide the services for both commercial and residential applications, and will travel anywhere throughout the state or western states in the region.

Infrared scanning can accurately identify and locate moisture problems in a roof, which enables better decision making in determining how to repair or replace it. Leaky areas can be replaced without the need to replace the entire roof. This is the time of year when roof scans are most effective, explained Billie Lehman. The window of opportunity to scan roofs is short.  “We let the sun heat the roof during the day, then scan it at night when, if the roof membrane is wet, it shows up as a different color. It readily identifies areas where moisture is hidden or trapped,” said Lehman. Being able to detect moisture is also useful in identifying problems relating to insulation in a building or identifying plumbing problems long before they might otherwise become apparent, thereby reducing potential damage and the cost of repairs.

Infrared scanning also readily identifies areas where heat is being lost in a building. Or, where under floor heating systems might be leaking, which allows repair without tearing up the whole floor.

Thermography can be used to determine if blockwalls or a building envelope was constructed according to building plans. If repairs are needed infrared scanning pinpoints the problem areas without destruction of the wall.

Performing an infrared inspection of a home can detect moisture behind walls, ceilings, siding, stucco and floor coverings, allowing home owners to deal with issues of moisture and mold before they destroy building materials or cause health problems.

Inspections of electrical breakers and switches can identify issues such as corona or arcing, and the testing is safe and the least amount of down time.

The Lehmans, who live in Laurel, had a building and remodeling business for ten years, before starting home inspection in 2001.

Their website is www. montanainfrared.com and phone number is 406 670-4593.