Thermal Imaging (infared) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows home inspectors to show homeowners things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports you generate for standard home inspections.
What Is Thermal Imaging?
Thermal imaging, also called an infrared imaging home inspection service, uses a special infrared camera to detect differences in temperature across a surface. Thermal imaging is incredibly effective because it allows us to see problems that are difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye. Problems that would go unnoticed in a normal routine home inspection. Using the equipment and interpreting the data requires a properly trained and certified inspector.
We can find problems before you can see them, when they’re significantly less expensive to fix. By the time you can see the problem yourself, the damage would be much more extensive. Thermal imaging is especially useful for discovering the following problems:
- Moisture problems: plumbing leaks, roof leaks, moisture penetration in the foundation
- Fire hazards: electrical panels and other components that may experience overheating
- Energy loss: poor or missing insulation, poor construction, design flaws, windows, doors
— Moisture Issues —
Thermal imaging is one of the most effective methods for detecting moisture problems. We can often find thermal evidence of moisture penetration from the roof or basement, as well as plumbing leaks, before they’ve caused enough damage to be visible to the naked eye. Since thermal imaging does not detect moisture directly, we use a moisture meter for verification.
— Hot Spots & Fire Hazards —
Naturally, thermal imaging is very effective for finding hot spots inside a home. These can range from electrical issues to insulation problems or dangerously hot pipes (which pose a burn risk to children). Electrical problems are of particular concern, as they indicate a wiring problem of an overloaded component, which poses a major fire risk.
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