What is Thermal Imaging?

  Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show homeowners things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods.  

In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:

heat loss and air infiltration in walls,



windows and doors

damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems

air-conditioner compressor leaks

under-fastening and/or missing framing members

broken seals in double-paned windows

In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:

plumbing leaks

hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage

missing, damaged and/or wet insulation

water and moisture intrusion around penetrations

at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold

IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:

circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement

overloaded and undersized circuits

overheated electrical equipment and components

electrical faults before they cause a fire

Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:

possible pest infestation

as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects

the presence of intruders such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure

detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures

dangerous flue leaks,

which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents

Not an X-ray

Thermal Imaging IS NOT X-RAY VISION!! The conditions for thermal imaging have to be right for it to fully show problem areas. Because of this, I may not see it on the camera the first time.   The perfect condition to find water intrusion is after a rainy day or a warm day after a winter freeze. Don’t be surprised if I don’t see the water intrusion area after a few weeks or month dry spell. If you suspect an area was missed, please let me know and I will check it out for no extra charge. 

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