What can a thermal imaging inspection do for you? We can detect moisture, energy loss, electrical issues and even pests!
Adding a thermal imaging inspection to your home inspection enables our Home Inspectors to evaluate and detect various issues within a property that may otherwise go undetectable. Here's how our Home Inspectors typically utilize thermal imaging:
1. Energy Efficiency: Thermal imaging helps identify areas of heat loss or air leakage in the house, such as poorly insulated walls, gaps around windows and doors, or inadequate insulation in attics. By assessing these energy efficiency concerns, homeowners can make necessary improvements that save on heating and cooling costs.
2. Moisture Intrusion: Thermal cameras help locate moisture intrusion within walls, ceilings, floors, or other hidden areas where water damage may not be immediately visible. The camera detects temperature variations caused by wet materials compared to dry ones. This assists in locating potential sources of leaks or identifying regions prone to mold growth.
3. Electrical Issues: Overloaded circuits or faulty electrical connections generate excess heat that can be detected through thermal imaging cameras. These tools enable inspectors to identify hotspots on circuit breakers, malfunctioning outlets, loose wiring connections, or overheating electrical components like breaker boxes.
4. Plumbing Problems: Leaky pipes buried behind walls are challenging to spot without invasive measures; however, thermal imaging enables inspectors to locate these hidden plumbing issues by detecting temperature differences between damp areas and dry surroundings.
5. HVAC Evaluation: Inspectors can assess the performance of heating systems using thermal imaging technology by identifying uneven heating patterns throughout rooms and determining if there are any blockages in ductwork due to improper insulation or obstructions.
6. Structural Defects: Thermal imagery is useful for discovering structural defects such as missing insulation inside walls – indicated by colder spots – which might lead to drafts and poor energy efficiency.
7. Pest Infestations: In some cases, thermal cameras assist inspectors in detecting pests like termites or rodents hiding inside wall cavities based on their body heat signatures.
During inspections using thermal imaging equipment:
- Home inspectors scan different parts of the property with the infrared camera.
- The camera displays a live image with varying colors indicating different temperatures.
- Areas of concern, such as temperature anomalies or irregular patterns, are recorded for further evaluation and reporting.
- The inspector interprets the thermal images to identify potential issues and advises homeowners on necessary actions.
Our Thermal Imaging Certified Home Inspectors will explains their findings by referring to specific areas of the property where temperature anomalies were detected. They may use technical terms and provide a detailed description of what they observed during their inspection. Here is an example of what you might hear your Home Inspector say:
"During the thermal imaging scan, we identified several noteworthy findings in your home's electrical system. Infrared imagery revealed elevated temperatures around certain electrical panels and outlets, indicating potential issues with overloaded circuits or loose connections. These hotspots are concerning as they can lead to electrical failures or even fire hazards if left unaddressed.
Additionally, we noticed significant heat loss around windows and doors throughout your property, suggesting inadequate insulation or faulty seals. This can result in energy inefficiency and increased heating/cooling costs.
Furthermore, our infrared camera detected moisture intrusion in various areas such as walls and ceilings. The presence of colder spots on these surfaces suggests hidden water leaks or potential plumbing problems that could lead to mold growth if not resolved promptly.
We also found irregularities in some sections of your HVAC ductwork where temperature variations were evident. These inconsistencies might indicate air leakage or improper insulation within the ducts which can impact overall heating/cooling efficiency.
Based on these thermal imaging findings, we recommend further investigations by qualified professionals to address each issue appropriately for optimal safety, comfort, and energy performance."
Wow! That’s a lot of information! Let our Thermal Imaging Certified Home Inspectors explain their findings clearly using layman's terms while providing actionable advice on how you should proceed with resolving any identified issues. Schedule your Thermal Imaging inspection today!