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. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports generated for standard home inspections. For something as specialized as a thermal imaging inspection, it’s critical that the information presented meets our clients’ needs for information they can use and act on.
What kind of information can Infrared Thermal Imaging provide to me?
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.
In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
- heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
- damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;
- air-conditioner compressor leaks;
- under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and
- 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; and
- water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and 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; and
- 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 and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and
- dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.
What does Infrared Thermal Imaging look like?
During an energy audit, the inspector might see an image like one listed below, where there is a high concentration of "blue" in the building envelope just behind kitchen cabinets. This helps the inspector discover an air leak in that area, which makes the home feel cold.
Standard Images with Infrared Images
On your Infrared Thermal Imaging report, our inspector will provide standard digital images side by side with your IR images. This will give you an accurate point of reference for the IR data, which is essential for mapping out improvements and repairs.
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