Infrared thermography is the process of using a thermal imager to detect radiation (heat) coming from an object, converting it to temperature and displaying an image of the temperature distribution. Images of the detected temperature distribution are called thermograms, and they make it possible to see heat-producing objects invisible to the naked eye.
Detection of Moisture in the Ceilings and Walls
Using this type of technology allows an inspector to see there are issues on the surface. Then, the inspector can have a look inside the walls, floors, and also the ceiling. On the screen, it shows the difference between moisture areas and dry areas and also areas where insulation may be missing.
Plumbing in a Thermal Imaging Home Inspection
The thermal imaging can scan the plumbing and see Where there may be a leak It allows the inspector to find heat and temperature anomalies and investigate more.
EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) and Stucco Inspections
These inspections are difficult if not almost impossible to do without a thermal imaging camera. For example, rot can be found behind the stucco with a FLIR camera or other thermal imaging device. This would not be possible with the naked eye.
Insects That Are Wood Destroying
Did you know that the infrared camera can pick up active nests? They radiate heat and then the infrared camera captures it. This allows our home inspection team to investigate further.
A home inspection that uses thermal imaging can also find the electrical issues in a home. In the picture above, the camera is pointing at the electrical box to see if there are any issues. These would be issues such as circuit Breakers that need replacing or overloaded circuits.
The HVAC Unit During a Thermal Imaging Home Inspection
A thermal imaging inspection also looks at the HVAC unit to ensure it is hooked up correctly and functioning properly. If you happen to notice your bill increasing, there could be an insulation issue. It can also find air-conditioner compressor leaks.
When an inspector uses a thermal imaging camera in the evenings he can tell that the roof has released its heat and see where there are issues.
This camera can find wet basements, missing insulation, and other structural defects in the home that can also lead to energy loss.
Broken seals in double-paned windows or places where air can escape the can show up too with thermal imaging.