Thermal Imaging

Still today, not all home inspectors offer Thermal Imaging. Our inspector, Brad Stinson CMI, feels it is an essential tool for a quality inspection. In prior years Infra-red technology was not practical or readily available. It is today. Back then, certain problems with a home were beyond what a non-invasive home inspection could reveal. Because Thermal Imaging is readily available today, serious home inspectors should be utilizing it, not at an added cost, but simply because the inspectors should be proud to produce quality work.

In practical terms, a thermal camera is able to view heat that is emanating or emissive from any surface in the image. The thermal image shows heat emmissions. When a trained home inspector is able to see temperature variance, the inspector’s construction experience can generally determine the cause, which may in fact be a problem that would not have been seen with the naked eye. Technically, Infra-red is part of the Electromagnetic Spectrum adjacent to visible light. Infra-red has a longer wavelength than visible light but shorter than microwaves or radio waves.

Here are just a few applications where Thermal Imaging is very useful:

  • Missing insulation
  • Water leaking from plumbing in the floor above
  • Water seeping into the basement at the footings, behind finished walls or floor cover
  • Detecting thermal pane windows that have broken thermal seals
  • Waterlines potentially freezing in an exterior wall
  • Poor weather proofing around exterior doors and windows
  • Identifying critical areas of heat loss around the entire building envelope
  • Circuits over-heating in an electrical panel
  • Identifying possible breaks in in-floor heating systems
  • The list goes on…
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