Basic thermal imaging of some components in the home are included with every home inspection or when suspect moisture areas are discovered. Its and additional service if you want a full and thorough thermal inspection of you home. Know that we don’t believe any inspection is complete without a thermal imaging of key elements of the home. Note, the U.S Department of Energy recommends that a thermographic scan be done prior to purchasing a home, even a new home.
A skilled home inspector viewing the surface of your home with the naked eye can only see a limited amount. When you choose to have a thermal imaging inspection we can go deeper to provide you with additional information about the current condition of your home. We often rely on thermal imaging to inspect behind walls and under floorboards, so our certified inspector can dive deeper into your home inspection using thermal imaging equipment.
Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not in the visible wavelength since is too long to be detected by the human eye. When an object has a higher temperature, then the infrared radiation emitted is greater. Thermography measures material surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras. Thermography is the use of an Infrared imaging cameras to measure the thermal energy emitted from an object. These instruments see light in the heat spectrum not visible to humans. Images on the video record the temperature variations of a materials surface, ranging from lighter representing warmer regions to darker representing cooler areas. The camera aids the inspector by showing temperature differences and abnormalities which can be caused by moisture or heat loss.
Infrared cameras are used for reliable, fast, accurate building diagnosis and to detect a wide range of home problems not normally seen in a visual inspection, including:
• Hidden moisture intrusion
• Moisture sources of mold
• Pipe and duct work leaks
• Roof and ceiling leaks
• Foundation cracks
• Heat/energy loss
• Missing insulation
• Ventilation & Duct problems
• Faulty overheating wiring, breakers and fuses
• Wiring and switch issues
• Moisture associated with termite
• Rats, mice and other pests
It’s very possible that undetected moisture in building materials can produce mold and destroy the materials structural integrity. To mitigate the problem requires to be able to quickly locate and remove all sources of moisture. Infrared cameras can sometimes instantly depict what materials are wet or dry by finding variations in temperature. However, an infrared camera is not a moisture meter and does not actually “see” moisture.
Please note that an Infrared camera cannot determine if a leak will occur in the future, especially if materials have had time to dry out with no rain for several weeks or months. An infrared camera cannot detect moisture from a potential roof leak if there is no moisture present at the time of the inspection. It also cannot detect moisture behind cabinets, furniture, or deep within a structure.
Infrared inspection methods combined with traditional home inspection techniques reveals substantially more details of the house than can normally be perceived with a flashlight and conventional inspection tools. Don’t leave anything to chance, for a thorough home thermal imaging inspection, call Conley Home Inspections, LLC today.