We Use Thermal Imaging on Every Inspection!
Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspections
The use of thermal imaging has been a game changer for Florida home buyers. Home Inspectors that utilize thermal imaging can find potential problems BEFORE you close on your home.
Imagine that 1965 home that has just be rehabbed and looks as good as new. What did the home flippers cover up? What did they skip over or neglect to address in their project? Well, now Certified Home Inspectors have a tool that can give them the edge in knowing how good a house’s bones are.
What is Thermal Imaging?
Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the Certified Home Inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. For something as specialized as a thermal imaging inspection, it’s critical that the Home Inspector is Certified to properly read information presented and determine if it meets the clients’ needs for information they can use and act on.
The art of an IR inspection is to interpret the results as accurately and reasonably as possible such that the client is given actionable information in order to proceed with any necessary repairs.
The Thermal Inspection should:
Explain the limitations of thermal imaging, including the fact that, as with any type of inspection, it can’t predict future conditions. However, a roof that is experiencing moisture intrusion which has been detected through thermal imaging could likely lead to serious structural issues, if left unaddressed.
The Certified Home Inspector should properly explain the capabilities of thermal imaging and how it can benefit our Central Florida area home buyers. An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots. Knowing this before closing gives our clients a huge advantage in alleviating potential problems down the road.
What can a Thermal Imaging device diagnose?
- 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.
- Plumbing leaks.
- Hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage.
- Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation.
- Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.
Infrared 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.
- Electrical faults before they cause a fire.
Infrared cameras can also:
- ossible 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 fireplace flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.
The report is user-friendly. The Certified Home Inspector provides standard digital images side by side with your IR images. This gives clients an accurate point of reference for the IR data, which is essential for mapping out improvements and repairs.
Interpreting the Data
This is perhaps the most critical aspect of providing a solid infrared report. Depending on the established baseline infrared readings and the locations of the images, the results can either alert the client to a critical repair needed – such as an electrical hot spot – or simply be an item that they need to keep in check – such as adding insulation at an exterior wall.
Thermal imaging equipment is expensive enough that not every inspector offers this type of ancillary inspection nor are they Certified to properly read and report the results. This is why the best choice for your Home Inspection is Grant Inspection Services.