How can this technology be useful?
Moisture Detection in Walls and Ceilings – Thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identifying water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. This is done by detecting the difference in temperature between a wet area and dry areas thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a limited visual home inspection.
Insulation Inspections - It is also great at identifying areas where the insulation contractor failed to insulate adequately.
Plumbing Inspections – Water leaks from the plumbing system often leak undetected until major damage has occurred. We can scan in, under, and around plumbing fixtures in the home to determine if there is active leaking going on. Since this tool is not a moisture meter we will use it to find heat anomalies and then pursue the issue further to attempt to determine the source and cause of the leak.
Thermal image scanning can detect temperature anomalies in the plumbing system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting Thermal Image Scan report can be a great aid for the repair plumber hired to address the identified issues.
Wood Destroying Insect Activity – Significant wood destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat generated by active infestations. That’s right, active termite activity produces a great deal of heat that is often visible to the infrared camera. Minor activity may not be detectable, but areas not normally visible to the naked eye can be identified, and then a more invasive or technically exhaustive inspection can be carried out by the appropriate professional.
Energy Audits – We do not currently specialize in performing energy audits, but thermal imaging has been a great tool to help homeowners save money, especially now that energy rates are on the rise. Heat loss and/or cold air influx can be detected, and corrective actions can be taken to help improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial structures.
Once the energy wasting areas are identified, then changes can be made to make a dramatic difference in energy consumption which means less money out of pocket.
Roof Inspections – Thermal imaging can be used to detect the precise location of the leak and mark the affected area so that repairs can be made to the leaking area.
Electrical Inspection – Abnormal heating associated with high resistance or excessive current flow is the main cause of many problems in electrical systems. Infrared thermography allows us to see these invisible thermal signatures of impending damage before the damage occurs. When current flows through an electric circuit, part of the electrical energy is converted into heat energy. This is normal. But, if there is an abnormally high resistance in the circuit or abnormally high current flow, abnormally high heat is generated which is wasteful, potentially damaging and not normal.
Infrared electrical inspections find hot spots caused by defects in connections and components. Infrared thermography is used to find areas of excess heat (caused by increased resistance) so that problems can be corrected before a component fails, causing damage to the component, creating safety hazards and productivity loss. Because increased heating is a sign of failure, infrared is the best diagnostic tool available for finding these hot connections in the early stages of degeneration.
You might find yourself asking why do I need a roof inspection if I don’t have a leak? Well, it’s because the condition of your roof is perhaps the most overlooked part of your home! Our home inspectors are trained to look at all aspects of your roof. We don’t just look for storm damage. We will check your entire roof for signs of general wear and tear as well as storm damage that you may not be aware of.