Infrared Thermal Imaging

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Thermal Imaging Reports

Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that  allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or  buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods.   Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports generated for standard inspections.   An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots. 

An Inspector should:

Explain the limitations of thermal imaging, including the fact that, as with any type of inspection, it can’t predict future conditions.  

Explain the capabilities of thermal imaging and  how it can benefit your clients. 

In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:

 

  • 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.

In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:


  • plumbing leaks;
  • hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;
  • missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and
  • water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the  foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage  and mold.

IR 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;  and
  • electrical faults before they cause a fire.

Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:

 

  • possible 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 flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.