What can a thermal imaging home inspection find in a home?
More homebuyers are requesting a thermal imaging inspection for their potential properties. This method of inspection has become popular for many reasons. It is not invasive and makes locating problems within the house much easier. Thermal imaging also allows the homebuyer to actually see the shape and size of the problem, rather than simply telling them it is there. This not only saves the buyer and realtor from dealing with unforeseen issues down the road, but peace of mind and security about the property being purchased.
Exterior water leakage can cause serious problems in a home. A thermal imaging inspection can reveal wet areas that may otherwise be hidden from normal view. Stopping this problem before it gets worse is very important. An exterior water leak that is allowed to continue can cause rot in wood and other materials as well as lead to mold growth.
Points of Lost Energy
The thermal imaging inspection can also show you areas in a property that could help reduce utility bills. Missing insulation or un-insulated walls can cause a loss of heat or cool air during heating and cooling seasons. This can lead to higher utility bills as a furnace or air conditioning unit tries to make up for the loss. A thermal imaging inspection can help find these areas so they can be fixed.
Pipe leaks in a home
Not all pipe leaks start out as a noticeable issue. The thermal imaging inspection can reveal a leaky pipe, even if the leak is still small. Correcting the problem right away is very important or you could face a serious water damage situation later. Through thermal imaging of the area, you can begin to determine where it is coming from which can save a plumber time on the repair.
Electrical Components Overheating
Overheating electrical components can pose a serious threat to the safety of a home and its inhabitants. A thermal imaging home inspection can identify problem areas that could come from overheating electrical components before they turn into an emergency situation. Although any home can benefit from a thermal imaging home inspection, older homes with aging electrical components and wiring may get even more out of the service.
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The Thermal Imaging technology does not have x-ray vision capabilities. The use of a Thermal Imaging Camera by your Home Inspector is for the purpose of enhancing the visual inspection. The Home Inspection Report does not include a Thermal Imaging Report.
The Thermal Imaging Technology is totally reliant on temperature differences. The images produced should then be interpreted by a CERTIFIED THERMAL / INFRARED THERMOGRAHPY TECHNICIAN, for the POSSIBLE detection of moisture, placement of insulation, construction components, and electrical hot spots.
Thermal Imaging cannot detect damaged concealed components, when the system is absent of moisture and/or temperature difference, at the time of inspection.
While the use of this equipment improves the odds of detecting a moisture issue, it is not a guarantee, as numerous environmental conditions can mask the thermal signature of moisture. Additionally, leakage is often intermittent, and cannot be detected, when not present.
The inspection and report are not a guarantee, warranty or an insurance policy, with regard to the fitness of the property.