Thermal Imaging Inspections

Infrared thermal image inspection

Thermal Imaging Inspections

An infrared camera can reveal and find the sources of energy inefficiencies, destructive water damage, and potential structural issues. Having this added information greatly aids in making informed decisions about necessary repairs that can help save potentially large expenses.

How does thermal imaging work?

Every object emits some level of infrared radiation, which can be captured by a thermal camera. Thermal imaging via infrared cameras uses special sensors to create an image. The thermal image produced by an infrared camera represents the temperature distribution across the surface of various objects. Hotter areas appear brighter and cooler areas appear darker.

Thermal imaging technology allows us to see and capture images of the infrared radiation emitted by objects and people. This technology has several benefits, some of which include:

  • Detection of temperature anomalies: Thermal imaging cameras can detect even small temperature changes, allowing for the detection of thermal anomalies that may indicate the presence of a hidden substance or object, a potential hazard, or a malfunctioning system.
  • Enhanced safety and security: Thermal imaging can be used to monitor issues of overheating of electrical equipment.
  • Energy efficiency: Thermal imaging can be used to identify energy leaks in buildings or other structures, alerting for more efficient insulation and heating systems.
  • Non-invasive testing: Thermal imaging can be used for non-invasive testing of materials and structures, such as detecting wall cracks, leaks, or other faults that may not be visible to the naked eye due to wall or flooring finishes.

All of our inspectors are equipped with infrared cameras that enable them to detect potential issues that may be hiding in your home. Is there enough insulation in the attic? Is air leaking through the windows or doors? Is there water seepage in the finished area of the basement? It is also possible to detect a wall switch or electrical component that might be overheating.

There are instances in an inspection where thermal imaging often does not offer a definitive answer to the source of an issue. In this case, it can instead raise a flag on potential hidden issues in need of further investigation. While a thermal imaging camera is unable to see through walls, it is an invaluable inspection tool for providing a thorough home inspection.

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