A thermal imaging inspection involves using a FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) camera, to check the outside or inside of a building or home. It looks for water and moisture that may be inside the walls. This is an area an inspector cannot see without opening up the walls or without using this type of technology.
This also makes a home inspection even better because an inspector will notice that something is happening in the home, be able to report it appropriately, and investigate more.
Detection of Moisture in the Ceilings and Walls
Using this type of technology allows an inspector to see there are issues on the surface. Then, the inspector can have a look inside the walls, floors, and also the ceiling. On the screen, it shows the difference between moisture areas and dry areas and also areas where insulation may be missing.
Plumbing in a Thermal Imaging Home Inspection
The thermal imaging can scan the plumbing and see where there may be a leak. It allows the inspector to find heat and temperature anomalies and investigate more.
EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems) and Stucco Inspections
These inspections are difficult if not almost impossible to do without a thermal imaging camera. For example, rot can be found behind the stucco with a FLIR camera or other thermal imaging device. This would not be possible with the naked eye.
Insects That Are Wood Destroying
Did you know that the infrared camera can pick up active nests? They radiate heat and then the infrared camera captures it. This allows our home inspection team to investigate further.
A home inspection that uses thermal imaging can also find the electrical issues in a home. In the picture above, the camera is pointing at the electrical box to see if there are any issues. These would be issues such as circuit breakers that need replacing or overloaded circuits.
The HVAC Unit During a Thermal Imaging Home Inspection
A thermal imaging inspection also looks at the HVAC unit to ensure it is hooked up correctly and functioning properly. If you happen to notice your bill increasing, there could be an insulation issue. It can also find air-conditioner compressor leaks.
When an inspector uses a thermal imaging camera in the evenings he can tell that the roof has released its heat and see where there are issues.
This camera can find wet basements, missing insulation, mold, and other structural defects in the home that can also lead to energy loss.
Broken seals in double-paned windows or places where the air is escaping on sliding doors can show up too with thermal imaging.