As demonstrated above, thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identifying water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. By detecting the difference in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a limited visual home inspection. It is also great at identifying areas where the insulation contractor failed to insulate adequately.
difference on a surface for that reason just owning a camera does not make the inspector a good thermographer. A qualified thermographer is paramount to recognize patterns associated with different problems. In the picture the infrared camera shows rodents nesting in the attic.
Thermal image scanning has enhanced the ability to perform stucco and EIFS moisture intrusion inspections. If there is rot behind the stucco it is often visible with thermal imaging in the form of heat anomalies. Thermal image scanning also helps to quantify the affected areas of moisture damage.
Infrared camera performing energy audits with 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.
Thermal imaging from an infrared camera can be used to detect the location of the leak and mark the affected area so that repairs can be made to the leaking area. Obviously, if the roof is older then you should forego the thermal imaging and invest in the needed new roof.
Loose or dirty electrical connections and other electrical anomalies can cause power outages and possible fires. Thermal imaging can detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting report can be a great aid for the repair electrician hired to address the identified issues.
Water leaks from the plumbing system often leak undetected until major damage has occurred. 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.
Because a home may have hidden problems related to heat, air, or moisture then the answer is unequivocally YES. The inspection however, should be performed by a qualified inspector with a minimum level 1 certification with the proper equipment and under the right conditions. (A 10 degree differential is recommended). But there are limitations, thermal infrared is not an X-Ray and cannot pass through walls or other solid surfaces including glass. It simply detects small temperature
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