Infrared radiation was discovered in the 1800’s and was used in astronomy. As thermal imaging developed, it was used by the military as early as World War II. As technology progressed, infrared imaging found its place in commercial and industrial applications.
This technology is now used by many home inspectors. The infrared camera uses infrared radiation to display different temperatures with gradient colors. This allows me to detect problems that cannot be seem with the human eye. These images are compared with digital photos and using other inspection tools and techniques helps me to interpret the findings.
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.
Thermal imaging as with any type of inspection, can’t predict future conditions.
Trained and certified in infrared imaging
You will receive a report with my findings along with thermal images and digital photos for comparison. You will receive my interpretation of the results, which can help you in deciding what to do next if any problems are found.