Thermal Imaging Inspection
A NYS home inspection is a visual, non-invasive examination of the home’s systems and components. However, since approximately 50% of a home is hidden behind walls or in between floors there are limitations to what a visual, non-invasive inspection will uncover.
Thermal imaging cameras provide inspectors the ability to see a bit more when performing the interior inspection. An infrared camera (or thermal camera) is not x-ray vision so we can’t literally see though walls, but it does thermally map the hot and cold spots of a wall by recognizing slight temperature variations. This allows the inspector to better assess the insulation, moisture and electrical components behind the wall and find issues.
Through the use of thermal imagining we can detect if there appears to be inadequate insulation in your walls and attic space by looking for warm spots in the summer months and cold spots in the winter months.
Moisture in building materials can destroy the structural integrity and nurture mold. The first step in moisture detection is to quickly and accurately locate and remove all sources of moisture. IR cameras can help uncover the source of moisture without physically dismantling walls by detecting the evaporation process. When water evaporates it is naturally cooler than surrounding areas and comes up as a cold spot when using a thermal camera.
Electrical Heat Signatures
Thermal imaging can help spot potential electrical hazards. By identifying abnormal heat patterns from an electrical system, potential problems can be evaluated further.
Thermal imaging is only available as an add-on service to a home inspection and is also included in our Orange Inspection package.