Certified Professional Home Inspections w/Thermal
Moisture is a big issue that gets revealed during these inspections which includes hidden sources of mold, roof leaks, and posts that indicate termite nests. Electrical problems are also revealed as well as heat and energy loss, foundation cracks, structural concerns, missing insulation, ventilation glitches and rodent infestations. Let’s go through a couple of typical problems I find with the camera, which can save you a bundle of money.
Water will typically give up its heat at a slower rate than its surrounding roofing materials because of its high thermal capacity, so we can see with just one image if any areas have accumulated moisture. This is best done in the evening when the temperature outside begins to fall. The roofing materials will have released their heat showing up blue or purple on the image, while the moisturized materials will still be warm and will show up red or orange on the image. I bring a strong batter-operated fan to create a thermal change and allow me to see moisture that is not normally visible to the human eye.
Identifying the source of electrical problems quickly and accurately will add huge value to a home, while preventing injury and property damage. The image will have yellow marks wherever there is damage to electrical systems, making it easy to spot and put on the list of repairs to be done.
When I scan walls, floors and ceilings with the camera I notice differences in temperature and conductivity which tell me about hidden missing structural components and damaged portions of these components.
IR image revealing major heat loss through a single panel door, glass panes, and the mail slot. This door should be replaced with a triple-glazed door, and a letter box closed receiver or draft excluder.