At Healymonster Home Inspections I include thermal imaging with all of my inspections. Whether you are thinking about purchasing a new home or selling your current home and want an in-depth inspection. Thermal imaging can identify problems with the electric, plumbing, and insulation.
Thermal Imaging Home Inspection Reports
Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows me to show my clients things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods.
- Explain the limitations of thermographic imaging, including the fact that, as with any type of inspection, it can’t predict future conditions. However, a roof that is experiencing moisture intrusion which has been detected through thermal imaging will very likely lead to serious structural issues, if left unaddressed.
- Explain the capabilities of thermal imaging and how it can benefit you.
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.
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
In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:
- Plumbing leaks
- Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation
- Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations
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.
Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:
- The presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures
Standard Images with Infrared Images
My reports are user-friendly. I provide standard digital images side by side with IR images. This gives clients an accurate point of reference for the IR data, which is essential for mapping out improvements and repairs.
Interpreting the Data
This is perhaps the most critical aspect of providing a solid IR report, and goes hand in hand with the limitations of thermal imaging, as well as the depth of training and experience. Depending on the established baseline IR readings and the locations of the images, the results can either alert the client to a critical repair needed – such as an electrical hot spot – or simply be an item that they need to keep in check – such as adding insulation at an exterior wall.
Thermal imaging equipment is expensive enough that not every inspector offers this type of ancillary inspection. Nevertheless, those who use IR cameras for both ancillary inspections and as part of their standard home and commercial property inspections will testify that it’s become one of the more indispensable implements in their toolkits.