Thermal (Infrared) Imaging
What’s hidden behind your walls?
Thermal Imaging is a non-invasive method of seeing what might be going on behind your walls. The thermal imaging camera picks up very small differences in surface temperature, as little as .6 of a degree. It is not x-ray vision, cannot see through clothes and does not release radiation. This is a basic scan for missing insulation, water penetration and electrical overloads. Color images will be included in the same day emailed report .
Most items hold and radiate heat differently. For instance a dry jacket is warm outside in the cold and a wet jacket is cold outside. Why you ask? The wet jacket transfers the heat off your body quicker than the air trapped inside the dry jacket.
Now how does that help me as a home inspector?
Water has a different thermal mass than most other building items, meaning that it takes longer to change temperature, as well as conducting heat (or lack of heat known as cold).
Plumbing leaks, foundation leaks, roof leaks, humidifier leaks even animal urine!
Good news for you because when I change the temperature inside your house water leaks show up like a beacon on my camera.
When a circuit is overloaded it creates heat, like the element on your stove. While this is good on your stove, it is bad in your walls, because if enough heat is generated there can be a fire.
A failing circuit breaker will generate heat. While some heat is normal a bad breaker can short circuit and cause a fire, trip often, or not trip when a short circuit is happening.
Good news for you again as the heat generated by the wires/breakers will show up on my camera.
Some attics have difficult sections to reach, or insulation has been moved around to work on lights and is not put back properly. Attic hatches often have poor insulation on them. In older homes the insulation sometimes settles, leaving half of the wall with no insulation. Also around floors and basement roofs there is inadequate insulation.
Again good news this will allow the outside temperature to ‘shine’ through the wall for my camera to see.