Thermal imaging is now considered part of the professional home inspectors regular service.
A professional home inspector, equipped with a thermal imaging camera and properly trained and certified in its use, can find problems with a house that a normal home inspectors cannot. These problems include the following:
– Water intrusion through the houses exterior covering, whether the house has brick, stone, stucco or siding.
– Improperly installed or settled insulation.
– Water leaks around windows and doors.
– Plumbing leaks inside the house, including leaking pipes, improperly seated toilets, leaky shower pans and bathtubs and water pipe condensation.
– Improperly insulated HVAC ducting that have not been properly sealed or that cause condensation dripping in attics and crawlspaces.
– Improperly installed or insufficient insulation in ceilings and walls.
– Leaking roofs, skylights, roof vent piping and roof vents.
Infrared thermal imaging scans can easily verify insulation inside walls and ceilings. The camera will reveal where there is missing, settled, or wet and damaged insulation. Cold air sources at doors and windows are also identified.
Some of the items that could be identified with the use of a Thermal Imaging Camera:
- Energy loss and efficiency
- Unknown plumbing leaks
- Hidden roof leaks, before they cause serious damage
- Electrical faults before they cause a fire
- Overloaded and undersized circuits
- Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement
- Missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation
- Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
- Water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold
- Possible rodent or pest infestation
- Air conditioner compressor leaks
- Under fastening and/or missing framing members
- Structural defects
- Broken seals in double pane windows
- Dangerous fluid leaks
- Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
- Overheated equipment