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Why inspectors use thermal imaging?

Infrared cameras are used to find possible hidden defects. A home inspector performs a scan of the home using a thermal camera.

  • Thermal Scans

    Thermal imaging equipment finds differences in temperature when thermal scans are performed.

  • Thermal Anomalies

    Thermal anomalies are unexpected temperature changes in areas that may indicate a problem.

  • Thermal Finds

    The temperature anomalies help to find hidden issues that could be lurking in walls, and ceilings, attics, HVAC systems, electrical systems.

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Most Inspectors Utilize Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections

investing in a house is a big decision since this will likely be the place you stay in for quite some time. It is important to ensure that everything is going well in the home, so having a home inspection is highly recommended. A company with thermal imaging capabilities is beneficial for home inspections, as they can detect things that cannot be seen without special technology.
Thermal imaging can detect problems such as water damage, air leaks, and electrical issues that would otherwise go unnoticed.
It’s advisable to inquire if the inspector you plan to employ incorporates thermal imaging as part of the inspection of the home

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What kinds of issues can be found with thermal imaging scans?

  • Hot spots in electrical systems overloaded circuits
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Energy Loss
  • Air leaks in HVAC equipment
  • Roof leaks
  • Wet insulation
  • Damaged thermal seals in double-pane windows
  • Structural defects like missing framing in walls.
  • Hot electrical connections
  • Flue leaks
  • Missing insulation
  • Moisture intrusion
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Electrical Thermal image of service panel
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How do infrared inspections improve a home inspection?

A thermal inspection helps find things that normally would go unnoticed during a typical visual inspection. Since the inside of walls and ceilings aren’t visible to an inspector some moisture issues would go undetected. An infrared scan can scan large sections of walls and ceilings very quickly. One quick scan can locate temperature differences.

I can’t tell you how many issues I have found that would not have been detected without infrared technology. Thermal imaging scans allow a home inspector to find issues that are not visible to the naked eye. Utilizing thermal imaging technology for my home inspection clients is a major benefit for any home inspection service.

Missing wall insulation
Electrical Thermal image of service panel
Missing ceiling insulation

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How Thermal Imaging works.


Fantastic tool.

Thermal imaging works by detecting infrared radiation emitted from objects and converting it into an image. This allows inspectors to identify areas of concern quickly and accurately without having to tear apart walls or ceilings. Additionally, thermal imaging can detect temperature variations in different parts of the house which can help identify potential energy efficiency issues. While not all companies offer this service or charge extra for it, it is worth asking if you want the added assurance that your new home has been thoroughly inspected for any potential issues.

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What types of thermal imaging services can be performed in a home?

Infrared can be used to help in electrical inspections helping to locate possible fire hazards.

Moisture intrusion inspections from poor drainage, siding damage, and water leaks from the roof and walls.

HVAC inspections infrared can find heat leakage or cool spots that could indicate leaks around ducts, evaporating coils, plenums, or dangerous Flue leaks at combustible vents into interior spaces.

Plumbing inspections infrared can help spot plumbing leaks inside ceilings and walls and could help locate the location of the leak.

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Preparing the home for thermographic inspections.

Here in our Houston climate conditions, this type of inspection is best performed during the summer. The first thing that should be done when the inspector arrives at the property is to turn the A/C down even if the unit is running. Thermographic inspections need to have about a 20-degree temperature difference from the indoor temperature compared to the outside air temperature. Once this difference has been achieved thermal image scanning can begin.

Thermographic inspections are better than your regular home inspection.

Thermal imaging is an advanced non-invasive technology that can reveal a great deal of information from an infrared image that may have not been revealed using conventional methods during an inspection. Ready to schedule our inspection business includes infrared inspections at no additional cost when conditions can be met.

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Reasons why conditions couldn't be met to include a thermal imaging inspection.

  • Power off at home.
  • A/C systems that don’t function or cool.
  • The heating units not functioning.
  • Unable to meet temperature difference from interior to exterior temperatures.