The DOE recommends a thermal imaging inspection be done on newly constructed homes. Most builders have a warranty for a new home, some for one year, others longer. Thermal investigations conducted by a certified thermographer are valid in a court of law.
Sometimes people have asked me if they can get a home inspection without thermal imaging.
"If you have moisture in the walls that can cause mold, do you want me to include that information in the report? They would always say YES, THAT IS IMPORTANT INFORMATION."
I would then tell them "So why do you want me to leave my tool at home, that happens to be the very tool I need in order to give you this VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION?" "You are trying to save a nickle at the risk of loosing a dollar. By not getting a thermal imaging scan of the house, you are exposing yourself to potential harm, by not getting all the details that you may need, and it may end up causing you damage later"
As you can see in this picture the wiring in the home is shorting out. This is creating heat on the wire. We never would have caught this problem with a home inspection.
Consumers Guide to Infrared Thermography
The Newest innovation in home inspections
Why use an Infrared Camera?
For example, an area that is damp from a plumbing leak will heat up at a different rate than a dry area. The variations in heat emitted can be easily detected with an Infrared Camera. IR cameras can often find the ultimate source with little or no physical disassembly of the premises and minimal disturbance of inhabitants. To illustrate how the infrared camera "sees" heat, the pictures above show where the insualation is missing. As you can see, the cold areas appear blue and black while the warm areas are orange and yellow.
Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. When two areas composed of the same or similar materials experience changing ambient temperatures, the area with the higher thermal mass will change slower. The first thing we do is turn on the heater to warm up the house. The dry areas with less thermal mass will warm up quickly. Areas with a higher thermal mass which may include damp areas will warm up slower, and these differences will be obvious when viewed through the Infrared camera.
Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot.
Infrared thermography, produces images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities.
- Electric system inspection and component scans
- Water and moisture intrusion inspection scans
- Thermal insulation inspection scans
- Flat roof inspection scans
- Pitched roof inspection scans
- Building envelope inspection scans
- Air infiltration/Heat loss scans
- HVAC component scans
- Energy Audits / Surveys
- And much more…
Infrared thermogoraphy is especially helpful in locating potential problems like electrical hazards and minor roof leaks before they get out of control. Our service can also assist with quality assurance by identifying missing insulation, plumbing leaks, and structural issues or defects. We can help to pinpoint troublesome issues such as roof leaks, plumbing leaks, and energy efficiency without the need for invasive or destructive investigations. Infrared technology can prove invaluable in saving time and revenue typically required to identify and correct these issues.
NOTE: Although infrared thermal imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy, unless removal or destruction of components can be achieved to validate findings. When possible, other tools are used to verify thermal images, but even with these considerations we do not claim to have x-ray vision. Conditions may change and cause the apparent temperatures revealed on thermal images to be different at any given time. For example, if there has been no rain for a weeks or two the infrared camera may not detect moisture from the roof leak since none is present.