Types of Infrared Inspections
With today’s homes, there may be underlying issues which require a more technical analysis. In recent years problems such as excessive moisture, mold, poor indoor air quality and other issues have become more prevalent as the result of newer, tighter building techniques and new construction materials. A new technology has entered the home inspection market. Infrared imaging, sometimes called thermography, combines technical knowledge with specialized equipment as part of an inspection to help identify problems "trapped" in the walls, ceilings or floors.
Thermal imaging equipment offers a non-invasive, non-destructive way of evaluating conditions of homes – providing immediate high-resolution thermal imagery issues, energy efficiency and even rodent or pest control. Because all factors, such as faulty wiring, termites, mold, and wet insulation affect the temperature of the environment, heat-sensitive photography can reveal these and other issues that cannot be seen with the naked eye or with modern digital photography. By providing thermal imaging reports, you can document a hidden fault for corrective action or prioritize repairs.
Using thermal equipment to locate moisture leaking into the home at shown to the left. Unknown to the occupants the air conditioner condensation pipe has become clogged and water is leaking onto the floor and seeping in all directions.
For energy evaluations, you can show where cold air is entering the home or where heat is being lost. Thermal imaging also sees wiring hot spots or the presence of moisture, which can be hazardous to the home and those who live in it. United States government energy labs estimate that air filtration wastes up to 40% of every home’s heating and cooling dollar. Studies show that there were more than $45 billion dollars wasted on heating and cooling in 2004 alone.