Thermal imaging, also called an infrared home inspection, uses a special infrared camera to detect differences in temperature across a surface. Thermal imaging is incredibly effective because it allows me to see problems that are difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye. Problems that would go unnoticed in a normal home inspection. Using the equipment and interpreting the data requires a properly trained and certified inspector.
I can find problems before you can see them, when they're significantly less expensive to fix. By the time you can see the problem yourself, the damage would be much more extensive. Thermal imaging is especially useful for discovering the following problems:
An inefficient home means a constant drain on your wallet. Energy loss can occur due to poor or missing insulation, poor construction, or even flaws in the home's design. I'll check for indications of energy loss through walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, the attic, and more. I also check for damaged or malfunctioning radiant heating, if present. I'll make sure your home isn't needlessly burning through cash.
Thermal imaging is one of the most effective methods for detecting moisture problems. I can often find thermal evidence of moisture penetration from the roof or basement, as well as plumbing leaks, before they've caused enough damage to be visible to the naked eye. Since thermal imaging does not detect moisture directly, I use a moisture meter for verification.
Naturally, thermal imaging is very effective for finding hot spots inside a home. These can range from electrical issues to insulation problems or dangerously hot pipes (which pose a burn risk to children). Electrical problems are of particular concern, as they indicate a wiring problem of an overloaded component, which poses a major fire risk.
McLaughlin Home Inspections provides thermal (infrared) imaging for home inspections in the Capitol District and beyond including, Albany, Colonie, Latham, Guilderland, and surrounding areas. Not sure if that's you? Give me a call at (518) 389-5449 or send me an email.