Thermal Imaging

 

Summit Home Inspection utilizes infrared thermal imaging because it provides a fast and accurate way to pinpoint and exact locations of problems. Perhaps the most valuable part of infrared inspection is the ability to and report findings. All of our Inspections and Reports often include IR technology that combines an infrared image with a visual image for enhanced identification, analysis and reporting. By incorporating the visual reference image, clients and/or contractors can easily relocate problems after an inspection is completed.

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Moisture Intrusion

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Excess moisture can cause significant damage in your house. Fortunately, infrared imaging can help locate the source of a leak since it will appear as an unusually cooler spot.

Infrared cameras are effective at detecting other excess moisture concerns in a house. Below are some of the issues:

• Roof leaks
• Water intrusion around the building’s foundation that could lead to mold growth and serious structural damage
• Air conditioner leaks

Electrical Hotspots

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  An electrical hotspot is undetectable by the naked eye. But when seen using a thermal camera, the excess thermal energy emitted by electrical hotspots often appears orange, yellow, or white. It is important to know whether your house has an electrical hotspot because it might cause a fire.

Infrared cameras are effective at detecting other electrical issues in a house:

• Circuit breakers that should be repaired
• Overloaded circuits
• Overheated electrical components
• Electrical faults

Insulation or Air Tightness Issues

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If your house has gaps near windows or doors, your home is less energy-efficient. Infrared imaging during home inspections can pinpoint the areas of energy loss. The best way to enhance energy efficiency inside your house is to seal the gaps to the outside. Thermal imaging helps by identifying the areas that should be repaired.

Infrared cameras are effective at detecting these other insulation issues in a house:

• Air infiltration in walls, floors, ceilings, doors, and windows
• Broken seals in windows
• Wet, missing, or damaged insulation

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. Buy With Your Eyes Open With A Complete Home Inspection  & Infrared Thermal Imaging from Summit Home Inspection, LLC