The use of Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can't be revealed using conventional inspection methods.
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss and unexpected hot or cold spots.
In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;
air-conditioner compressor leaks; under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and broken seals in double-paned windows.
In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:
plumbing leaks; hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;
missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.
IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:
Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement
Overloaded and undersized circuits
Overheated electrical equipment and components
Electrical faults before they cause a fire
Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:
possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects; the presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.
Advancements in technology have finally made their way to home inspections. Protect your home and your investment by requesting Infrared as part of your Inspect Your Nest Whole Home Inspection.