Thermal Imaging

Infrared, or thermal imaging, uses advanced and non-invasive technology to see and show more of what is going on inside of homes that cannot otherwise be seen.  By scanning areas with special equipment, an image is created using thermal energy and infrared radiation.  By getting these images, further inspection can reveal many different potential problems in a home that could be missed with conventional methods.  

 
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What can an infrared scan show for home energy loss?

  • 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.

  • Broken seals in double-paned windows.

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What can an infrared scan show for moisture intrusion?

  • Plumbing leaks.

  • Hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage.

  • Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation.

  • Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.

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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.

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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.

  • Dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How much does thermal imaging cost?

Active Home Inspection Services provides thermal imaging to all of our home inspections at no additional cost.  

Is a thermal image scan a complete diagnosis?

No.  A thermal image simply provides a view of potential anomalies related to heat.  Further inspection into the cause of the variance is required.

Do you provide repair estimates?

No.  We believe that providing estimates and making repairs is a conflict of interest. Our goal is to provide an unbiased assessment of the home and provide recommendations for repair if necessary for home safety or energy efficiency.