We Use Infrared (IR) Thermography Technology in Our Home Inspections
When you need to hire a home inspector, you want to find a home inspection company that keeps up with the latest technology. At Primus Home Inspections, we use Infrared (IR) Thermography technology, which gives us the ability to see your home in a whole new light!
What is IR Thermography?
IR Thermography is a newer, non-invasive technology that uses infrared cameras to detect concerns that are not otherwise visible to the naked eye. In many cases an infrared camera has the ability to show exactly where problem areas are quickly and easily. When it comes to issues in your home (or in a home that you want to buy), you don’t want to play a guessing game or have to wonder if something was missed.
Imagine all of the thousands of dollars that you could save in repair costs from discovering things that need to be addressed before they get out of hand. The knowledge gained from this type of thermal assessment can also be used to increase the energy efficiency of your home —again, keeping more dollars in your pocket.
How Do Infrared Cameras Work?
Infrared cameras are no-contact instruments that detect differences in temperature of building surfaces and electrical equipment. Infrared thermography visualizes temperature variations related to heat and moisture by scanning the interior and exterior surfaces of the home. When there are differences in temperature, it is a sign that something may be wrong and needs attention. IR cameras do not see through walls or ceilings – they display color images based on surface temperatures.
On the IR camera display, warm surface temperatures show up as bright colors, as compared to cool surface temperatures, which show up as dark colors. The qualified home inspector will know which images are typical and which need to be investigated further.
Leaky roofs, for example, can do quite a bit of damage before they may be able to be seen by the naked eye in a visual inspection. If you have a thermographic inspection done though, this can help detect problem areas before they become too costly to repair. In some cases, roof damage can become so extensive, that the whole roof would need to be replaced. As with anything, repairing is usually more cost effective than replacing. This type of inspection enables us to catch many problems, like a leaky roof before it gets out of control.
What Other Types of Problems Can Thermal Imaging Help Locate?
- Heating and cooling losses
- Abnormal heat coming from electrical systems or appliances
- Thermal pane issues (lost seals in double or triple pane windows)
- Moisture issues including water penetration and leaks
- Plumbing leaks
- Basement leaks
- Air duct leaks
- Overloaded electrical circuits
- Insect and pest infestations
- Inadequate, damaged, or missing insulation
- Structural concerns and/or poor construction
Another great benefit of using this technology is that enables the home inspector to indirectly view areas that may not be accessible otherwise. If your home does not have an attic for example, with infrared imaging the inspector may still be able to identify attic insulation and moisture issues.
Thermography technology is just one of many tools that an inspector may use. Thermal imaging can help identify issues that might otherwise remain hidden, saving you money in the long run, and most importantly, give you the information you need to confidently make major real estate decisions.