Home Inspections have been, traditionally, visual inspections. This has been taken to mean visual to the human eye and readily seen. But, just as home construction has become more technical, so has the practice of professional Home Inspection. Electrical Circuit Analyzers, gas and CO meters and UV flashlights are now commonly used for home inspections. The newest such tool is the Thermal or IR imaging camera.
Home Inspection Management inspectors now perform infrared home inspections. All objects have a surface temperature caused by emissivity. As the temperature changes all the material including drywall, wood, and sheathing material all change temperatures at different rates. Our Erie, PA home inspectors use infrared cameras to see these sutble variations in temperature. When there is moisture intrusion or missing insulation it shows as cold spots. When wiring or breakers are overheating they show up as hot spots. When our inspector scans they look for anomalies in patterns. Within these anomalies there are usually problems. If you want one of the most thorough inspections with the use of infrared scans call Home Inspection Management Today!
Infrared Thermal Imaging
Infrared imaging provides important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a residential building. Infrared detects extremely small but crucial differences in temperature from one area of a house to another. These temperature variations show up on the camera’s view screen as “cold” or “hot” spots, which reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection.