Infrared (thermal imaging) is a non-invasive, advanced technology that allows us to show homeowners and investors potential defects with their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. We’ll interpret the results and educate you on our Infrared findings as accurately as possible; aiming you with actionable information so that you can prioritize the necessary repairs.
Limitations of thermal imaging
Our infrared camera cannot see through objects, it’s not like an X-Ray. In simple terms, infrared is the energy emitted by objects based on their temperature. The higher the temperature, the more energy emitted.
It may not predict future defects. However, a roof that is experiencing moisture intrusion which has been detected through thermal imaging will very likely lead to serious structural issues, if left unaddressed.
Capabilities of thermal imaging
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.
In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
- Air infiltration and heat loss in walls, floors, ceilings, along with doors and windows
- Air-conditioner compressor leaks
- Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
- Under-fastening and/or missing framing components, plus other structural defects that can lead to energy loss
In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:
- Plumbing leaks
- Damaged, missing, and/or wet insulation
- Moisture and water intrusion around penetrations, building envelope, and foundations 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, components and electrical faults before they cause a fire.
Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, we can locate:
- Possible pest infestations, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects
- Dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents
St. John’s Home Inspections, LLC brings the home that you’re considering into clearer focus—so that you can see the wisest path to follow.
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