How Thermal Imaging on a Home Inspection Works

Erich Kelter - Monday, August 22, 2011

Thermal imaging is an important part of a home inspection because it reveals many problems within a house. Homebuyers can't be too careful these days, so getting thermal imaging provides an additional layer of protection before a sale is finalized. A standard home inspection just can't identify the problems that thermal imaging can because it allows inspectors to actually "see" behind the walls without having to cause damage to do so.

Thermal imaging shows home inspectors:

  • Any potential problems with electrical components
  • Leaks in the plumbing
  • Places where insulation is insufficient or missing
  • Excessive air infiltration or leakage
  • Moisture infiltration which may result in mould

It's a valuable tool that provides essential protection for homeowners who want to be sure they're not purchasing a money pit. Here's how the thermal imaging process works during a home inspection:

  1. The camera used by qualified home inspectors analyses infrared energy within the home.
  2. The camera creates a "heat map" of the area being scanned.
  3. The home inspector watches the camera display and uses it to identify parts of the home that are displaying unusual thermal variations.
  4. The home inspector examines problem areas carefully, checking to see whether the issue is a lack of insulation, faulty wiring or electrical components, leaks in the plumbing, or moisture infiltration.

Adding thermal imaging to a home inspection is relatively inexpensive when compared to all the problems it will prevent by purchasing a home with issues. Prospective homebuyers pay just a few hundred dollars or less for thermal imaging. Not all home inspections have thermal imaging as part of the process, so it certainly does pay to be an informed consumer and ask for it to be included. You just can't place a value on knowing ahead of time what kinds of issues you might face when purchasing a home.

Above Grade Home Inspections provides thermal imaging during the home inspection process to ensure that homebuyers are protected against houses that may have hidden problems. When you ask for thermal imaging as part of your home inspection, you can rest assured that you have plenty of protection against problems in your new home.

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