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Why Thermal Imaging is Essential in a Home Inspection

Erich Kelter - Monday, March 12, 2012

When homeowners call in a company to do a home inspection, few realize just how many options they have in the type of inspection they get and that thermal imaging is pretty much an essential these days. No matter what the age of the house is, there is any number of things that can go wrong, and the only way to keep these problems from becoming major crises is to get thermal imaging done.

With this type of inspection, special equipment is used to see behind the walls without even having to remove any drywall. Of course the benefits of getting a thermal inspection done are endless, but here are five of them:

  1. It shows if your home has proper ventilation. One feature of our homes that we don't think much about is the airflow, which has to be operating properly for the health and safety of those inside the home. Of course having the proper ventilation is also a critical part of keeping your home in good shape because it doesn't allow moisture to build up inside the walls where you can't see it. Condensation from the air conditioner can create mold and mildew inside the walls of your home if it does not have proper ventilation.
  2. Thermal inspections reveal any leaks or other moisture problems. Leaking water can cause a lot of damage inside your home. Hundreds, if not thousands of homes are damaged by leaking water every single year. If the leak is in someplace conspicuous, then you might get it fixed rather quickly, but if it's located behind a wall, you might not find out that it exists until it's too late unless it is found with thermal imaging.
  3. Potential problems with the structure of the home may be revealed. If there is a ventilation problem or if it seems like the hot or cold air you're pumping into your home is just disappearing into thin air instead of heating or cooling your home, then the easiest way to find the structural problems that are causing this is to look for them thermally. These problems are certainly not going to be seen with the naked eye, but whenever you are dealing with something that's either hot or cold, it can't hide from the thermal camera.
  4. Electrical hot spots can be located and fixed. Every year thousands of homes are also lost to electrical fires that could have been prevented if the hot spot that caused the fire had been fixed. The problem with these hot spots is that most of the time you don't know that you have them until your home catches fire. A thermal camera can help identify these problems before a fire starts so that you can get them fixed before tragedy strikes.
  5. Inspectors can identify places where energy is being lost. You could be giving away a lot of money each month to your electric company, simply because your home is leaking energy. Thermal cameras will help you conduct an energy audit so that you know where the energy is going and can correct the problem.

Not every company that offers inspections has thermal cameras, but those that don't aren't able to tell you every important thing about your home. All they can tell you is what they can see with their eyes, but there is so much more going on with a home!

Be sure to have an inspection done before buying a new home, putting your current home on the market, and about once a year to make sure that everything is still in good shape. Above Grade Home Inspections offers thermal imaging as an option in their home inspection services.

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