Using Thermography For Home Inspection

Using thermography can assist homeowners to save a couple of dollars by identifying hidden faults behind the ceilings, walls, and floors of their apartments. Thermography technology utilizes the infrared thermal imaging camera, a technique that was invented for the military.

The camera functions like an ‘X-Ray’ machine examining behind the building surfaces for issues. In the real sense, the technology does not ‘see’ into anything but instead identifies the transfer of heat via materials.

Infrared thermography is typically described as the identification and measurement of heat (emitted thermal energy), by use of infrared sensors and digital cameras that have the ability to translate the invisible infrared spectrum or heat into a graphical format.

The thermal image can then be deduced to offer a non-destructive and non-invasive method for defining building deficiencies and faults. In addition to identifying issues, infrared home inspections are to some extent valuable for clearance purposes.

 Besides, they can be used to affirm that the previously diagnosed problems have been appropriately fixed and corrected.

The Uses of Infrared Thermography

Water Intrusion

This aspect entails scanning the interior surfaces of a building with the assistance of infrared cameras to show excess moisture that may result in mold growth due to roof leaks, plumbing leaks, leak around windows, among others.

The wet sections of buildings typically become cold when energy is transferred during the water evaporation procedure. With this technique, it becomes easy and straightforward to identify a wet area during the scan.

Roof Leaks

Scanning rooftops expose water incursion as well as accumulated moisture below the surface. With the thermal properties of water, water usually produces heat at a relatively much slower speed than the nearby roof materials.

The sections of accumulated moisture are thus easily and quickly identified when assessing the roof surface. This form of roof inspection is best performed during the late evenings after the thermal energy produced during the day has been released or transferred.

Insulation Faults

The presence of substantial temperature ranges, because of variations in thermal energy transfer, enable for the identification of missing or deficient insulation when one is scanning wall surfaces or ceiling.

Electrical Hotspots

The shortage within the electrical system may be made visually deceptive by utilization of an infrared camera.

 For instance, a deficient connection between electrical equipment can lead to resistance. This resistance can typically show in an apparent rise of temperatures in comparison to similar kinds of connections under the same load conditions.

Structural Problems

The differences in conductivity, thermal capacity, as well as other intrinsic qualities of building structural components may enable for their identification when assessing the floors, walls, as well as ceilings with the assistance of sensors and infrared cameras.

Under the ideal conditions, the missing structural components and the sections of structural elements that are damaged can be detected quickly and easily.

When it comes to homes, no homeowner likes ‘surprises’ especially when there is an extra cost amount attached to them.

 Regardless of you being a buyer, seller, or just a standard homeowner, you can utilize thermography technology to protect yourself against the issues and subsequent costs outlined above.