Infrared thermal imaging can spot small but important changes in different areas of a house. These images can detect problem areas that would likely go unnoticed with the naked eye. As the house is scanned it will show up as hot, cold or somewhere in between when using a camera with sensitive infrared radiation. Moisture is a big issue which will be revealed during these inspections. This would include hidden sources of mold, roof leaks, and places that would indicate termite nests. Some of the other problems that are revealed are electrical problems, heat and energy loss, foundation cracks, structural problems, insulation, ventilation glitches and rodent infestation. When checking for roof leaks it is best checked in the evening when it is cooler. The roofing materials will have released their heat showing up blue or purple on the image. If there is moisture areas they will be warm and show up orange or red on the image. Electrical problems can be detected quickly to prevent injury and property damage. The image will show yellow marks where there is damage to the electrical systems. Hidden structural defects can be detected when the floors, walls and ceilings are scanned. Differences in temperatures and conductivity will detect missing or damaged portions. It will also show missing insulation. Infrared testing will also detect wet basement walls which can easily produce mold. All this information is very important to the owner and the perspective buyer of the home.
When purchasing your dream home make sure it doesn’t have defects which can easily be located with an infrared image home inspection. Current home owners could also benefit from having a thermal inspection done.