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Thermal Image Inspection
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With 3 Tree Home Inspection, a Thermal Imaging Inspection is standard with our home inspection service. By using infrared technology, thermal imaging can detect moisture, wood destruction caused by insects, roof leaks, plumbing damage and much more.
3 Tree Home Inspection encourages you to learn more about the process, and understand why it is so important to choose an inspector who offers Thermal Imaging services.
What is Thermal Image Scanning?
Thermal imaging uses infrared technology to detect very small differences in surface temperatures. Every material has a unique thermal signature and when moisture, heat,cold, or even wood destroying organisms appear the thermal signature changes. The changes can be subtle or dramatic but with this thermal image scanning technology the thermal signatures are detectable where they wouldn’t be able to be seen with the naked eye.
Why is it important to have a Thermal Image Inspection?
The infrared camera can be applied on the interior as well as exterior. Fields of application include and symptoms and signs marked by a temperature differences on a surface. Here’s a list of possible applications.
Moisture detection in walls and ceilings
Thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identifying water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. by detecting the difference in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a limited visual home inspection. It is also great to identifying areas where insulation is contractor failed to insulate adequately.
Stucco & EIFS inspections
Thermal image scanning has greatly improved our ability to perform stucco and EIFS moisture intrusion inspections. If there is rot behind the stucco it is often visible with thermal imaging in the form of heat anomalies. Thermal imaging scanning also helps to quantify the affected areas of moisture damage. By adding this tool to our stucco inspections we have been able to better identify where the trouble areas are that need repair.
Wood destroying insect activity
Significant destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat generated by active infestations. Active termite activity produces a great deal of heat that is often visible to the naked eye can be identified, and then a more invasive inspection can be carried out by the appropriate professional.
If you have a leak on a new to mid life roof and have been told that a new roof is needed, then call us first. we may be able to save you a substantial amount of money. Thermal imaging can be used to detect the precise location of the leak and mark the affected area so that repairs can be made to the leaking area. Obviously, if the roof is older then you should forgo the thermal imaging and invest in the needed new roof.
Loose or dirty electrical connections and other electrical anomalies can cause power outages and possible fires. We can inspect the electrical panels and receptacles to detect issues before there is a costly outage. thermal imaging can detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting report can be a great aid for the repair electrician hired to address the identified issues.
Water leaks from the plumbing systems often leak undetected until major damage has occurred. We can scan in, under, and around plumbing fixtures in the home to determine if there is active leaking going on. Since this tool is not a moisture meter we will use it to find heat anomalies and then pursue the issue further to attempt to determine the source and cause of the leak. Thermal image scanning can detect temperature anomalies in the plumbing system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting thermal image report can be a great aid for the repair plumber hired to address the identified issues.
What is thermal imaging is not?
It’s not a Moisture Meter or X-Ray vision or super tool or a risk eliminator. It cannot detect moisture because the best it can do is detect thermal differences. The infrared imaging camera can identify suspect areas that require further investigation by the inspector. Suspect areas can be checked by the inspector with a moisture meter to verify if the area contains elevated amounts of moisture. We do not perform energy audits at this time
For more information on Thermal Image Inspections, or to schedule an inspection, please contact us.