Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging is a technology that allows the inspector to show you things about a building that no one can show you using other inspection methods. Thermal imaging produces images of invisible heat energy emitted from objects and systems in the building, and allows us to measure it. Thermal imaging helps to diagnose the problem rather than merely identify symptoms, and can sometimes, but not always, identify and document: electrical faults before they cause a fire; overloaded and undersized circuits; circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement; missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation; heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold; possible pest infestation; hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage; air-conditioner compressor leaks; under-fastening and/or missing framing members; structural defects; broken seals in double-pane windows; energy loss and efficiency; dangerous flue leaks; damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems; unknown plumbing leaks; and overheated equipment. These color images can then be included in the inspection report, providing supporting documentation to the report.
The inspection will be a non-invasive and non-destructive examination of the visible, safe and readily accessible portions of the interior and/or exterior of the structure for atypical temperature/thermal variations.  NO OTHER WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT not LIMITED TO, WARRANTIES REGARDING FUTURE USE, HABITABILITY, OPERABILITY, SUITABILITY OR MERCHANTABILITY, WITH RESPECT TO THE SUBJECT PROPERTY, ARE PROVIDED.

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Thermal-imaging services do not include any inspections, examinations, testing or evaluations for harmful, dangerous or toxic substances, materials or environmental hazards, including, but not limited to: mold; bio-aerosols; radon; lead; asbestos; non-biological airborne particulates; contaminants; petroleum products; petrochemicals; radioactive materials; electromagnetic radiation; or plant, animal or insect secretions or excretions.  Infrared cameras are not moisture meters but can aid in identifying areas that warrant further investigation.  If the inspector offers any information or opinions about any of the foregoing, this information shall be deemed to be informational only and supplied as a courtesy to the CLIENT.

Vinyl-Sided Apartment House

The thermogram of this vinyl-sided 3-floor apartment house clearly shows the path of a serious leak from a washing machine on the third floor, which is completely hidden within the wall. The thermographer used FLIR’s Image Builder software to automatically “stitch” the three individual thermographs into one fully thermographic collage.

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Interior Roof Survey
Interior infrared survey conducted during daytime hours reveals central area saturated with moisture and in need of immediate repair.

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Log Cabin Living With a Modern Twist

Wood is one of the best natural insulators, and log building construction can provide improved energy efficiency when compared to 2x framed walls. However, even small log homes can have several thousand feet of wood-to-wood joinery that must be carefully installed and designed to ensure energy efficiency.Combing the use of infrared thermography with blower door testing provides a visual illustration of the air leakage in a log structure during depressurization testing. These visuals can be extremely useful to designers, builders and owners to enhance either log home or standard building construction practices as they relate to air tightness, ventilation, energy conservation, and weatherproofing.The application of infrared thermography is useful in assessing log structures with blower door testing, and for nearly any structure (wood framed, steel framed, brick) where blow door testing is a feasible practice. The combination of the two techniques provides a complete, visual analysis of an invisible problem and allows for focused, cost-effective repairs.
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Thermal Imaging for Energy Auditing & Home Inspection

 

Air Tightness and Thermal Imaging testing are important quality control measures when building or renovating a house. Heat losses in buildings can account for up to 50% of the total energy consumption and comes from air leakage through chimneys, attics, wall vents and badly sealed windows/doors, etc.

 

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All new buildings must meet air tightness requirements of the Building Regulations. By reducing air leakage, you will obtain a better comfort in the building. The building can also be heated more efficiently to conserve energy and save money.

Detection and Visualization of Air Infiltration and Exfiltration

Adequate air exchange is essential for the occupants’ health and safety, but most buildings have a far higher rate of air exchange than is necessary. The root cause is often poor design and/or construction which allows air leakage from the outside to the inside of the building, or the opposite. The leakage pathway is often complex and, without thermal imaging, extremely difficult to visualize. This also allows the contractors to quickly identify and repair the problem areas to stop the energy loss immediately.

 Improved Energy Efficiency

To identify areas of energy waste infrared imaging has quickly become a valued tool in identifying problems related to energy loss, missing insulation, inefficient HVAC systems, radiant heating, water damage on roofs, and much more. A thermal imaging camera identifies patterns of heat loss that are invisible to the naked eye. Thermal imaging will quickly indicate the air leaks within a property and measurement data are easily compiled into a report.

 

Professional home inspectors and energy auditors are using leading-edge infrared technology to perform energy auditing of homes and buildings to improve energy efficiency, thus leading to savings on energy costs.