Thermal Imaging

See into your home

What is Thermal imaging?

Infrared thermography is a relatively economical building diagnostic technique, used to perform surveys of the thermal and moisture envelope of a home. It is also an effective tool for examining the structural components of buildings.

What do we look for?

Infared cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:

  • Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement
  • Overloaded and undersized circuits
  • Overheated electrical equipment and components
  • Electrical faults before they cause a fire

Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:

  • Possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects.
  • The presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures.
  • Dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.

In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an Infrared camera can locate:

  • Plumbing leaks
  • Hidden roof leaks (before they cause serious damage)
  • Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation
  • Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations, the foundation, and building envelope (that could lead to structural damage and mold)

Here you see a toilet with no signs of leaking around the base. 

In terms of energy loss, an Infared camera can detect:

  • Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
  • Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
  • Air-conditioner compressor leaks
  • Under-fastening and/or missing framing members
  • Broken seals in double-paned windows.

Under this window we see a cold area, which led to an investigation in the crawlspace.