Infrared thermal imaging is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows me to show my clients things about the property that cannot be revealed using conventional inspection methods, and thus provides a more comprehensive understanding of the property.
Applications include identifying areas of energy loss, electrical hotspots, structural anomalies and perhaps most important - areas of unseen moisture issues (such as plumbing leaks, wet insulation, water intrusion). An IR camera cannot "see" mold, but it can help identify suspected moist conditions, which can lead to mold development, decay and wood-destroying insects.
Although an IR camera is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guaranty 100% accuracy. But when combined with conventional home inspection techniques, further evaluation of conditions can be better focused and thus more efficient. If infrared images are taken during your inspection, the photos will be displayed side-by-side in your written report with traditional digital images of the area. The service is provided as a courtesy to supplement my inspection efforts, and is included with the standard inspection fee. It is not a substitute for a full Energy Audit.
Unseen to naked eye, insulation missing at top of wall. Significant energy loss.