Infrared thermal imaging in Home Inspections.
Infrared thermal imaging is an advanced non-destructive technology.
With this technology, I can see beyond the spectrum of “natural light” (the light that bounces off all objects we can see with the naked eye) and measure the temperature variances of a surface. I am pioneering this technology in the building inspection industry providing an unprecedented service other home inspectors have yet to offer. Proudly serving Nanaimo, Courtenay, Comox, Campbell River, Port Alberni, Victoria, Saanich, Port Hardy and the rest of Vancouver Island.
Infrared inspections can identify and document the following:
- 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 in walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors.
- 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.
- overheated equipment
A Consumer’s guide to Infrared thermography
Infrared signatures of building inspection issues that would not have been seen with the naked eye.
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.
Interior infrared survey conducted during daytime hours reveals central area of the roof covering saturated with moisture and in need of immediate repair.
Air conditioning unit overheated and shut down after running for approximately 30 minutes. After visual inspection from ground level maintenance was unable to pin-point trouble. A decision was made to use infrared thermography to determine the reason for overheating. After taking a thermal image of the Air conditioning unit, it was determined that there was excessive heat build-up at the connection of the HI pressure line to the condenser. This in turn created excessive pressure in the compressor causing the over-temp switch to kick off. Visual inspection verified there was a crushed HI pressure tube at the condenser.
Infrared technology has been widely used by the Military, Medical system, NASA and other high-tech scientific sectors providing innovative opportunities to successfully reach unimaginable goals. (NOTE: Even with thermal imaging and our advanced methods, it is not possible to find every possible defect although it will show issues unable to be seen with the naked eye.)
It is in your best interest to ensure your building inspector is infrared certified and professionally trained in the science of building thermography. If this technology was readily available in the past, contractors and consumers may have been more proactive with the dominantly feared ‘leaky condo syndrome’. Get an innovative inspection of the future, don’t make the same mistakes of the past.