A thermal imaging inspection uses an infrared camera to measure and record the surface temperature of materials. This technology allows you to see potential areas of concern by displaying to you in an image a difference in surface temperature. The difference in surface temperature may be an indication of moisture or air leakage, for example.
Your home inspector will further investigate this area of concern by exploring the area using a moisture metre to confirm the presence of water. If the area is hidden the home inspector will recommend further exploration.
A thermal image lets you see more than the naked eye but it is not without its limitations. Remember an infrared camera will not let you see through walls, but only let you know if there is a difference in temperature. Your home inspector will than interpret and explore the area of concern using his knowledge and expertise in home and building inspections.
Taking and interpreting a thermal image requires training. As your Home Front Inspector, Brad Durant has completed a certified training program and is Level 1 Infrared Thermography for Buildings Certified.
Our Home Front Inspectors will use thermal imaging in your basement, a vulnerable area for water and insulation issues.