Missing, damaged, or inadequate insulation, building envelope air leaks, moisture intrusion, and substandard work are costly to residential and commercial building owners. Thermal imaging can help you quickly target the source of the problem so you can help customers make informed decisions on repairs.
It can be very difficult to spot certain issues and malfunctions inside homes with a naked eye, and that’s where Superior Home Inspections thermal imaging report comes in handy. The equipment relies on infrared technology which can easily detect abnormalities within homes, especially related to excess moisture that can lead to mold growth, electrical and wiring anomalies, pests, and more. Here are just a few of the reasons why you should consider having this type of inspection done when buying a new home:
1. HIDDEN MOLD AND MOISTURE SPOTS DETECTION
Having mold around the house is always unpleasant, and if it’s left unattended, it can quickly become a health hazard. However, mold and moisture tend to appear in darker areas of the house that have a more restricted airflow, such as air ducts and laundry rooms. Thermal technology can allow an inspector to look for these possible hidden mold spots around the house, which would otherwise be invisible to the naked eye. Once these spots are detected, it becomes a lot easier to deal with this problem.
2. ELECTRICAL HOTSPOTS DETECTION
As time goes on, the electrical wiring system placed throughout the home will begin to erode. This can lead to the appearance of various electrical hot spots and other anomalies, which, if left unattended, can lead to potential dangers such as a house fire. Thermal imaging technology allows the inspector to detect these various electrical hot spots around the house. The image will show a bright yellow light at spots where damage on the wiring exists, so it becomes easy to pinpoint the exact location that needs to be repaired.
3. DETECTION OF VARIOUS STRUCTURAL DEFECTS
Thermal imaging can also help detect various problems in the structural integrity of the house. Walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs will all show a difference in temperature at certain spots. This indicates that there may be a problem there, such as damaged or missing structural components. For roofs, in particular, thermal imaging can show if there is moisture gathering at specific points, indicating that there is a leak somewhere on the roof.
4. ENERGY EFFICIENCY
As a homeowner, you should always strive to keep your homes energy-efficient at all times. Otherwise, you might find yourself paying more in utility bills. Thermal imaging can help detect if any heat loss occurs around the house. Usually parts of doorways and windows are the biggest sources of heat loss, and the thermal image will allow you to pinpoint exactly which of these parts release more energy than necessary. Having a more efficient home ultimately means we pay less in additional expenses, and, if you ever decide to sell your house one day, you could negotiate for a better price as energy-efficient homes are generally valued more.
5. PEST DETECTION
No one likes the idea of sharing their home with nasty little bugs and cockroaches that like to crawl their way into the inside of the home. Just like with moisture and mold, an infrared image can detect the temperatures of these various small pests and critters.