Keeping up on home maintenance is one of the responsibilities that go along with being a homeowner. Some maintenance is pretty simple and straightforward. Other tasks are less so. Part of that is because there are some things that may be threatening your home that you can’t see.
Some electrical problems are ones that you can discover on your own. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on the condition of your cords and cables to make sure they aren’t turning into a hazard. But what about the wiring behind your walls? Some pests like to make their homes there (more on that in a minute), and some, such as mice and rats, like to chew on wiring. If there are problems with your home’s internal electrical systems, they can show up as hotspots on thermal imaging scans, making it easy to pinpoint the problem so an electrician can address it.
So about those pests. Pests have the potential to not only be annoying but to be hazardous to your health as well. When they spend their time living in the less seen areas of your home, they can be hard to spot. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible though. Pest infestations tend to give off heat, which means they may show up on thermal imaging scans. If there’s enough of an infestation that it shows up on the scan, you’re going to need to call a pest control professional.
So electrical problems and pests tend to give off heat. What about the cool spots? Depending on the area, it may be a sign of an otherwise unseen moisture problem. Remember, a place that is wet tends to be a different temperature from one that is dry, which means that, you guessed it, it can show up on a thermal imaging scan. Leaky plumbing, wet insulation, and roof leaks are no match for it. Keep in mind that it’s just going to pinpoint the location of the problem. You may need to hire a plumber for more specific information and help.
You may be good at keeping up with the problems you do see, but what about the ones you don’t? It can be tough to even know that there is a problem in the first place because some of them just aren’t readily visible. The good news is that a home inspection can use the power of thermal imaging to see some of these threats and bring them to your attention. Just another reason why it’s a good idea to have your home inspected on a regular basis.
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