The field of home inspections is constantly advancing. Traditional inspection methods have their limitations, but a newer technology can help detect issues with a home or commercial property. Thermal imaging uses infrared technology to help identify problems through temperature changes. The infrared cameras can spot things the naked eye cannot see, which can be helpful when purchasing a property.
What Can Thermal Imaging Do?
Thermal imaging offers numerous benefits when inspecting a building. This technology has many uses.
Because there are temperature differences between a wet area and a dry area, thermal imaging can detect moisture in floors, walls, and ceilings. It can detect leaks around faucets and other plumbing fixtures, as well as wet insulation and roof leaks. However, an infrared camera is not a moisture meter, so a plumber will have to identify the cause.
Detect Energy Loss
Thermal imaging can also be used for an energy audit, allowing you to detect energy loss in a home or commercial property. It can identify heat loss in:
It can locate air conditioner leaks and damaged heating systems. Thermal imaging can also show broken window seals and other structural defects.
Detect Electrical Problems
With thermal imaging, electrical issues show up as “hot spots.” Any problems with connections or wiring will be easy to detect with special highlighting. Hot spots may include:
- Damaged circuit breakers
- Overheated electrical components
- Overloaded circuits
- Electrical faults in need of repair
Detect Building Conditions
Thermal imaging allows you to easily view the inside of a building without taking invasive measures. There’s no need to take apart a building or disturb the occupants to identify problems the human eye cannot easily see. These problems may include structural defects, such as missing insulation or other essential components. Plus, thermal imaging can be used for repair verification and insurance purposes.
Thermal imaging can even identify pest activity. If you think you may have termites, rats, or other pests living inside your home, infrared cameras can confirm this via color gradients. Infestations produce heat, which makes them detectable by thermal images. You’ll be able to detect wood-boring insects as well as intruders such as mice, rats, and larger animals.
While minor activity may not be detectable, thermal imaging can identify significant activity. At that point, you can hire a pest control professional.
Contact Us Today
Thermal imaging is an effective method for detecting issues with homes and commercial properties. At J Bixler Inspections, we won’t cut corners with your inspection. We’ll give you a thorough analysis of any and all issues. Contact J Bixler Inspections to schedule an inspection before you buy your next property in northern California.