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    8 Benefits of Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections

    By Admin Wednesday January 18, 2023
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    A home inspection is an important aspect of the house-buying/selling process. It gives the homeowner and buyer a thorough view of the home’s condition.  Covered walls, flooring, ceilings cover a considerable percentage of the overall home, thus knowing what is happening behind the scenes can be tricky.  So, if you can’t see behind the walls, how can you tell if essential systems like your ducts, electricity, and plumbing are functioning properly?

    Thermal imaging may detect the thermal reading problems in both new and pre-war dwellings built in the early 1900s. Building codes have evolved. Home inspectors can provide homeowners with a more detailed image of their home’s condition using thermal imaging. 

    What Is Thermal Imaging?

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    Thermal imaging is a non-invasive and advanced technique for detecting, measuring, and photographing temperature fluctuations in internal and external surfaces during a residential property inspection. When analyzed by a professional thermographer, this information can reveal problems that are not visible to the human eye, problems that could potentially cause harm to the home and its foundation if left unchecked.

    Infrared cameras are unable to see through barriers. They can only “see” the heat of a surface or object. It enables the inspector to visualize and document temperature gradients on surfaces such as ceilings and walls. It is incredibly effective at detecting moisture problems (even before they become apparent to the human eye), thermal problems (insulation defects and air leaks), and electrical problems.

    In brief, a thermographic scan of all inner and outer surfaces of the property can detect potential issues without the need for invasive or harmful procedures, possibly saving you money on repair costs.

    The following are the eight most significant advantages of using thermal imaging during infrared home inspection:

    1. Detection Of Hidden Mold And Moisture Damage

    Mold is always unpleasant; if left untreated, it may soon become a health danger. Mold and mildew, however, tend to appear in darker regions of the home with restricted airflows, such as ventilation ducts and laundry rooms. Thermal technology can help an inspector look for hidden mold patches throughout the property that would usually be invisible to the human eye. When these places are identified, dealing with the problem becomes much easier.

    2. Detection Of Electrical Hotspots

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    The electrical wiring system installed throughout the home will deteriorate over time. This can result in the emergence of numerous electrical hot spots and other abnormalities, which, if ignored, can lead to possible hazards such as a house fire. The inspector can discover these numerous electrical hot spots throughout the property using thermal imaging technology. The image will display a bright yellow light where there is electrical damage, making it easier to determine the exact region that has to be fixed.

    3. Detection Of Any Structural Deficiencies

    Thermal imaging can also aid in the detection of numerous structural concerns in the home. Temperature differences can be seen on walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. This suggests hidden issues, such as damaged or missing structural components. Particularly for tops, thermal imaging can show if moisture is pooling at certain spots on a roof, indicating a leak somewhere on the roof.

    4. Energy Efficiency

    As a homeowner, you should constantly make an effort to keep your home energy-efficient. Otherwise, you may end up spending more on utility costs. Thermal imaging can assist in detecting heat loss around the house. The most common causes of heat loss are parts of entrances and windows, and the thermal image will show you which parts release more energy than necessary. Having an energy-efficient home means we spend less on additional expenses, and if you ever decide to sell your property, you may be able to negotiate a higher price because energy-efficient homes are usually valued higher.

    5. Pest Infestation

    Nobody wants to share their home with disgusting little bugs and roaches that prefer to crawl their way inside. An infrared image can identify the temperatures of these many little pests, and creatures like it can detect moisture and mildew.

    6. No Damage

    Another advantage of thermal imaging for home inspections is that no wall damage is required. Some problems in your home may be obscure at first glance and can only be discovered if you smash a wall or make a hole in the flooring. Whether selling or purchasing a home, you don’t want those expenditures. 

    The inspector can visually assess areas of the floor or wall prone to damage and leakage. These professionals will utilize thermal imaging to evaluate the attic and basement for leaks and electrical issues. Water entry might cause problems in the future; therefore, no-damage checks are beneficial.

    7. The HVAC System 

    A thermal imaging examination also looks at the HVAC unit to make sure it is properly connected and operating. If you see an increase in your utility bill, there may be an insulation problem. Thermal imaging can also detect air conditioner compressor leaks.

    8. Leaks In The Plumbing

    You may be wondering why your water bills are skyrocketing. It could be due to a small, undiscovered leak. After you repair these water leaks, you may rest assured that your water bill will be free of irregularities caused by a leak in a water line. 

    Furthermore, plumbing leaks can not only cost you a fortune but also cause harm to your water piping system. This means that failing to address the leaky pipe issue may result in more damage to your already existing pipes.


    Thermal imaging technology can aid in the detection of hidden problems within a property. It enables inspectors to locate missing insulation, concealed moisture, and other issues that can be spotted with a thermal imaging camera.

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