Frequently Asked Questions
Can thermal imaging (infrared) cameras see right through the walls in my home?
Absolutely not. Although it does appear as if you are looking directly at components within the wall cavity, but what you are actually seeing are the temperature differentials on the surface of the wall due to material or moisture conducting its temperatures directly onto the wall that is being scanned. And...infrared camera’s can not see through clothing or windows either.
Is infrared Thermography safe?
Yes. It is non-invasive and does not require removing materials (your ceilings, walls, floors, etc.) in order to detect concealed issues.
How does infrared Thermography detect moisture?
As moisture evaporates, it creates a cooling effect similar to getting out of the shower and standing under a fan. This cooling effect is clearly displayed on my infrared camera's monitor. I then interpret the readings of this cooling effect directly to you (my client).
Does your infrared camera detect the presence of mold, termites or any other household invaders?
My infrared camera does not detect the presence of mold or insects. It can however be used to look for areas that retain moisture and therefore leave a different heat pattern (signature) than the surrounding environment. Since mold usually builds up in areas where above average moisture resides, and concentrations of insects are usually only indicated as a heated area. Infrared cameras can absolutely be used to pinpoint suspect areas for mold buildup or insect infestations.
Where can thermal imaging be used (in my home) for Predictive and Preventative maintenance?
There is no perfect building out there and many will have issues that are unknown to the occupants, until I get there. I will always detect something (whether it be minor or major) by performing a preventative and predictive maintenance scan. I'm simply going to show you how these issues can be corrected. I've performed many infrared scans and actually detected issues before they become apparent dangers. The most typical infrared applications will detect hidden structural issues, hidden moisture intrusion, unknown electrical faults, and heating and energy issues. Get me in your building, I'll locate something.
Will the infrared camera work in total darkness?
Absolutely. Lighting is not required when I'm scanning your building. My infrared camera operates solely utilizing heat information and most objects will present a different thermal signature to their surroundings. I can be placed in a room with total darkness, and your infrared results will not be impeded.
How long does an infrared inspection usually take ?
An average size home (2,000 square feet) can be scanned in approximately 1 hour. It will then take me 2 hours to generate the professional IR report at my office. These times may vary depending on the size, age and condition of the home being inspected and how many images that are required to identify every issue within a particular home.
Should a newly constructed home be inspected?
Absolutely! I highly recommend that you get me in there and I'll locate inefficiencies somewhere in that building. New homes simply do not guarantee perfection. I've performed IR scans on many newly constructed homes and I have not found a perfect home yet. Their will be issues no matter what, but we want to know to what extent. My thermal imaging camera will determine that. Locate those issues now, before you close on escrow or before your warranty expires and eliminate any problems that are not visible to the naked eye.
Can I accompany the Thermographer during the inspection?
Absolutely. I always strongly recommend that you walk right alongside me. I will point out the areas in question, show you my IR monitor and give you options on how it can be properly corrected. Also, feel free to ask me any questions that you may have. This will assist you in obtaining the most benefit from the infrared inspection and you will gain the most understanding of the many systems that make up your home.
What is included in the report?
You will receive a comprehensive report with an inventory of all scanned images. It will provide in clear written detail all the thermal anomalies that I have detected, as well as recommendations for repair.
Do I get a tax break for having an inspection?
Tax incentives change and are revised annually depending on the age of your home and other qualifiers. To see if you qualify...GO HERE
Why should I have my home inspected with an infrared camera?
You're home is most likely going to be the largest investment you're going to make in your lifetime. While living in this home, you want to know (up front) where hidden defects are lurking. If hidden defects (such as faulty wiring) go unattended too long or too late, the expense of having it repaired could be exorbitant. Also, thermal deficiencies that are corrected now, will more than likely pay for themselves within the first couple years of repair. So keep your home comfortable and safe while protecting your investment. Get an infrared scan today.
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