Structural Issues Behind Finished Walls

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Not only am I able to detect problematic foundations, but I’m also able to view the framing members and structural components behind your finished walls. In order to do this, it’s crucial to have a temperature difference of at least ten degrees Fahrenheit between inside and outside temperatures. This difference of temperature allows me to thermally see the structural members through conduction of the exterior temperature. If there any concealed issues within the structural framing, it will show differences in thermal capacity, conductivity, and other intrinsic qualities on my camera screen.

Under the right conditions, any missing or improperly fastened studs and framing members, and portions of those structural components which are damaged or installed improperly (to the extent that their intrinsic qualities are significantly changed), can be obviously detected with thermal imaging. Now isn’t it fantastic to be able to actually observe the structure (temperature differentials) behind the walls and ceilings of your home, thereby exposing any concealed issues?

Call me today and I’ll slowly walk you through your home while you observe this amazing technology.


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This homeowner waited too long

rotted structure


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Infrared imaging will expose your wall cavities

detect studs and wiring

You can clearly see here that infrared (thermal) imaging will detect all wall construction (and insulation) behind your walls

detect wall studs



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I have had MassSave energy audits at my house in the past, but for some reason, there were still a few droughts that couldn't be identified. I am a real estate broker and have come to know the excellence and professionalism that Dave Valley brings to home inspections. When I learned that Dave also does thermal imaging audits, I thought that it would be a really good idea to hire him to do an infrared thermal imaging inspection. The findings from the thermal imaging inspection and the report that Dave created allowed me to see exactly what areas did not have insulation and this has enabled me to start tackling the remaining droughts in the house.

The major location where there was no insulation was on the flat roof above my roughly 400 square foot kitchen. All heat would just disappear through the flat roof above the kitchen. It was quite revealing and I never would have had this level of insight through thermal eyes without hiring Dave to do a thermal inspection with his infrared camera. Granted, it was difficult to follow up on Dave's recommendation "just rip out the kitchen ceiling and spray foam the entire roof and ridge line." I thought "ok, sure .. ugh!". I tackled this project though and thoroughly spray foamed the entire kitchen roof. The difference is incredibly measurable.

Now, to tackle several of the other locations identified in Dave's thermal imaging report. I highly recommend to hire Dave Valley to do a thermal imaging inspection and report for your home "prior" to doing an MassSave energy audit. The imaging report will help you immensely in pointing out your insulation needs and keeping the heat inside in winter and the cool inside in summer.

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