Infrared Image Gallery 2

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This is an exterior wall with no insulation issues. The structural member locations are clearly visible (with infrared) from colder studs conducting onto the interior drywall.

insulated wall cavities

 

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During the colder months, a perfectly insulated wall will contain cold structural members (see image above). In this home, the studs are warmer than the cavities. This is clearly indicative of "no insulation" behind this particular wall.

wall missing insulation

 

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This is another home with the same situation...empty wall cavities. This uninsulated wall is equal to leaving your windows and doors wide open.

infrared detects missing insulation

 

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The attic cavity above this particular ceiling was not accessible. No openings were installed for my inspection. That don't stop me from investigating further. My infrared camera has no problem detecting a shoddy installation of insulation. The heat loss here would be significant.

ceiling insulation missing

 

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This lower ceiling surface looks good visually, but my thermal imaging camera detects an excessive void

skylight ceiling uninsulated

 

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This newly constructed home had insulation missing in this corner of the room.

wall insulation voids

 

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These outer ceiling cavities are allowing excessive cold air to enter living area

uninsulated ceiling cavities

 

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This wall looks fine until my infrared camera detects settled insulation

settled wall insulation

 

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My thermal imaging camera detects more settled insulation

wall insulation settled

 

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Infrared detects cold air infiltrating at lower left window framing and all outer floor cavities

window wall uninsulated

 

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A client inquired about ice damming on their roof. You can clearly see the voids at the rear portion of these two skylights. This void allows interior heat to escape and melt the snow on the roof above this area

ceiling skylight not insulated

skylight wall not insulated

 

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The soffit around this particular skylight contains recessed lighting that does not allow insulation contact (Non-IC lighting) per manufacturer. An upgrade to more expensive recessed light fixtures (allowing insulation contact - IC lighting) are no option, in order to properly insulate this type of ceiling cavity and prevent ice damming on the exterior roof edge.

skylight insulation voids

gaps in ceiling insulation

 

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The stud cavities around this window were obviously not insulated.

window wall not insulated

 

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Cathedral ceiling cavities are impossible to inspect visually, but thermal imaging has no limitations. My infrared camera detects missing insulation throughout one side of the gable. The heating bill here will be exorbitant.

cathedral uninsulated

 

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The cellulose insulation in these wall cavities has settled quite a bit

settled cellulose insulation

 

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More settled cellulose insulation. Infrared also detects heat piping behind this wall at the top right of IR image.

cellulose insulation settled

 

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My husband and I hired David to do an IR scan on a home that had radiant heat installed in the late 1950's. This type of heating system would not be able to be inspected as it was on a slab home. The IR scan performed by David had the ability to take pictures of the heating system through the IR scanning technology. David was able to see that the radiant heating system was not working property and that it needed to be replaced. If it wasn't for David, we would of never of known of the issues with the radiant heating system. I highly recommend his services for home inspections as the IR scan can also let you know what is behind walls (leaking pipes, improper insulation, etc.)

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