Thermal imaging can detect overheated electrical switches, panels, and more, which might not be caught by the unaided human eye alone. Thermal imaging detects moisture problems, many of which would not have been found without infrared thermographic technology. For example, thermal imaging can capture pictures of a leaking roof before it starts to leave water stains. As always, the earlier you catch a problem, the better your chances are of being able to take care of it before it becomes more severe.
The moisture intrusion caught by thermal imaging could have many sources, including pest infestations, leaky plumbing, condensation, and more. Infrared thermal imaging can also immediately identify areas of energy loss and air intrusions. It will be up to your home inspector to correctly read the images produced and to pinpoint the source of the problem, which will be explained to you both in person (if you are present for the inspection) and in your home inspection report.
Thermal imaging allows any home inspection to go that much deeper and to be far more comprehensive in scope. A home inspection consists of a visual inspection of the home’s accessible systems and components; thermal imaging technology provides an enormous benefit by expanding upon what your home inspector is able to discover about your property.
JOY Inspections offers home inspection services to Charlotte, NC area and is certified to use thermal imaging in home inspections.