All objects whose temperatures are above absolute zero (–459.67 degrees Fahrenheit) emit infrared radiation. Infrared thermal imaging uses a specialized camera to create images from infrared radiation (heat) instead of visible light. Thus, thermal imaging allows us to see differentials in temperature that are invisible to the naked eye.
A Thermal Imaging Inspection performed on an average home is $250.00
Thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identify water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. By reading the difference in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas, thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a limited visual home inspection. It is also great at identifying areas where the insulation contractor failed to insulate adequately.
Water leaks from the plumbing system often remain undetected until major damage has occurred.
Thermal image scanning can detect temperature anomalies in the plumbing system unseen to the naked eye. These may develop into a larger issue. The resulting Thermal Image Scan report can be a great aid to address the issues.
Significant wood-destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat generated by active infestations.
Active termite activity produces a great deal of heat that is often visible to the infrared camera. However, minor activity may not be detectable. But it can identify areas not normally visible to the naked eye. Consequently, hire a professional who can carry out a more invasive or technically exhaustive inspection.
Loose or dirty electrical connections and other electrical anomalies can cause power outages and possible fires. We can inspect the electrical panels and receptacles to detect issues before there is a costly outage. Thermal imaging can detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting report can be a great aid for the repair electrician to address the issues.
Abnormal heating, with high resistance or excessive current flow, is the main cause of many problems in electrical systems. Infrared thermography allows us to see these invisible thermal signatures of impending damage before the damage occurs. When current flows through an electric circuit, part of the electrical energy is converted into heat energy. This is normal. But, if there is abnormally high resistance in the circuit or abnormally high current flow, it can generate abnormally high heat, which is wasteful, potentially damaging, and not normal.
Infrared electrical inspections find hot spots caused by defects in connections and components. Infrared thermography finds areas of excess heat (caused by increased resistance) so that problems can be corrected before a component fails, causing damage to the component, creating safety hazards and productivity loss. Because increased heating is a sign of failure, infrared is the best diagnostic tool available for finding these hot connections in the early stages of degeneration.
**According to InterNACHI®, thermal imaging is, "The practice of recording thermal images using an infrared camera, which can detect radiation beyond the visible spectrum and record light-gradient images representing varying temperatures in enclosed spaces that may indicate electrical hot spots, moisture intrusion, heat loss, insufficient insulation, etc. Also called infrared thermography."