Many of you have heard of Thermal Imaging or Infrared. It has been used in the health care field to find certain abnormalities in the body and most recently in law enforcement to track and find people or animals. Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show homeowners things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports generated for standard home inspections. For something as specialized as a thermal imaging inspection, it’s critical that the information an inspector presents meets your needs, that you can use and act on. PRO1 IS A CERTIFIED INFRARED INSPECTOR In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect: 1. Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; 2. Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems; 3. Air-conditioner compressor leaks; 4. Under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and 5. Broken seals in double-paned windows. In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate: 1. Plumbing leaks; 2. Hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage; 3. Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and 4. Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold. IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including: 1. Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement; 2. Overloaded and undersized circuits; 3. Overheated electrical equipment and components; and 4. Electrical faults before they cause a fire. Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate: 1. Possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects; 2. The presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents. Thermal Imaging has become a critical factor in home and business inspections due to the fact that it can detect moisture leaks that may be intruding into the living space of a home which can cause mold that can lead to health problems, it may detect areas where heat may be escapiing that can affect your monthly energy bill. Knowing this information allows the seller, homeowner or buyer to act and make corrections before there is a potential for disaster.
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Many of you have heard of Thermal Imaging or Infrared. It has been used in the health care field to find certain abnormalities in the body and most recently in law enforcement to track and find people or animals. Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non- invasive technology that allows the inspector to show homeowners things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports generated for standard home inspections. For something as specialized as a thermal imaging inspection, it’s critical that the information an inspector presents meets your needs for information you can use and act on. Some of the items a Thermal Inspection can reveal are: In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect: 1. Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; 2. Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems; 3. Air-conditioner compressor leaks; 4. Under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and 5. Broken seals in double-paned windows. In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate: 1. Plumbing leaks; 2. Hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage; 3. Missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and 4. Water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold. IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including: 1. Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement; 2. Overloaded and undersized circuits; 3. Overheated electrical equipment and components; and 4. Electrical faults before they cause a fire. PRO1   IS   A   CERTIFIED   INFRARED INSPECTOR Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate: 1. Possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects; 2. The presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat 3. signature that the IR camera captures; and 4. dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to c a r b o n m o n o x i d e p o i s o n i n g of the home’s residents. Thermal Imaging has become a critical factor in home and business inspections due to the fact that it can detect moisture leaks that may be intruding into the living space of a home which can cause mold that can lead to health problems, it may detect areas where heat may be escapiing that can affect your monthly energy bill. Knowing this information allows the seller, homeowner or buyer to act and make corrections before there is a potential for disaster.
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