A house can have many deficiencies that cannot be seen by the naked eye. For example, a roof can leak and the water can enter the interior of the home, but not leave any evidence of the leak. And eventually the problem becomes massive, and after a lot of water damage the leak finally reveals itself. However, with the Infrared Thermal (IR) technology, we can now see some of those problems before there are any signs of the leak. The IR imager looks at the temperature changes on the surface materials of the house, and can see the evidence of moisture way before the naked eye. This is why we offer the service of a IR evaluation. We can scan your whole house with the infrared camera and look for signs of moisture intrusion, leaking roofs, plumbing leaks, malfunctioning or missing insulation, air infiltration, rodents, electrical connection issues, appliance or HVAC problems, and much more.
Let's say water is dripping on your ceiling from a roof leak, but there are no water stain. When the infrared camera is used, the camera picks up the difference in the surface temperature of the dry ceiling and the wet portion of the ceiling, which reveals the roof leak.
A small water stain (the dark portion of the IR image) on this ceiling, which was reported as an old stain from a pervious roof leak, was shown to be an ACTIVE leak on the roof.
The picture on the left shows no signs of a water leak, however when the infrared camera is used, a leaking drain line behind the wall was found.
After a strong rain, a leaking roof was found during this thermographic evaluation. There were no water stains or signs of a roof leak to the naked eye.
During this inspections, we noticed that a toilet was loose. After looking at the toilet and surrounding area, we found that the toilet was leaking, and water was getting under the floor.
During a home inspection, it was noted that there was a poor electrical connection at this breaker. Poor connections can cause arcing and overheating and can be a fire hazard in the electrical panel.
The HVAC units in this house was found to be leaking water all over the floor and subfloor.
During this home inspection, the home owner noticed water stains on the wall, but did not know where it was coming from. The thermal imager found that the window was the cause of the leak. The thermal camera was also useful in helping the home owner pin point the leak so repairs could be made.
During the home inspection, the signs of the wet carpet in the picture were not noticeable because the water was running under the carpet. Further inspection with the thermal camera showed that there was water coming into the room from behind the wall. The cause of the leak was the bathroom toilet on the other side of the wall that was leaking and was making its way into the bedroom under the carpet.
During the thermal evaluation of this house, a water leak was found in the wall of this home. The cause of the leak was a supply pipe that was routed in the attic that had become damaged.
During the inspections, the home inspector noticed that there was a small hole in the wall, and there was a few bee's coming out of the hole. A thermal evaluation of the wall revealed that there was a large bee hive hidden in the wall. Did you notice the solo bee that left the hive? (hint) look at the right picture, and find the small glowing dot.
A thermal evaluation can help you determine if your appliances are working.
During a home inspection, it was noted that there was no water coming out of a faucet. With the infrared camera, it was found that the supply piping in the house was blocked.