For most people, buying a home is one of the biggest financial investments of their lifetime. While, price point, location, interior and exterior finishing are the primary factors influencing would be buyers, it’s often what goes unseen that turns the dream home into a thing nightmare of made of.
For example; if the exterior walls of the house aren’t insulated, or if the rafters in the attic have rotted as a result of chronic wetness – these are things you will not be able to see when walking through your potential new home but during your first winter spent there it will not take you long to realize how uncomfortable the home temperature is and how high your hydro bill is. Or imagine, if those rafters in the attic become weak and sag and the roof collapses under the pressure of heavy snow. These and countless other issues can be identified only with proper inspection.
Avoid the risk, hire a proper certified and experienced home inspector to do the job for you. Certified home inspectors are trained to assess the structural integrity of the home, identify any areas or items with potential future risk that will require maintenance (i.e. furnace, roof, windows etc.). Providing you, the buyer the knowledge to make a fully informed decision.
How does thermal imaging work in Home inspection?
Every object produces infrared energy (radiation) and anything or any part of an object that is warmer, will produce more infrared radiation. A thermal imaging camera that is sensitive for radiation, collects all emitted radiations from every part of the object and create an electronic image based on the difference of radiations received. Cameras show each temperature with different colour and that helps us to identify the cold and warm part of any object.
In home inspection we look at the finished interior walls from inside the house to see if there are insulating missing in any area. Obviously, the colour of missing parts will contrast with the other parts. These cameras are sensitive enough to see the line between the sheets of insulations behind the walls. This is how we can check for water leak in the ceiling or walls as well. Wetness behind the wall will have different temperature and easily will be detected by camera.
Thermal imaging is one of the important parts of home inspection and I think without that the inspection is not completed. There for, unlike most of inspection companies, we always include this in our regular inspection routine at no extra charge.
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