Infrared thermography technology is often used in our home inspections because it can give clues to heating and air conditioning problems, moisture intrusion, overheating of electrical panels and outlets, insulation deficiencies, and much more.
Infrared cameras are designed to detect heat from the surface of objects. It takes some training and an expensive high-quality tool to be able to fully understand what the pictures are revealing. However, we feel that it is our responsibility to provide this service to our clients. There may be times that the camera will not reveal any anomalies because the ambient temperature does not have a wide enough change in temperature from a leak for example.
A picture is worth a thousand words and here are some examples to show how true this is.
This is what homeowners see.
This is what home inspectors see.
This is what we see with infrared. A cool spot and moisture.
Looks like a cozy room with a fan.
Looks like the same room.
No insulation in the dark spot - Not too cozy anymore.
Carpet looks old and green.
No problems with the carpet.
There's water on the carpet and it looks like Atwood's Home Inspection logo.