When you out house shopping, many things come to your mind. Things such as square feet, how many bathrooms, and how many bedrooms. Most people get carried away when it comes to purchasing a home that most people forget that a home inspection is very important.
While home inspections are important for one to do before a home is purchased, it is also useful to do even long after the home is already paid for.
Home inspections after time will reveal issues that were not noticeable before. Keep in mind, if you choose to get a home inspection done, there are still some that are not certified or qualified to perform a thermal imaging.
What is Thermal Imaging?
Thermal Imaging (TI) is the process in which one uses an infrared camera to examine both the interior and exterior of an object or surface.
Places such as ceilings, floors, and walls are great examples of some of the surfaces or objects that would be used when using thermal imaging.
This will help you to understand and see with your own eyes, exactly what is going on inside the walls of your home without having to break anything to look inside.
Thermal Imaging is most commonly used to detect the following things:
Cold Air Leaks
Leaking Skylights, Roof Vents, and Roof Vent Piping
Unevenness in Insulation, Improperly Installed Insulation.
Roof Leaks (within 24 to 48 hours of rain)
What Is Water Intrusion?
This happens when the siding and flashing has not been properly installed. Making raindrops end up behind the siding and soaking the main structure of the home.
This alone is very difficult for one to detect. Without an exterior sign it is almost impossible, unless thermal imaging is used.
Why Is It Hard To Detect Water Intrusion?
Although it may seem simple, water is very complex. Water can travel in so many different ways that it make water intrusion hard to detect. It can drip, run, and even evaporate.
This is when thermal imaging is needed. Without it, the source of water damage may never be found.
Other Benefits of Thermal Imaging
Apart from being able to detect where the main source of water damage is coming from, it is also used to determine where unwanted pests may reside. Pests such as ants and termites. Even mice can be detected with thermal imaging. When pests are spotted with thermal imaging, it lights up in a red color. Also known as a “hot” area. Even their tunnels can sometimes be spotted.
Other benefits of thermal imaging are:
Being able to detect bad electrical wiring and defects.
Air conditioning unit debris and clogs
Hot water throughout the home. (bathtub faucets leaking water)
Testing radiant heating installed in floors.
Remember, just because you found one problem does not mean that there are not anymore.
The Limitations of Thermal Imaging
Unfortunately, thermal imaging does not have the ability to see through walls. Although despite popular movies that give us the impression that it is possible.
Also, thermal imaging cannot give an accurate temperature of an item that reflects heat. This also goes for items that are in the direct sunlight.
Is It Worth It?
Recent studies suggest that 30% 1,428 Angie’s List members state that they had major issues later because of situations that were not found with the initial inspection.
So, whether you are purchasing your home for the first time or just want to be extra cautious, you should always hire a professional. This will help to save you not only tons of money, but will make you feel more secure in your decision the home you have chosen to raise your family in.
Don’t hire just any home inspector, hire one that is experienced and able to give you the proper inspection that is needed. After all, not all inspectors have thermal imaging.