THERMAL IMAGING INSPECTIONS
What is Infrared Thermal Imaging?
Infrared thermal imaging uses infrared technology to detect very small differences in temperature. Every material has a unique thermal signature and when moisture, heat, cold, or wood destroying insects are introduced into the structure the thermal signature changes. These subtle or dramatic thermal signature changes become detectable with this incredible technology. Thermal image scanning technology is now commonly used to evaluate residential and commercial structures. As a non-invasive inspection tool it can quickly help discern where there are suspected issues, helping to limit the areas where time-consuming evaluation and destructive discovery is needed.
WHAT THERMAL IMAGE SCANNING IS NOT
The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT a moisture meter. It simply identifies thermal anomalies. This device greatly aids in identifying areas that need further investigation.
The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT an X-ray vision scope. It does not provide the user with an immediate Superman S on their chest with the ability to clearly see inside walls. Instead, it identifies thermal differences.
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The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT a silver bullet solution, but when it is used in conjunction with other technologies thermal imaging can help to identify issues rarely identified during a visual home inspection.
The infrared thermal imaging camera does NOT completely remove the risks of concealed damage.
Please note that it is deceptive to claim that thermal imaging detects moisture because the best that it can do is detect thermal differences. The infrared camera can be used to help discover moisture issues by identifying anomalies allowing the inspector to then use moisture meters and other diagnostic tools to identify the source of the anomaly.
Moisture equals mold!
Moisture equals mold. Whenever a leak and moist conditions exists longer than 72 hours, mold can form. This fact is a reality and the infrared camera can quickly, and in a non-invasive manner, help identify these issues. However, the infrared camera can only identify the heat signatures, not measure the moisture content.
When moisture intrusion is located and corrected then further structure deterioration and widespread growth of mold can also be stopped. Although thermal imaging inspections can be expensive, they greatly help in the detection of structurally damaging leaks, which can lead to higher repair costs, if the leak goes on undetected. When detected early, structural repairs and any needed mold remediation are significantly less costly.