The electrical system can also be evaluated with Infrared Technology. In this picture the circuit breaker is reading as elevated compared to the surrounding items. With further investigation it was found to be a 15 amp breaker connected to a newly installed blower motor that was rated for 20 amps. Without Thermal Imaging this would have probably been undetected.
Thermal imaging can detect electrical issues where any component in the circuit may be failing or improperly installed or deteriorated. Electrical defects are a common cause of house fires and are often the result of older wiring deteriorating or new electrical work that was not done properly. Even hanging a picture can cause electrical issues.
WHY IS INFRARED THERMAL IMAGING SO VITAL TO YOUR HOME INSPECTION?
As human beings, we are limited to seeing light only in the visible spectrum called white light. This is the light that bounces off everyday objects whether that light is being emitted by our Sun or an artificial source such as a light bulb. Without assistance from technology, we are unable to see surface temperature variances, and it is the ability to see these variances that allows us to more-accurately identify potential, and immediate, problems in your home that would have otherwise been missed.
The unique aspect of seeing surface temperature variances is that such variances can be caused by issues that may lie below the surface of a floor, behind a wall, or above a ceiling - places that are "out of sight" and are thus out-of-mind. Also, surface temperature variances can be caused by airflow such as cold air seeping under a door or warm air leaking from central air ducts. The air itself changes the surface temperature of objects that come in contact with the air.
Surface temperatures can also be changed by living organisms such as mold, mildew and household pests. Because these organisms often thrive in places that cannot be seen by the naked eye (such as behind walls), the use of Infrared technology allows us to pinpoint exactly where a problem area is in your home without the need for any immediate invasive damage to the structure of your home.
Finally, thermal imaging technology allows us to more-accurately identify damage to your home's electrical systems. By being able to pinpoint "hot spots" in fuse boxes and household wiring, we can provide you and your electrician with detailed imagery that will help the electrician to identify defects and make repairs more quickly to save you money.
In short, Infrared technology is purposefully designed to provide you with a level of service that increases the speed by which many household problems can be identified, reduces the collateral damage required to fix those problems, increases the accuracy rate of correctly identifying problems, and helps you to catch small problems sooner so that don't become expensive or unmanageable problems that can affect your family's health or your financial well-being.
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Thermal Image Scanning
Patch Independent Home Inspections, LLC inspectors have completed advanace training and currently hold certifications as SIRI (Specialist--Infrared Residential Inspection) Advanced Certificate # 246ADV and a Thermography Level 1 Certificate # 246 from HomeSafe. HomeSafe trained inspectors provide the world's most advanced inspections.
What is Thermal Image Scanning? 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. The changes can be subtle or dramatic but with this incredible thermal image scanning technology the thermal signatures are detectable where they wouldn't be able to be seen with the naked eye.
What Thermal Imaging is NOT. It's not a Moisture Meter or X-Ray Vision or Super Tool or a Risk Eliminateor. It cannot detect moisture because the best it can do is detect thermal differences. The infrared imaging camera can identify suspect areas that require further investigation.
As new technologies are developed, they become available in areas of use far from what they were originally developed for. Thermal Imaging is one such technology. Originally developed for the military for finding enemy soldiers at night, it progressed to medical imaging, industrial testing and, finally, to the construction trades and building consultation.
A Home Inspector, equipped with a thermal imaging camera and properly trained in its use, can find suspect areas with a house that normal home inspectors cannot. These areas include:
- Water intrusion through the houses exterior covering, whether the house has brick, stucco or siding.
- Plumbing leaks inside the house, including leaking pipes, improperly seated toilets, leaky shower pans and bathtubs and water pipe condensation.
- Improperly insulated HVAC ducting that can cause condensation dripping in attics and crawlspaces.
- Improperly installed or insufficient insulation in ceilings and walls.
- Leaking roofs, skylights, roof vent piping and roof vents.
- Pest investation or insulation issues caused by such.
Central Ohio Ohio Certified Home Inspections
Independent Home Inspections, LLC
Serving Columbus and Central Ohio
Rick A. Harrington
13514 Falmouth Ave
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
(614) 768-1190 fax
Inside wall seen without the aid of Thermal Imaging
Thermal Image indicates same area in left picture requiring further investigation. Moisture readings on moisture meter were elevated. This lead to finding siding improperly installed on exterior.