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What is FLIR Thermal Imaging?

FLIR Thermal imaging is a non-invasive method of seeing what might be going on behind your walls.  The FLIR thermal imaging camera doesn't pick up moisture readings or cast an x-ray image.  What it does is it picks up temperature differences as little as .6 of a degree.  As an experienced Home Inspector trained on interpreting the information the camera provides me, I am able to see things like missing insulation, water intrusion and electrical overloads.  

How Does FLIR Thermal Imaging benefit you?

An infrared thermal imaging inspection can identify and document:

  • Energy loss and efficiency

  • Unknown plumbing leaks

  • Hidden roof leaks, before they cause serious damage

  • Electrical faults before they cause a fire

  • Overloaded and undersized circuits

  • Circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement

  • Missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation

  • Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors

  • Water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold

  • Possible rodent or pest infestation

  • Under fastening and/or missing framing members

  • Structural defects

  • Broken seals in double pane windows

  • Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems

  • Overheated equipment


Missing Insulation is a major concern within homes.  Did you know that by having just a few pieces of missing insulation is like leaving a window open.  Some attics have difficult sections to reach or see but they are no match for a FLIR Thermal Imaging camera.  Air gaps around windows and doors can let in a lot of cold air costing you money!

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Water Leaks is another major concern within homes.  Did you know that with todays modern building materials, you could have a leak in a ceiling or behind a wall and you wouldn't even know it.  So much of that moisture is absorbed into the surrounding insulation, drywall and wood that there could be no indication of a leak even existing.  Water has a different thermal mass than most other building materials, meaning that it takes longer to change its temperature therefore, by manipulating the houses environment, I can identify potential areas for water leaks.

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Electrical Overloads on circuit breakers, electrical panels, plugs and switches.  When a circuit is overloaded it creates heat, like the element on an stove.  While this is great for cooking, it's bad in your walls because enough heat can be generated to start a fire.  A failing circuit breaker will generate heat and can short circuit and cause a fire.  Thermal Imaging can also be used to confirm if electricity is working correctly, like in the image below of the heated floors.

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