Infrared Building Scanning

Take your Inspection to the Next Level-Order Thermal Scanning and see So Much More!

During my career in the Fire Services, we welcomed the introduction of Infrared Cameras to aid us in finding people inside smoke-filled buildings. We also used larger cameras to find people lost in the snow, or out on frozen lakes in winter.

In the home inspection business, we’ve learned the invaluable nature of infrared scanning when inspecting buildings for potential issues. To be clear: Infrared cameras interpret only the infrared band of energy emitted by all sources of heat. These aren’t X-rays; it doesn’t see ‘through’ anything. But it DOES see a wide range of things that are important for building owners to know and understand.

Things that impact on a building and are detectable by an IR camera;

  • Early signs of water leaks in walls, ceilings and floors;
  • Heating and cooling leaks in ductwork where the escaping air is impacting on a nearby surface;
  • Many types of insulation-related issues-old, missing, animal-damaged, wet
  • Condensation damage in walls and ceilings from moisture inside the building by insufficient vapour barriers behind walls and ceilings;
  • Detecting the precursors of mold damage in the form of residual moisture at levels that allow mold growth;
  • Electrical conditions that create improper amounts of heat at connections, fixtures and along wire runs;
  • Evidence of evaporation of moisture coming from behind walls, floors and ceilings. Sources of evaporation include water intrusion from outside, plumbing leaks and condensation from insufficient insulation around HVAC ductwork and air conditioning system components;
  • Air intrusion into the building envelope creating heat loss and heat gain.

So, if you’re really interested in finding out more about your investment or your potential investment and want to take it to the next level in terms of what you can learn about the state of your building, have us perform a thermal imaging scan in conjunction with our Full Service Home Inspection. You’ll be glad you did.

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You see a typical wall and window with good paint and nice looking trim.

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With our infrared camera, we can clearly see the dark area which indicates an area of cold that needs to be further investigated for possible air intrusion or missing insulation.

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