What is a thermal inspection?
Thermal imaging is the use of infrared imaging and measurement to “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from an object. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of “heat” radiation and provides precise non-contact temperature measure capabilities resulting in the ability to see what our eyes cannot see.
Why should I have a Thermal Inspection?
- As stated above the camera can produce images we cannot see. So how is this useful? Below are some examples
- Moisture can be verified. The possibilities are endless on this one.
- Overheating of electrical breakers or wires in a panel.
- Wdo destroying insects or bug infestations can be verified in accessible and sometime non-accessible areas of structures.
- Flat roof inspections. Want to know where the leak really is?
- Bathroom leaks. Not always from pluming fixtures. The camera can reveal this in most cases.
- The list can go on and on. Thermal imaging is used in so many fields I could not possibly cover all of them.
What choices do I have with Thermal Inspection?A thermal inspection could be performed as a stand alone inspection. We do not recommend this unless you are aware of an issue(s) already and want verification. A thermal inspection is best performed with a Home Inspection. Why is this? The Inspector will be able to have a much better idea about some of the images that may show up with the camera. The Inspector will always want to try and verify any findings on the camera. Below are some of the services we offer with Thermal Imaging.
- Interior Wall, Floor, and Ceiling Scan.
- Exterior Wall Scan (eif scans not offered at this time)
- Wood Destroying Insect Scan
- Flat Roof Thermal Scan
- Residential Electrical System Thermal Scan
What are the advantages and disadvantages with a Thermal Inspection?
- The method is quick
- The method is a non-intrusive means of investigation
- The method does not require relocation of the occupants
- The method features an illustrative visual presentation of finding
- The method confirms moisture migration paths
- The method only detects surface temperature differentials and can not see through walls.
The method can not detect subsurface damage, i.e. mold or structural damage
What Thermal Imaging Is Not
- The camera is not a moisture meter. It simply identifies thermal anomalies. The camera greatly aids in areas that need further evaluation.
- The camera is not night vision or x-ray vision. It does not provide the ability to see clearly into wall areas. It simply identifies thermal anomalies which in turn helps to identify items that we would not see in a normal visual home inspection.
- What are the fees for a Thermal Inspection?
The fee depends on your needs. The most cost effective would be with a home Inspection. We can also perform Thermal scans on an hourly fee.
About your Inspector -(TOM PITTMAN)
- Level 1 certified thermographer through ITC (infrared training center) this mean he has attended and passed and of the training courses for level 1 certification.
- Oregon certified home inspector # 309
- Certified senior home inspector and commercial building inspector through A.I.I. (American institute of inspectors) Tom will some be certified as a Master inspector through A.I.I.
- General contractor (state of Oregon) # 79576
- Licensed Pest Control Operator (Oregon dept of agriculture) # 000674
- Lots of construction back round. From building new homes to additions and compliance work.