Employing Thermography for the Inspections of Homes

Infra-red thermography is the detection and the measurement of the emitted thermal energy by use of infra-red detectors and infra-red digital cameras.

The images translate into a visible infra-red spectrum and in subsequently in a visible format.

This thermal image may further be interpreted to furnish a non-invasive and non-destructive means of identifying the building deficiencies and defects.

Over and above finding these issues, the infra-red home inspections is also useful for clearing and confirming that the previous diagnosed issues have been fixed properly.

Applications of the Infra-red Thermography

Water Intrusions

This entails the scanning of the interior surfaces of the buildings using an infra-red camera.

The aim is to expose the presence of excessive moisture which may often lead to the growth of molds. It may be caused by plumbing leaks, leaks around the windows, and the roof leaks, to mention but a few!

The wet portions of the building become cold whenever the energy is transferred at the time that the water is evaporating.

Therefore a wet area would more likely be easily noticeable during the scanning process.

Roof Leaks

Scanning the roof coverings may usually reveal the incursion of water and the accumulation of the moisture underneath the surface.

Due to the excellent thermal properties of water, it typically gives off excess heat at a comparatively slower pace than those of the surrounding environment.

Those areas which contain plenty of accumulated moisture are hence easier to detect while inspecting a roofing surface.

This kind of roof inspection is best carried out late in the evening after the thermal energy which was liberated during the day has been released or transferred.

Insulation Deficiencies

The presence of substantial differences in temperatures which may arise out of the variations in the transfer of thermal energy makes room for detection of the deficient or missing insulations when executing the scanning the wall surfaces and the ceiling.

Electrical Hotspots

Any deficiencies within the electrical systems may be seen visually by the use of the infra-red camera.

For instance, an incomplete connection between any electrical components may often give rise to resistance which may in turn exhibit seeming temperature increase as compared to other kinds of connections which operate under more or less similar conditions of load.

Structural Issues

The deficits in the thermal capacity, conductivity, and other fundamental qualities of the structural components of buildings may make room for their detections when scrutinizing the walls, ceilings, and floors using infra-red cameras and detectors.

Under ideal conditions, any missing structural components and the portions of the structural components which sustains any damages may be easily detected.

No one fancies surprises when it applies to their homes. This is especially so when there is a higher cost attached to these surprises.

Regardless of whether the person is a seller, a buyer or simply a complacent homeowner, thermography is able to offer adequate protection against all the above lingering problems and the accompanying costs.