What is Infrared or Thermal Imaging to You?

Home Inspector with WE Home Inspections, Inc. - Serving Oviedo & Central FL

Infrared logoThermal Imaging or IR or Infrared are different titles for the same process.  The Infrared spectrum of light is just outside of human range and paradoxically provides more "sight" than any human could hope for.  Utilizing the density and reflectiveness of materials, IR combines temperature differences with standards for heat transfer to calculate and the visually represent the thermal heat images of most materials. Front of house at night

Wow that sounds neat! But what does that mean for the realtor and consumer?  If knowledge is power than thermal imaging is currently the most important tool in the industry.  I talk a lot about disclosure and the fact that knowledge of a property far exceeds the condition of the property.  You can fix a roof, or a leak, but repairing a relationship is much more difficult and many times more costly.

Thermal imaging saves everyone time and money.  One scan of a house gives the realtor the knowledge of what needs to be disclosed.  In the lucky event that no defects are found, the confidence in that property is much higher than the one that has been looked at by a dozen inspectors without the benefit of an IR camera. In the event that you find multiple defects, you now have the power of disclosure.  Force the homeowner to make the repairs or quit wasting you and your client's time.  There is plenty of supply out there.  Worried about how that foreclosure has decayed while sitting for more than 12 months?   If you combine an InterNACHI inspection agreement with the accuracy and insight that IR provides, then you havcircuit panel with hot breakerse almost eliminated your liability all together.

Ultimately the person that benefits the most is the client.  Never before have inspectors been able to examine and identify potential problems with this kind of accuracy.  The piece of mind and surety that comes with an infrared inspection is second to none.  It's not "X-ray" vision but it certainly allows me to "see" through walls.  Identifying water intrusion and leaks, finding electrical hot spots, scanning condenser units for irregular fluid flow, and discovering energy leaks and deficiencies are just a few of the advantages.  A great video on the advantages to the consumer can be found here.

If you are looking for the most comprehensive inspection possible, then make sure that your inspector is certified and carries an infrared camera.infrared camera

Can you see what I see?

Moisture Damage behind ceiling and wall


Steve Edmonds




Comments (7)

David Salvato
David Home Inspection Service Home Inspector San Bernardino - Los Angeles, CA

Hi Steve great introduction to IRTI we also offer this service here in the Los Angeles County area as part of our upgraded home inspection services. I am finding that more and more customers are asking for the upgrade as they become more educated on the benefits of thermal Imaging. I am a firm bielever that this should be part of the Standards Of Practice for all home inspections.

Thanks for the post...My I re-blog

Sep 17, 2009 03:46 AM
Steve Edmonds
WE Home Inspections, Inc. - Serving Oviedo & Central FL - Oviedo, FL

Thanks David!

I think we will see organizations like NACHI moving toward inclusion for the SOP.  It really does elevate the accuracy beyond what any "normal" inspector can provide.

Of course you may re-blog.  Thanks again.

Sep 17, 2009 04:06 AM
Certified Home Inspector

having good questions to the home inspector will provide you the best home inspector so you shoud check the certificates of the home inspector and you should check his experience in this field..

Oct 22, 2009 12:33 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

There's no demand out here for thermal imaging yet, just like there is no demand for mold or radon testing. In nine years of business, I've maybe had three requests for mold testing, none for radon testing, and non for thermal imaging.

Happy New Year!

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Jan 26, 2010 07:16 PM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

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Feb 07, 2010 11:49 AM
Steve Edmonds
WE Home Inspections, Inc. - Serving Oviedo & Central FL - Oviedo, FL


I have incorporated Thermal Imaging nicely into my business.  It has made the difference serveral times when potential clients are trying to decide between me and my competition.  There is not much Radon testing down here, but we have plenty of mold.  I do air quality tests all the time.  Hope all is well in San Diego.

Feb 10, 2010 12:55 AM

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