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A Consumers Guide To Infrared Thermography

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A Consumer's Guide To Infrared Thermography

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Infrared Thermal Imaging 
Infrared imaging provides important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a residential building. Infrared detects extremely small but crucial differences in temperature from one area of a house to another. These temperature variations show up on the camera’s view screen as “cold” or “hot” spots, which reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection.

These problems may include:

  • Faulty wiring, breakers and fuses
  • Hidden moisture intrusion
  • The moisture sources of mold
  • Pipe and duct work leaks
  • Roof and ceiling leaks
  • Heat/energy loss
  • Structural concerns
  • Missing insulation
  • Ventilation problems
  • Moisture associated with termite nests
  • Rats, mice and other pests

Why Perform Infrared Home Inspections?
Combined with traditional home inspection techniques, the infrared inspection method reveals substantially more of the house than can be perceived by the naked eye and conventional inspection tools. Many things can't be be seen with only a flashlight.



Clint Miller
Real Estate Pipeline, Inc. - Missoula, MT

We used to use infrared devices to clean up project fires here in Montana...looking for hotspots and buried coals.  I guess it would work perfectly for this application as well...never even thought of it.

May 02, 2008 12:50 AM