How Can You See Extreme Exterior Door Inefficiency?

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Home Inspector with Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC 3380-000723

How can you see extreme door inefficiency?

You can feel it.

You can understand it.

But how can you see it?

With a thermal camera, of course!

And who better but Mighty Mo?

This is a panorama of two thermal images stitched together to show an exterior door front on.

It was so poorly fitted into the framing air could be felt at the top left corner and all along the bottom.

You can see the colder air by looking at the dark blue on the left side and bottom.  In the ceiling over the door weakly-placed insulation can also be seen.

The stitching makes the door look a little bowed on the right side, but that is just how the images were put together.

Look at this!

From the side you can virtually see the temperature gradients as the blowing air makes its way into the room!

How cold is that air?  Slightly over 46F!

THAT will influence a room!

This door needs to be properly installed!  This is a new condo and the buyer has not lived here yet.  If that door is not fitted into the framing it will influence that entire room summer and winter.

My recommendation:  check out your new house before buying!  Hire a bulldog home inspector, preferably one with a thermal camera.  It is amazing how many things can be found in new construction with a thermal camera!  Don't believe the words that you don't need a private inspection - a good one is essential!  And if I was you I would insist on Jay Markanich...!  He's a good guy!

 

 

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Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

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Rainmaker
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com - Monroe, NY
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Hire a bulldog home inspector with a Mighty Mo attached! Love it!

Jan 31, 2018 03:15 AM #1
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Sham Reddy
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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Thermal cameras are life saving & deal saving!!!

It is amazing how many things can be found in new construction with a thermal camera!  Don't believe the words that you don't need a private inspection - a good one is essential!  

Jan 31, 2018 03:50 AM #2
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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
MOOERS REALTY - Houlton, ME
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Heat loss, or cooling inefficiencies are a loose house lifestyle that is expensive. But your imagery helps drive home the point on what you feel but can not see until this blog post. Thanks Jay Markanich  for the very worthwhile read.

Jan 31, 2018 03:58 AM #3
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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You wouldn't think that thermal cameras would be such a rarity in the frozen north...maybe they froze...rarely see them !

Jan 31, 2018 06:02 AM #4
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Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

That's terrible... I see a lot of torn weatherstripping from animals claws or missing all together. Images like yours is startling to our clients! 

Jan 31, 2018 06:30 AM #5
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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We have a 1960's ranch style home where we just put in expensive replacement windows. We are looking now for other upgrades and thermal imaging wouod help us make new decisions.

Jan 31, 2018 07:37 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Kat - MM isn't attached to me, but he might as well be!

Sham - I can point you to a couple of listing agents who would disagree that it saves deals...

Andrew - here you can't see the air but you can feel it.  When I stick something into an electrical outlet I can't see the electricity but I can feel it!  That's what you mean, right?  Obviously I'm being silly.  Thermal imaging really brings things to life.

S&D - for years I have been saying that in a couple of years all home inspections would come with thermal imaging, and for years I have been wrong.

 

Jan 31, 2018 01:08 PM #7
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
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Fred - replaced 4' of weather stripping on our door to the back deck.  4' is as high as the dog can reach, with those claws...  The airflow there was startling too!

Joe - it produces a pretty definitive result!  Choose a palette that brings your problems to life, like I did above.

 

Jan 31, 2018 01:10 PM #8
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These are very pretty for pictures but NOT what we want to see in our homes. Thanks for reminding us of the impprtance of using a thermal camera on our inspections and especially on new construction.

Feb 03, 2018 09:29 PM #9
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
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Thanks Margaret.  And  you're right - thermal cameras give us lots of information!  New homes and old.

I like the new photo!

Feb 04, 2018 11:21 AM #10
Rainmaker
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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
Keller Williams 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
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Ruff ! Ruff !  Bulldogs should be required especially in our climate...thermal cameras for some reason are not the order of the day here.

Feb 16, 2018 04:26 AM #11
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Jay Markanich
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There are a lot of reasons S&D!  Good ones are expensive and the training is quite expensive too!

Feb 16, 2018 04:30 AM #12
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