Found your dream home? Now what?
Buying a home is a huge step and is the dream of many Americans.
Before you get too excited and start furniture shopping, you need to make sure that the property is worth all your hard-earned money and effort. How do you find out if there is anything to be aware of that could hinder the sale or cause you issues in the future?
One surefire way to do that is by calling in a home inspector to obtain a detailed home inspection report. Booking a professional home inspector and conducting an infrared inspection should be part of your home buying process. Not only does it help verify the property’s overall condition inside out and ensure your dream home meets building standards, but it also tells you whether it is safe to live in!
What is an infrared home inspection?
Why do all the great home inspectors rave about it? How different is it from your ordinary one?
To put it simply, an infrared home inspection uses infrared or thermal imaging that lets you see defects and potential problems often hidden or incapable of being viewed by our naked eye.
This is achieved by receiving data from the temperature or heat of an object radiates. Thermal imaging uses infrared radiation with a unique device called a thermal camera that acts as a heat sensor. A moisture meter will be used to verify the extent of the problem and the severity of the moisture ingress.
However, most people have some misconceptions about the concept of thermal imaging. So, what are its limitations?
- It is not an X-ray machine
- It does not see through walls, concrete, and glass
- It can only be used by trained professionals to interpret the infrared findings accurately
An advanced home inspector uses this technology to reveal common issues such as:
- Hot and cold spots
- Moisture, leaks, and mold
- Electrical problems
- Vermin and termite infestation
- Missing insulation, energy, or heat loss
- Structural concerns and cracks in the building
Next, we’ll go over few common issues revealed by the camera, which can save you some hidden headaches in the long run.
Ceiling and roofing leaks
Home inspectors use thermal imaging to find water and moisture infiltration within a building. Whether you’re looking to detect leaks in the attic, HVAC, or water heater, thermal imaging is a home inspector’s most trusting tool. As water typically gives up its heat slower than its surrounding roofing materials due to high thermal capacity, you can see if any areas have accumulated moisture with a single image!
When your inspector is imaging the walls to spot leaks at roof transition, drainpipe or even windows due to lack of structural flashing – the damp areas will show a different temperature, appearing brighter or darker compared to the dry areas (depending on the color palette setting on the camera). Infrared also works wonders in revealing exterior wall cladding issues such as water intrusion from EFIS failure or siding with no moisture barrier.
Faulty electrical system
Crucial issues like improper electrical wiring and GFCI electrical receptacles can also be revealed using this incredible tool.
Recognizing the cause of electrical problems swiftly and accurately will add massive value to a home, not to mention preventing injury!
Your inspector will show you the image with marks wherever there is destruction to electrical systems, making it easy to spot so you know what type of repair needs to be done.
Damaged electrical appliances
When scanning major appliances with the camera such as an electric water heater, range and oven, you will also spot differences in temperature and conductivity.
Air leakage around window and door frames? Curious about the heater performance of your boilers and heaters? Or maybe you want to find defects in your fridge and cool room insulation? Thermal imaging can handle all that and more.
A far too common issue when performing the energy efficiency inspection, missing insulation is the last thing you need on a freezing winter night.
Worry not. Your inspector can now easily detect areas of missing insulation, revealing hot or cold spots on your walls and ceiling using the same thermal imager.
This is one inspection you need to get right. Identifying this issue early lets you fix it before it becomes too expensive. Missing insulation can be detrimental to your energy bill. It can sometimes cause damage to your beautiful home if mold starts to grow where moisture forms.
Get a smooth home buying experience
To arrange a professional home inspector that is licensed and insured, speak to us today. We want to give you the peace of mind that you deserve and have all the information required at hand to make an informed decision.
Book your home inspection today.