Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspection

Infrared thermal imaging uses advanced technology to visualize facts to clients about their home purchase or current property that may not be visible to the naked eye. Additional inspection methods, such as infrared thermal imaging are an important compliment to a standard property inspection report. These methods allow for greater detail and insight into potential issues that may exist within the home. DeSoto Home Inspection Services, your Memphis thermal inspection professional, can provide you with the knowledge and information to not only be aware of the issues found during your home inspection, but act to resolve these issues.
Our goal is to provide you with a quality and professional interpretation of the infrared (IR) thermal imaging results so you can better decide on the course of action to take with your home purchase.

As your infrared thermal inspector, I will:

  • Explain the capacities of infrared imaging: Show to you, the client, potential moisture intrusion, unexpected hot spots, and energy loss that may be occurring within the home. This information can help you identify problems before they cause catastrophic structural damage, and help increase the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system.
  • Explain the limitations of a thermal inspection: This includes the fact that an infrared inspection, like any type of inspection, cannot predict future conditions. While true, the thermal imaging inspection can identify issues such as heat loss and moisture intrusion that could lead to serious future damage if not addressed properly.

For energy loss, an infrared thermal camera can detect:

  • air infiltration and heat loss in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
  • malfunctioning and/or damaged radiant heating systems;
  • under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; 
  • broken seals in double-paned windows.
  • air-conditioner compressor leaks.

For detecting moisture intrusion, an infrared thermal camera can locate:An Example of Issues Found Using Infrared Thermal Imaging from Memphis Tennessee Thermal Inspections.

  • plumbing leaks;
  • hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;
  • missing, damaged and/or wet insulation;
  • water and moisture intrusion that could lead to structural damage and mold.

An infrared thermal camera can locate hot spots in the home, including:

  • circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement;
  • overloaded and undersized circuits;
  • overheated electrical equipment and components; 
  • electrical faults before they cause a fire.

Additional conditions that inspectors may identify through thermal inspection:

  • possible pest infestation, through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;
  • the presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests detected because of their heat signature that the infrared camera captures; 
  • dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.

Comparative images for useful identificationHot Spots in a Breaker Panel as found using Infrared Thermal Imaging during a Southaven, MS thermal inspection.

Your DeSoto Home Inspection Services thermal inspection report will include side-by-side images of the area inspected to ease identification of where the issue is found. This allows you to see a normal visible light view of the inspected area, next to an infrared color image for easy review and identification. This is important so you have an accurate point of reference to the infrared image, allowing for easier planning for repairs of the affected area.

The importance of a trained thermal inspector

While the infrared thermal camera can show issues that may be visible in the results, it is important for the data that is displayed to be interpreted by a trained thermal inspector. Your DeSoto Home Inspection Services thermal inspector is trained to read and interpret the resulting data from the inspection, and help you prioritize the issues found during the inspection. Different areas may be calibrated for different sensitivities and baseline infrared values, as well as the location of the inspection. These values can determine whether an item is something in need of critical attention, such as electrical overloading and hot spots, or an item that simply needs to be checked for proper installation and operation. Your Memphis thermal inspector will help you to identify these potential problems and address them before they cause significant problems down the line.

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