Thermographic Inspection

Inspec-Pro Home Inspection uses equipment that meets Canadian Government Standards (NMS 022713) for our thermographic inspections or, thermal imaging home inspections. We use a very specific protocol focused on identifying thermal anomalies, and our inspectors have been trained on the equipment and the protocol by leaders in thermographic training.

Reading the thermal images produced by an infrared camera during an inspection allows for quick and accurate identification of defects that may not always be immediately apparent to the naked eye.  Infrared imaging is especially useful when looking for air leaks, including insulation defects, during an energy audit because it allows the inspector to actually view the apparent temperatures in a given area. 

 

By purposely controlling the temperature and air pressure in the interior of a house, air can be forced inside through cracks and holes.  Using an infrared camera, the sources of these air leaks can be quickly located and visually documented.  Areas of insufficient insulation also become more apparent when viewed through an infrared camera and can be visually documented, as well.

 

Our infrared camera offers a non-invasive means of monitoring the condition of buildings providing on-site high-resolution thermal imagery, revealing potential structural and moisture issues as well as energy efficiency issues.

 

This specialty tool is used in every area of your home and can uncover in New or older built homes:

  • roof leaks

  • missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation

  • moisture intrusion that could lead to mold under floors

  • energy loss and efficiency

  • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors

  • unknown plumbing leaks

  • electrical issues, and more

 

How It Works

While there are other infrared tools available, such as spot radiometers and thermal line scanners, a thermal imaging camera is the most accurate device to use for energy-audit inspections.  The camera reads infrared radiation in order to express heat differences and temperature signatures. 

 

The camera sees light that is within the heat spectrum that exists just beyond the spectrum that can be seen with the naked eye.  Differing heat signatures are displayed in the camera's viewfinder as a gradient colour scheme, with hotter areas displayed as brighter colours, and cooler areas as darker colours.

IR - Showing loose connections in panel.
Without IR - Electric panel.
IR - Heat loss with in the attic.
Without IR - Attic.
IR - Pooch
Pooch
IR - Air infiltration
Without IR - Just a normal door.
IR - Missing Insulation.
Without IR - Unable to determine if insu
IR - Compressed insulation and moisture
Without IR - Nothing seems to be wrong.
IR - Air infiltration.
Without IR - Nothing to see here.
IR - Heat loss from the interior of the
Without IR - It appears to be just a ele
IR - Air exfiltration
Without IR - Beautiful design.
IR - Air exfiltration at the wall and so
Without IR - Beautiful design.
IR - Thermal bridging.
Without IR - Just a interior wall.

An inspector can view this information thermographic inspection in order to make observations and find defects.  By viewing the hottest and coldest areas, inspectors can collect valuable data about the building envelope.  Images taken with the IR camera can be included alongside digital photos of the same problem area in the inspection report.

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