Infrared Thermography Inspection
An Infrared Inspection can offer additional Peace of Mind to the Home-Buyer
An Infrared Inspection is a non-contact diagnostic technology that makes visible the heat differences in the building envelope and components. Properly trained and supported technicians, called Certified Infrared Thermographers, use the Infrared Inspection to locate hidden defects and potential problems that a typical home inspection company cannot show. The Thermographer uses an infrared imaging and measurement camera to see and measure thermal energy emitted from an object. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible to the human eye. It is the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. The recorded difference in heat signatures shows the Thermographer problem areas such as moisture intrusion in walls, roofs, floors, ceilings or energy loss from improper insulation. Wet material retains heat and dry does not. It can also record hot spots in homes electrical system, such as defective breakers, switches, receptacles and wiring.
Home Infrared Inspections are fast becoming one of the quickest growing infrared technology applications. Infrared cameras used in home inspections, have been called the most significant advancement in home inspection since the flashlight. More and more home-owners are realizing the importance afforded them from an Infrared Inspection. Understand that infrared can show actual images of exactly where they need to spend money and resources, makes an Infrared Inspection very appealing to knowledgeable home owners and buyers. And more and more home-owners and buyers are becoming knowledgeable about infrared benefits.
An Infrared Inspection is not a substitute for a general inspection. Most defects in a home are not visible to the infrared camera. It still takes the trained eye of an experienced home inspector to identify the many problems in a home. The Infrared Inspection is an extra level of inspection that can provide additional information that would not be available in a general inspection. The cost of the Infrared Inspection, when included with the general inspection, is usually an added $200.00, depending on the size of the structure.
At All Florida Home Inspection, I am among an exclusive group of home inspectors that are trained to be an Infrared Thermographer. Any inspector can become a certified Thermographer. All required is the purchase of an infrared camera($8,000.00 – $30,000), take a 40 hr course of instruction from a recognized institution ($1,200.00), and pass a 3 hr exam.