Thermal imaging, or infrared scanning, is a hugely beneficial ad-on service that home inspectors do during home inspections.
Not only is infrared technology advanced and hi-tech, but it can show inspectors aspects of the home that are nearly impossible to see otherwise.
Here are five benefits of thermal imaging in home inspections.
1. Electrical Fault Detection
Thermal imaging detects temperature, and is especially helpful in detecting electrical faults because of this.
When electrical faults are building and an electrical circuit is being overloaded, the area becomes increasingly hot and can cause electrical fires. Infrared cameras can detect that the site has increased temperatures, and can catch the electrical fault before it is beyond repair.
2. Show Roofing Issues
While thermal imaging can’t show that there is a hole in the roof, it can detect that there is a different temperature in certain spots.
Oftentimes, if there is a hole in the roof or a leak, the thermal camera will show that there is a different temperature in that spot by showing up as a different color than the rest of the area. This can show inspectors that there may be water getting into that area or that heat is escaping.
3. Unveil Pest Infestations
Thermal imaging can also show the inspector that there is a pest problem. For example, if there are termites in the walls, the thermal camera may show that there is a change in temperature where they are located.
Thermal imaging can also show if there is damage from pests. If there have been rodents that have gotten in and made holes, the camera may show that there are cold spots where they have made holes!
4. Allows the Inspector to See Energy Efficiency
A huge benefit of a thermal scan of the home is that it gives the inspector the ability to determine the energy efficiency of the home.
They can see if certain areas of the home where there should be insulation are warm or cold. Windows and doorways can also be detected if they are letting heat out during the winter or cool air out during the summer.
This is important for people who are buying a home, because they can show the homeowner that their home is not energy-efficient and that they will need to replace these things. This can provide the buyer with collateral to negotiate a lower price based on the need for repairs and replacements.
5. Mold Problems Can be Caught
If the home that the buyer is looking at has a mold problem, thermal imaging can potentially tip off the inspector of this problem.
This is because mold is formed when an area is moist, and the moisture will usually show up as being colder than the rest of the area. This is a huge advantage of thermal imaging, because mold is very dangerous if it is able to spread, and can pose serious health dangers.