What you should expect from your infrared home inspection?

An infrared (IR) camera is a versatile, lightweight and cutting-edge device that can enhance an inspector's understanding of a building's different systems and components. Its ability to read heat as color and then display that information in a way that's easily understood by homeowners and other clients makes the IR camera an increasingly important tool for inspectors to have in their equipment arsenal.

Infrared cameras translate the heat signatures of objects into colors on a gradient scale, with higher temperatures appearing as lighter colors, and lower temperatures and wet areas appearing as darker colors. Also known as thermal imaging and thermography, IR technology captures the light that exists just outside the visible spectrum.

Thermal images show surface-heat variations, which is why an IR camera is such a diverse tool for commercial and home inspectors that can be used for a variety of applications. Abnormally hot electrical components and connections can be viewed during an electrical inspection. Areas of moisture that may lead to leaks and structural damage can be located based on apparent temperature differences. Heat loss and air leakage in a building envelope, and even areas of insufficient insulation can be pinpointed quickly and accurately during an energy audit.

Infrared cameras detect small but critical changes in temperatures in different areas of the home. The variations of cold and hot spots reveal hidden problems that could have possibly gone unnoticed.

  • These issues may include:
  • Faulty wiring, breakers, and fuses
  • Hidden moisture intrusion
  • Moisture sources of mold
  • Pipe and ductwork leaks
  • Roof and ceiling leaks
  • Foundation cracks
  • Missing insulation
  • Ventilation problem

Infrared thermal imaging technology does not guarantee 100% accuracy. Conditions may change and cause the apparent temperatures revealed in thermal images to vary at any given time. Contact S&J Home Inspection at (803) 261-4768 to schedule a home inspection and see all infrared thermal imaging has to offer.