Thermal Imaging for Home Inspections

Coles Inspections LLC offers residential thermal imaging for home inspections at no additional cost.  Adding thermal infrared to your home inspection provides a higher level of thoroughness you cannot get from other companies.  Using our high tech FlIR Infrared Camera, we are capable of inspecting residential real estate to find hidden defects that cannot be seen with the human eye. 

Moisture Detection

Thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identify water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. By detecting the difference in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a visual home inspection. It is also great at identifying areas where the insulation contractor failed to insulate adequately.

Plumbing Inspections

Water leaks from the plumbing system often leak undetected until major damage has occurred.  We can scan in, under, and around plumbing fixtures in the home to determine if there is active leaking going on.  Since this tool is not a moisture meter, we will use it to find heat anomalies and then pursue the issue further to attempt to determine the source and cause of the leak.

Thermal image scanning can detect temperature anomalies in the plumbing system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue.  The resulting thermal Image scan report can be a great aid for the repair plumber hired to address the identified issues.

Wood Destroying Insects

Significant wood destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat generated by active infestations. Active termite activity produces a great deal of heat that is often visible to the infrared camera. Minor activity may not be detectable but areas not normally visible to the naked eye can be identified, and then a more invasive or technically exhaustive inspection can be carried out by the appropriate professional.

Electrical Inspection

Loose or dirty electrical connections and other electrical anomalies can cause power outages and possible fires.  We can inspect the electrical panels and receptacles to detect issues before there is a costly defect. Thermal imaging can detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye, which may be a precursor to a larger issue.  The resulting report can be a great aid for the repair electrician hired to address the identified issues.

Abnormal heating associated with high resistance or excessive current flow is the main cause of many problems in electrical systems.  Infrared thermography allows us to see these invisible thermal signatures of impending damage before the damage occurs.  When current flows through an electric circuit, part of the electrical energy is converted into heat energy. This is normal. But, if there is an abnormally high resistance in the circuit, excessive heat is generated which is potentially damaging and even a fire risk.

Infrared electrical inspections find hot spots caused by defects in connections and components.  This can be corrected before a component fails or becomes a fire hazard.

Flat Roof Inspections

If you have a leak on a new to mid life flat roof and have been told that a new roof is required, then call us first, we may be able to save you a substantial amount of money. Thermal imaging can be used to detect the precise location of the leak and mark the affected area so that repairs can be made to the leaking area. Obviously, if the roof is older then you should forego the thermal imaging and invest in a new roof.

Energy Audits

Thermal imaging is a great tool to help homeowners save money.  Heat loss and/or cold air influx can be detected, and corrective actions can be taken to help improve the energy efficiency of your home.

We do not currently specialize in performing energy audits, but during a home inspection, we will highlight anomalies for further investigation.  Once the energy wasting areas are identified, then changes can be made to make a dramatic difference in energy consumption which means less money out of your pocket.

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