Thermal Inspection San Antonio TX

What Are The Benefits Of Using This Technology?

The inspection involves the use of infrared cameras to take thermal images of the home.

Water Leak In bedroom wall

Water Leak bedroom wall

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Water Leak via Infrared

Moisture Detection in Walls and Ceilings – Thermal imaging use by Home Inspection San Antonio is a great tool that can be used to identify moisture in walls, floors, and ceilings. By looking at the temperature differentials in a thermal image, the ability to find a moisture issue is greatly increased during a limited visual home inspection. Thermal image scanning can also help to quantify areas of moisture damage caused by moisture intrusions in Stucco and EIFS wall systems.

Moisture = Mold – Whenever you have the presence of moisture for 72 hours or more, the risk for the presence of mold skyrockets. With the help of an infrared camera and moisture meters, we can quickly identify the presence or absence of moisture, thus helping to identify areas where mold may be present.

Water Leak under kitchen sink as seen by thermal imaging

Water leak kitchen sink

Water leak under kitchen sink

Water leak kitchen sink

Plumbing Inspections – A slow water leak can cause major damage if not detected in a timely manner. With a thermal scan in and around plumbing fixtures in the home, the source of water leaks can oftentimes be determined, which can really aide a professional plumber in the event repairs are needed. Once thermal anomalies are detected, we can then attempt to confirm the presence of moisture with a moisture meter. A thermal scan can significantly increase the odds of finding a plumbing issue that may not be detected with the naked eye.

Wood Destroying Insect Activity – In some instances wood destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat given off by active infestations of insects i.e. termites. By discovering the presence of invasive wood destroying insects the appropriate professional can be contacted to do a more thorough investigation and treatment as necessary.

Energy Audits – Currently we do not perform energy audits, but thermal imaging has been a great tool to help us determine areas that are missing insulation along with areas that may not be as air-tight as they should be like around duct work. By finding areas such as these we can help our clients save money by mitigating heating and cooling
losses and increasing the overall energy efficiency of the structure.

Flat Roof Inspections – Do you have a mid to new aged flat roof that has a leak and someone told you that you need a new roof? If so, call us first because we may be able to help pin-point the leak with our thermal camera and mark off the area for repair, which could save you a considerable amount of money. Obviously, if the roof is older it is probably best to bypass the thermal imaging and invest in a new roof.

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Electrical Panel

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Electrical panel via infrared

Electrical Inspections – Whenever electrical current travels through a circuit there is some heat that is generated, but sometimes there isan abnormal amount of heat that can be generated if there is too much resistance or current flow. With the use of thermal imaging, we can increase our chances of finding electrical components that may be overheating such as: breakers in electrical panels, outlets, switches, lights, etc. Overheating or hot spots can be an indication that a component may be going out or that there is a potential fire hazard. Thermal imaging helps us to discover hazards like these and can help us see things that we could not see with the naked eye, thus helping to mitigate risk.

Thermal Image Scanning is NOT:

MOISTURE METER – Thermal imaging is a great tool that detects thermal differences, not moisture. When a thermal anomaly is detected, we can then confirm the presence or absence of moisture with a moisture meter.

X-RAY VISION – Thermal imaging does NOT give us the ability to see behind objects or into wall cavities.

A SILVER BULLET – Thermal imaging is not then end-all, be-all answer and should not be considered “THE” answer that will solve all
the problems. It is however a great tool that helps us to identify thermal anomalies that can then be used to help identify issues.

A RISK ELIMINATOR – Just because we may be able to find an issue through a thermal scan, does not eliminate all risks associated with owning a piece of real estate. There is always a risk that there is something hidden and not visible that was not found in a limited visual home inspection.

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AC Pan Leak in the kitchen ceiling

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Missing insulation in great room

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Missing insulation interior of the home

 

 

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