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Infrared Thermal Imaging For Home & Building Inspections in Toronto, Mississauga, Brampton & beyond!

Infrared thermography image showing lack of thermal insulation on HouseInfrared thermal imaging inspections for residential and commercial buildings check for issues you can’t see. 

Hiring a certified thermal imaging inspector to come through your home with an infrared thermal image camera is one of the most exciting and revealing experiences a homeowner could have! If you don’t know what’s happening behind your walls, then you should consider this option.

Thermal imaging cameras detect the heat that is being radiated off objects around your home. The main place a thermal imaging inspector will look at is your walls and ceilings. You will INSTANTLY see signs of missing insulation, areas where the air is leaking into your house around windows and doors, and anything else that should or shouldn’t be there… even the timber framework behind the wall!

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Thermographic Inspections 

Thermography is a non-invasive, technology-based method that allows residential and commercial building inspectors to quickly and accurately identify inefficiencies of a building including: 

  • Air Leakage
  • Insulation Defects 
  • Moisture Problems 
  • Roofing Problems 
  • Electrical Issues 
  • HVAC Problems & More

Thermographic inspections detect structural damage and other inefficiencies in buildings.

Thermography allows for detecting hidden issues inside the walls of your home or business, like water damage or mold growth, before they can cause significant damage. This kind of inspection relies on infrared cameras to detect temperature fluctuations in the surfaces of your walls, measuring temperate changes at close range. 

The Best Part? Results are immediate, precise, and unambiguous.

Benefits of Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspections

infrared thermal imaging inspection torontoHome and building inspectors can now see inside buildings faster and more efficiently with infrared thermal imaging technology. Infrared thermography is used to detect structural deficiencies and energy problems in homes and commercial areas. Combining infrared thermography with traditional visual inspection provides a more thorough and cost-effective inspection than ever before.

One of the most significant benefits of using infrared thermal imaging for your home or business is that it can detect temperature differences that indicate moisture. A temperature differential in a wall, floor, or ceiling indicates that moisture has penetrated the surface. This moisture may indicate water damage, or worse, structural damage such as rotted wood or termite infestation.

Inch by Inch Inspections offers thermal imaging services throughout the entire Greater Toronto Area. Whether it’s for energy efficiency or mechanical performance, we are the experts in inspection and analysis.

Using highly advanced thermal imaging equipment, our trained inspectors assess everything that’s behind the walls, ceilings, and floors – problems and issues that are otherwise missed. 

Building Envelope Inspection Can Detect

Infrared thermal imaging has been used to assess building envelopes for several years now. It is now commonly available as a service that helps home and building owners find issues that might be otherwise difficult or impossible to find. 

An infrared thermal imaging camera is used to scan a property for thermal leaks and energy loss. There are many essential aspects of a building that a building envelop inspection covers, including, but not limited to, insulation, rain penetration, ventilation, roofing, moisture, fire doors, water resistance, electrical shorts or faults, structural movement, thermal bridging and more.

Detect Insulation Issues

Infrared thermal imaging is not only a great way to locate air leakage in the building envelope, but it also offers one of the best ways to actually see how well your insulation is performing. You can see if there are hot or cold spots in your home, which might indicate that there is air movement through the structure. It is also the best way to determine if you have enough insulation in an attic or underfloor area. We suggest infrared thermal imaging as part of every home inspection.

Detects Air Infiltration and Exfiltration 

Air infiltration and exfiltration is a serious problem in many homes and commercial buildings. That’s because people and mechanical systems that consume energy, such as heating and cooling equipment, produce indoor air that contains moisture. As this moisture combines with pollutants such as dust, dander, and chemicals, such as those used to clean the building, it becomes even more unhealthy. If infiltration and exfiltration are not addressed, the building occupant’s health and the building structure itself can be at risk.

Infrared thermal imaging detects air infiltration and exfiltration using a camera to capture radiometric images of the building structure. These images can be analyzed for temperature differences caused by air leaks and air drafts to confirm air leakage into or out of the building structure. Air infiltration and exfiltration can cause mold growth, structural damage, increased energy consumption, and increased occupant discomfort due to poor air quality (high humidity).

Detects Signs Of Mold 

Signs of leaks or mold. If you have a leak in your home around a window, on the ceiling, or around wet areas, a certified thermal imaging inspector can help determine how far the water has spread without putting any holes in the wall! Or a leaky toilet or tub gasket that is slowly leaking into your ceiling below.

Residential and Commercial Building Inspections Toronto

infrared thermal imaging inspection torontoIn a comprehensive building inspection, infrared thermal imaging is essential for an accurate assessment. Professional energy auditors and home inspectors use infrared devices for either interior surveys or exterior surveys. The idea, of course, is to determine where warm air is escaping in the building envelope. This will pinpoint areas of the building that require retrofits.

Scans provided by infrared thermal imaging expose a variety of abnormalities in a building envelope. This might include irregularities in the electrical systems, performance issues, and pockets of heat loss/air leakage that compromise energy efficiency.

Residential Infrared Thermal Imaging Services

Infrared thermal images for residential properties can reveal hidden problems that may go undetected during a typical building inspection. Thermal imaging cameras can accurately identify a wide range of building envelope problems, including:

  • The Presence Of Air Leak 
  • Moisture
  • Water Damage
  • Mold
  • Structural Problems
  • Heat Loss Due To Home Energy Inefficiencies

The issue of moisture penetration into walls is becoming more of a concern in today's newly constructed homes. Structural damage is usually attributed to water penetration through the exterior envelope of the home. Thermal imaging cameras are used to identify defective construction, unsuitable insulation materials, improper installation of the HVAC system, and other building envelope issues. These problems can be expensive to remedy, resulting in increased energy costs for the homeowner/tenant. Infrared thermal imaging is widely used by industrial safety professionals.

Commercial Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspections 

Save time and money with infrared thermal imaging inspections of your commercial property. Our infrared thermal imaging inspectors can help you identify heat loss, moisture damage, and safety hazards.

While thermal imaging is critical in assessing energy efficiency, the technology is also ideal when purchasing a property and determining potential performance issues. Importantly, thermal imaging is not just about the photos and videos. Thermography is a specialized field and should be conducted by a qualified professional who understands how to interpret the thermal images correctly.

Infrared Thermal Imaging Devices

Thermal imaging cameras and infrared thermal imaging scans use infrared heat to check for issues in your home and commercial buildings that you can’t see. 

The infrared images taken by the device are used to analyze how effectively the heating and air conditioning systems are working. This temperature data is analyzed to determine thermal anomalies within the home. The data collected highlights issues like lack of insulation or poorly installed ductwork allowing air to leak out of the building. The images also detect hot or cold spots, which indicate areas that require additional work or maintenance.

Our infrared thermal imaging services can be used to create infrared animation videos that illustrate your findings for your clients.

Detecting Performance Issues With Infrared Thermal Imaging

Because thermal imaging is such an advanced technology, a building inspector can uncover and reveal far more than a conventional inspection. Imaging reports are detailed and precise. The inspection as a whole is comprehensive. And above all, the data results are actionable, making it very straightforward to proceed with the required repairs, retrofits, and remediation work. No other diagnostic equipment can compare with the depth and range of an infrared assessment.

Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspections Detect:

  • Heat Loss And Air Infiltration (Walls, Ceilings, Floors)
  • Underperforming/Malfunctioning Heating Systems
  • Structural Defects And Problems Causing Energy Loss
  • Moisture Intrusion, Plumbing Leaks, Hidden Roof Leaks
  • Missing, Damaged, Poorly Installed Thermal Insulation
  • Water Entrance Issues Around The Building Foundation
  • Overloaded Or Undersized Electrical Circuits/Systems
  • Overheated Electrical Equipment And/Or Components
  • Possible Pest Infestation Or Wood-Destroying Insects
  • Prevalence Of Rodents, Rats, Mice, And Larger Animals
  • Dangerous Chimney Leaks (Possible Carbon Monoxide)

Data From Infrared Thermal Imaging Reports

Likely the most vital aspect of an imaging report is the professional interpretation. The fact is, the results can serve to alert a building owner about necessary repairs or simply raise a red flag of caution. Either way, professionals in the business consider infrared thermal image inspections to be an indispensable tool that is unrivaled in residential and commercial applications.

Why Choose Inch By Inch 

We are certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and have undergone rigorous training. Our specialty is thermography which allows us to see thermal differences in the building envelope. This video-based technology measures surface temperatures by using infrared video and still cameras. The temperature readings are then processed into a visual display that shows temperature differences within the walls of the building. Our infrared inspections are non-invasive, and they allow us to determine if there are any issues in the building envelope.

Our consultants are all Certified Home Inspectors. Their knowledge of building science will help them determine the cause of any thermal anomalies they find during the inspection. If you are looking for thermal imaging camera inspections for homes or businesses, you should consider how infrared technology can help you make more informed decisions regarding your property.

The information infrared thermal imaging cameras provide allows home inspectors and building analysts to pinpoint small issues with a greater level of accuracy than ever before. From inspecting new homes to performing commercial building inspections, infrared thermal imaging services from Inch By Inch Inspections can be used to survey rooftops, attics, crawlspaces, basements, interior flooring, and exterior walls. Contact us today

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We also offer electrical thermal scanning services in Toronto and the surrounding area. We offer electrical thermal scan services for both residential and commercial properties of all sizes. Electrical thermal scanning is the key to providing a secure and safe environment for everyone.

With Inch by Inch, our inspections are comprehensive and wide-ranging, revealing much more than a conventional, run-of-the-mill inspection that may overlook potential future issues.  Contact us for your next infrared thermal imaging inspection at 416-826-7172, or fill out our form for a free quote on our website. 

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What Our Clients Say About Us

Hiring a construction contractor to renovate my house for the first time, I was not familiar with any of the DSS-related requirements.  So, it was quite reassuring to find someone like Tony who is trustworthy and knowledgeable. I also needed a quick turnaround for the completed DSS report and Tony delivered (on time, as promised).  In short, Tony was great to deal with. I would recommend him to anyone, anytime.   

Richard, Toronto

Tony did an excellent job with inspecting the house. He was very knowledgable in his field and thorough with his inspection. He carefully and patiently looked at both the exterior and interior of the building. He pointed out the deficiencies, what the risks are and how to rectify them. He answered all of our questions and made sure that we understood them. He offered his expertise and help if we needed.

Mandan

I have heard a lot of stories about home inspection but I could honestly say that I had a great experience. I would like to thank Tony from Inch by Inch Home Inspection for the great experience. A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Tony through my realtor. I want to thank Tony for taking the time to answer any questions and any concerns I had about my home inspection.

Teresa

Tony Muscat of Inch by Inch Inspections is extremely professional, caring and a prompt individual, when he heard we may have a mould problem he came immediately. Tony was worried with the level of mould that was contained in this recent purchased older home and he walked me through the process of getting rid of the mould and what dangers were involved. He paid the best attention to us, while we went through this horrible ordeal. The fact that impressed me the most was his vast amount of knowledge, and the dangers of each mould which there are many. He is extremely professional and equipped to handle any job. I would recommend Inch by Inch, (Tony) to anyone he is a concerned and serious individual, that cares about your family!!!!!!!

Debra

If it wasn't for Joe from Inch by Inch Healthy Homes coming into test the quality of the air in 3 condo's in our building we would have never known it was a gas leak from an outside BBQ which had been an ongoing problem for close to four years!!!!!!(the gas smell was going into the fresh air intake and then spreading through the 3 condo's!!!  Thank You!

Peggy

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