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Hiring a certified thermal imaging inspector to come through your home with an infrared camera is one of the most interesting and revealing experiences a home owner 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 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!

What else can an infrared camera detect?

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 to 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.

Infrared thermal imaging in residential and commercial application

Infrared thermal imaging measures the surface temperature of a building using infrared cameras (still and video). Infrared thermal imaging devices record temperature variations of the building envelope, where whitish areas are warm and darkish areas are cool. In a building inspection, the infrared images can indicate where insulation is inadequate or simply poorly installed.

Infrared thermal imaging detects where warm air is escaping from your building

In 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 in the mechanical systems; and pockets of heat loss/air leakage that compromise energy efficiency.

Infrared thermal imaging can also scan roofs to detect roof leaks and other defective areas.

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 images properly.

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.

Performance issues in buildings may include:

  • 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 imaging reports allows homeowners to decide on retrofits and repairs

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 image inspections to be one an indispensable tool – and one that is unrivaled in residential and commercial application.

The benefits of performing infrared thermal imaging

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.

With Inch by Inch, a building inspection is 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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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.

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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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