Thermal Inspections

Infrared Thermal Imaging

As an Infrared Certified Inspector, I am in an elite group of Texas Professional Real Estate Inspectors who are embracing the latest, most advanced technology available. By measuring the small temperature differences a trained thermographer can detect water/ plumbing leaks (potential affected mold areas), latent moisture in walls cause by various conditions, missing insulation, pest infestations, ductwork/ HVAC cabinet leaks (energy loss/ gain), and electrical hot spots that are outside of normal operating ranges which could be hazardous. An inspector without Infrared Thermal Imaging technology and training is at a great disadvantage and cannot provide a state-of-the-art inspection.

Thermal Imaging provides important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a residential building. Thermal Imaging detects extremely small but crucial differences in temperature from one surface of a house to another. These temperature differences show up on the camera’s screen, which reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection. Please click here to look at some images I have found with the Fluke TiR1 Thermal Imager.

John Mckenna, seen in the video below operates a sucessful Home Inspection company in Crocket, Texas and also is the instructor for the use of Thermal Imaging Cameras. To learn more about Infrared Thermal Inspections, watch the video below.


Areas where Infrared Thermal Imaging can detect what can not be see by normal vision. 

Faulty wiring, breakers and fuses
Hidden moisture intrusion
Loss of conditioned air at duct work
Roof and ceiling leaks
Foundation cracks

Heat/energy loss
Structural concerns
Missing insulation

Ventilation problems
Moisture associated with termite nests
Rats, mice in wall cavities

The incoming feeder wire had a loose connection and registered 248 degrees and a potential fire hazard!!

The insulation was beginning to melt!!!
To view a sample Infrared Thermal Imaging Report click here.

In order to complete a thorough Thermal Inspection certain things must be done. I have compiled a list of conditions that must exist in order for the Infrared Camera to operate efficiently and provide the maximum results.

Examples of infrared inspection applications:

Locate HVAC Problem Areas or Heat Loss
Loose, ill-fitting or disconnected heating, ventilation and cooling system fittings can lead to moisture issues and poor building airflow, as well as wasted energy and money. Early detection and correction of these issues using infrared technology should be priority. Most of these problems can be repaired with very little cost.

Check energy efficiency
Locate and address heating and cooling losses in residential, commercial and industrial buildings with ease and pinpoint accuracy. This will facilitate accurate repairs and can verify repair results.

Quickly locate areas of cost savings
There is no need to guess. Quickly locate areas where cost of repair is low and savings are maximized.

Verify proper systems operation
Infrared Inspection may be used to inspect and verify heating and cooling systems - for example to ensure the proper operation of radiant heating pipes located in the flooring to check for crimps in tubing and post-installation validation concerns.

Locate electrical problems

Issues with electrical connections, wiring or other system components are clearly highlighted as "hot spots" with infrared imagery - making them easy to locate and repair part of an ongoing restoration project or building addition.

Quickly diagnose building conditions
Buildings may be quickly and thoroughly scanned via infrared, identifying problem areas that can't be seen by the naked eye - ensuring the integrity of both structural and environmental systems for building inspection, repair verification and insurance purposes.

Easy non-invasive/non-destructive testing

Facilitate repairs quickly, easily and safely as infrared minimizes the need for building disassembly - for minimal repair time, labor costs and disturbance of habitants, as well as verification of a job well done.


Please look at some of the things I have found with my Thermal camera. Click Here.

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