Thermal Imaging Done Right
Bringing a new service to our clients requires an investment in equipment, training and development of reporting process. We’re thrilled that after more than a year in developing and testing, Home-Probe is introducing the technology of thermal imaging to our home inspections.
Here’s what you need to know to know if this is the right choice for you:
How does thermal imaging work?
- A thermal camera is a tool that reads the heat radiated from a surface because of its temperature.
- One of the most important concerns for home buyers is the potential for water leakage, and we use thermographic technology only as a screening tool for moisture problems.
- A thermographic imager cannot see into walls, and can’t even directly detect moisture. It does detect small surface temperature differences, which can be an indicator of moisture problems. (Note: the camera can detect surface temperature difference so small it will not be detectable by touch).
Can all leaks be detected with thermal imaging?
- When we suspect a moisture issue using thermal imaging camera, we confirm it with a moisture meter.
- As with any test method, a thermographic camera cannot detect a problem when the environmental conditions are not right at the time of the inspection. There are many limitations to a thermographic inspection, and the images need to be interpreted carefully. As with anything, we cannot eliminate risk, but we can better your odds.
What is the fee?
- We offer Thermal Imaging services for a flat fee of $265 with a standard home inspection.