Our infrared thermal inspection services:

Residential

  • Thermal scans (with home inspection or stand-alone)
  • Forensic / diagnostic inspections for problem determination

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With Infrared Imaging, we’re able to see what other Charlotte home inspectors can NOT!!

  • Potential internal problems
  • Moisture (which can lead to the development of mold)
  • HVAC duct work leaks
  • Displaced and/or missing insulation
  • Plumbing and roof leaks
  • Electrical hot spots that can lead to house fires if not corrected
  • Heat loss and cold air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, doors, and windows

We’re able to provide you with a more thorough home inspection when buying or selling your home. We’re also able to save you money by accurately identifying the source(s) of any underlying issues (eliminating any destructive work to find the source), and determine any areas that could be more energy efficient within your home.

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We See Things That Others Cannot… Infrared Thermal Imaging (ITI) is a non-invasive, non-destructive way of evaluating conditions below the surface. This allows us to detect small, but crucial differences in temperature throughout the house within the building materials. Infrared Thermal Imaging allows us to locate moisture behind the walls, beneath the floors and above the ceilings. Moisture often leads to mold growth inside your home

What is Thermal Image Scanning?

Thermal imaging uses infrared technology to detect very small differences in temperature. Every material has a unique thermal signature and when moisture, heat, cold, or wood destroying insects are introduced into the structure the thermal signature changes. The changes can be subtle or dramatic but with this incredible thermal image scanning technology the thermal signatures are detectable where they would not be able to be seen with the naked eye. Thermal image scanning technology is now being used to evaluate residential and commercial structures. As a non-invasive testing tool it can quickly help discern where there are suspected issues. This can help to limit the areas where time consuming further evaluation and destructive discovery is needed.

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Moisture equals mold!

Moisture equals mold. Whenever a leak and moist conditions exists longer than 72 hours, then mold can form. This fact is a reality and the infrared camera can quickly, and in a non-invasive manner, help identify these issues. But remember, the infrared camera identifies the heat signatures and does not measure the moisture content.

How can this technology be useful?

Moisture Detection in Walls and Ceilings – As demonstrated above, thermal imaging is a great tool that helps to identifying water damage in walls, floors, and ceilings. By detecting the difference in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a limited visual home inspection. It is also great at identifying areas where the insulation contractor failed to insulate adequately.

Stucco & EIFS Inspections – Thermal image scanning has greatly improved our ability to perform stucco and EIFS moisture intrusion inspections. If there is rot behind the stucco it is often visible with thermal imaging in the form of heat anomalies. Thermal image scanning also helps to quantify the affected areas of moisture damage. By adding this tool to our stucco inspections we have been able to better identify where the trouble areas are that need repair.

Wood Destroying Insect Activity – Significant wood destroying insect activity can be detected using this technology due to the heat generated by active infestations. That’s right, active termite activity produces a great deal of heat that is often visible to the infrared camera. Minor activity may not be detectable but areas not normally visible to the naked eye can be identified, and then a more invasive or technically exhaustive inspection can be carried out by the appropriate professional.

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Energy Audits – We do not currently specialize in performing energy audits, but thermal imaging has been a great tool to help homeowners save money, especially now that energy rates are on the rise. Heat loss and/or cold air influx can be detected and corrective actions can be taken to help improve the energy efficiency of residential and commercial structures.Once the energy wasting areas are identified, then changes can be made to make a dramatic difference in energy consumption which means less money out of pocket.

Flat Roof Inspections – If you have a leak on a new to mid life flat roof and have been told that a new roof is needed, then call us first. We may be able to save you a substantial amount of money. Thermal imaging can be used to detect the precise location of the leak and mark the affected area so that repairs can be made to the leaking area. Obviously, if the roof is older then you should forego the thermal imaging and invest in the needed new roof.

Loose or dirty electrical connections and other electrical anomalies can cause power outages and possible fires. We can inspect the electrical panels and receptacles to detect issues before there is a costly outage. Thermal imaging can detect hot spots in the electrical system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting report can be a great aid for the repair electrician hired to address the identified issues.

Plumbing Inspections – Water leaks from the plumbing system often leak undetected until major damage has occurred. We can scan in, under, and around plumbing fixtures in the home to determine if there is active leaking going on. Since this tool is not a moisture meter we will use it to find heat anomalies and then pursue the issue further to attempt to determine the source and cause of the leak.

Thermal image scanning can detect temperature anomalies in the plumbing system not visible to the naked eye which may be a precursor to a larger issue. The resulting Thermal Image Scan report can be a great aid for the repair plumber hired to address the identified issues.        home inspection Clermont FL

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Home Inspection Clermont FL

Our very comprehensive home inspection is for the client who would like a thorough analysis of most major details of the home. It is an inspection of the home’s major systems which caters to the client who is concerned not only with the systems that make the home habitable, but also provides a list of the many small items that may need attention after moving into the home.  This visual home inspection includes over 400 items, from the foundation to the roof and all the major systems of the house including electrical, plumbing and heating/air conditioning.

  • Foundation
  • Structure
  • Basement or crawl space
  • Interior and exterior walls
  • Siding
  • Water heater
  • Heating and air conditioning systems
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system and fixtures
  • Porches and decks
  • Attic
  • Roof
  • Gutters
  • Fireplace and exterior chimney
  • Interior and exterior doors
  • Interior stairway components
  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens

Some of the high tech tools we use:

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