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Infrared Technology Supported Inspections

svinspections is infrared certified

Infrared thermal imaging (also known as thermography) is an emerging technology that may allow your SVHI inspector to show you things about your home that no one can show you using conventional inspection methods.  

Infrared thermal imaging may help diagnose the problem rather than merely identify symptoms and can often identify and document:

  • electrical faults before they cause a fire
  • overloaded and undersized circuits
  • circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement
  • missing, damaged and/or wet insulation
  • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors
  • water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold
  • possible pest infestation
  • hidden roof leaks (before they cause serious damage)
  • air-conditioner compressor leaks
  • under-fastening and/or missing framing members
  • structural defects
  • broken seals in double-pane windows
  • energy loss and loss of system efficiency
  • dangerous flue leaks
  • damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
  • unknown plumbing leaks
  • overheated equipment.

The color images produced can then be included in the inspection report to provide supporting documentation. One picture is worth a thousand words.

Thermography as Part of a Home Inspection

We use leading-edge thermal imaging technology, thermography, during your site inspections to help us determine deficiencies for an accurate report. This should NOT be confused with requesting an energy audit which requires more time, additional equipment, and different procedures.

SVHI employs comparative qualitative thermography measurement. We compare the thermal pattern or profile of a building component to the visible light profile of the same component. The results obtained by infrared thermography are largely influenced by the time of day, weather, and exposure. This is because there needs to be a strong differential or net thermal change occurring in order to identify the conditions.

Although infrared thermal imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy. When possible, other tools are used to verify thermal Images, but even with these considerations we do not claim to have x-ray vision. Conditions may change and cause the apparent temperature readings revealed in thermal images to be different at any given time.