Basically, thermography allows the technician to “see” inside the walls and ceilings of the home to detect moisture, electrical problems, and thermal loss. Moisture can lead to mold growth. Electrical failures are the second leading cause of fires in homes. Thermal loss such as missing insulation and undetected cracking results in higher energy costs.
Texan Inspection uses thermography technology — an infrared imaging and measurement camera that can “see” and “measure” thermal energy emitted from an object. The best way to describe the results of infrared imaging is that it is an MRI for your home. Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it’s the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat.
You may click each image for a larger, closer view of each thermographic photo.
Sample of Infrared Photos showing areas of potential damages
- Normal Infrared
- Heat from electrical breakers
- Moisture from under a wood floor
- Roof leak in master bedroom ceiling
- Missing Insulation
Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object’s temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot. Infrared thermography cameras produce images of invisible infrared or “heat” radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities. Nearly everything gets hot before it fails, making infrared cameras extremely cost-effective, valuable diagnostic tools in many diverse applications.
The infrared camera offers a non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings – providing immediate high-resolution thermal imagery, revealing potential structural and moisture issues, energy efficiency and even rodent or pest discovery.
Infrared thermography provides several distinct advantages over the traditional visual-only inspection.