Thermal Image Scanning
Thermal imaging uses infrared technology to identify very slight differences in temperature. All material has a unique thermal signature. When moisture, heat, cold or termites & other insects are introduced into the structure the thermal signature changes. The changes can be subtle or dramatic but with thermal image scanning the differences are detectable where they wouldn't be able to be seen with the naked eye & it’s also great to identifying areas where insulation is inadequately in the attic, crawlspace & walls. Thermal image scanning technology is now being used to evaluate residential & commercial buildings. As a non-invasive testing tool, it can quickly help detect where there are possible issues. This helps limit the areas of concern & it also saves time & less destructive discovery is needed.
What Thermal Image Scanning is not?
The infrared thermal imaging camera does not provide the operator with x-ray vision & it is not a moisture meter even though it is used as an aid in detecting areas of concern. A thermal imaging camera helps identifies thermal anomalies but it does totally eliminate the possibility that damage, leaks & other concerns may not be identified during an inspection. When used with other tools, equipment & experience thermal imaging has helped identify issues that are rarely identified during a standard comprehensive home inspection.