Tallahassee Real Estate Inspections has two certified thermographers, Lindsey a Level I and Mike, a Level II, who utilize Infrared Cameras to help diagnose or uncover potential problems during our inspection. We use our cameras at our discretion and as conditions allow. If a client desires a full thermal imaging scan of the home, additional charges and scheduling may apply.
What is Thermography?
Infrared Thermography is the science of detecting, displaying and recording thermal patterns across the surface of an object. We can see even the slightest temperature difference of thermal heat being radiated from a surface using a thermal imaging infrared (IR) camera. A thermal imager converts the infrared energy to a visible light image. The correct understanding and interpretation of the data provides meaningful information about a structure, process or system. This advanced, non-destructive technology allows us to further evaluate or identify problems within building components and systems.
Thermal Imaging is NOT:
- To be confused with night vision. Night vision amplifies visual light. An infrared camera’s sensors are detecting wavelengths NOT visible to the human eye.
- An X-ray machine. Thermal imaging cannot see through objects; it only detects heat energy emitted from an object. In fact, it can’t even see through clear glass.
- A mold detector. Thermal imaging detects effects of moisture, which can be related to the growth of mold spores, but an IR camera does not detect mold.
- A guarantee that defects will be found. So much of this is dependent upon the conditions at the time of the inspection.
- A “point and shoot” technology. A deep understanding of thermodynamics, heat transfer and building science are required to be able to accurately interpret images along with continuously making manual adjustments within the camera’s settings to compensate for non-relevant environmental factors.
What can Thermography be used to inspect?
The number of applications for which thermal imaging can be utilized grows daily and is only limited by the capability of the camera and the user. In the world of building and home inspections some of the most common uses are for: building envelope air leakage, Insulation deficiencies, moisture intrusion and water damage surveys, flat or low slope roof surveys, pest control surveys, electrical systems, HVAC systems and ductwork, radiant floor heating, proper grouting and reinforcement of CMU cells, slab leaks, and solar panel arrays. Please contact us to discuss more in depth how we can use IR to evaluate any issue you may be having.
A different way to see the world
Once you have the ability to utilize a 6th sense, you’ll never see things the same way. Below are some fun pictures for your enjoyment.