Tips for First Time Property investors: Molly's Real Estate Blog

Tips for First Time Property investors: Molly's Real Estate Blog

Understanding Thermographic Inspections for Your Home

by Vanesa Diaz

There has never been a simpler way of detecting and diagnosing a range of building problems than using thermographic inspection devices. Energy auditors and home inspectors regularly use thermography for reliable, instant and accurate building diagnosis to deal with many building problems like moisture problems, detecting thermal defects, and air leakage in homes.

Types of thermographic devices

The home inspector or energy auditor may use the following thermographic inspection devices to ease their work:

  • Thermal imaging camera: These hi-tech infrared cameras produce a thermal illustration of a given area showing temperature variations caused by moisture.
  • Thermal line scanner: This displays radiant temperature that is being viewed along a line. The device shows temperature variations along the line scan over the image of the scanned area.
  • Spot radiometer: It measures radiation points with a meter reading that indicates the temperature differences of a scanned area.

How thermal imaging works

Infrared cameras are commonly used to detect heat emissions and insulation defects of a building. Since thermal energy is a kind of light that can't be easily detected with our own eyes, therefore we use infrared cameras to detect long and complicated wavelengths. So in this case, it's that area of the light scale that we notice as heat. The home inspector  uses thermography inspection devices, i.e. an infrared camera, to detect the variations in the surface temperature of walls, pipes, heaters, ceilings, etc. The variations in temperatures can indicate a build-up of moisture and heat in the house due to failed insulation.

Detecting faults in insulation systems

Infrared thermography also allows you to find out the effectiveness of insulation systems after the building construction, i.e. detecting poorly installed window panes, roof leaks, etc. The results (thermograms) can help you to decide whether new insulation systems should be installed and where exactly to fix them.

Applicability of thermography

The thermographic inspection can be carried out either from the interior or the exterior of the building. This depends on the effective thermographic procedure to yield the most accurate results under the given weather conditions. But most inspectors would use interior scans because the escaping heat usually doesn't move in a conventional way.

It is also difficult to detect the temperature variations from the outside, especially when there's a lot of wind. Therefore, thermographic inspections will produce accurate results in a reduced air movement such as a home's interior.

It is very important that before you buy a house, you should make a thermographic scan, both in its interior and exterior for any insulation defects. Furthermore, for accurate and reliable thermographic inspections, it's better to find a technician like Safe House Property Consultants.


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Tips for First Time Property investors: Molly's Real Estate Blog

Hi, my name is Molly. I have been a property owner since my grandma died when I was eighteen, and I inherited a rental property. Over the years, I have managed that property very successfully, and about ten years ago, I started adding to my collection. While I would definitely say that the investment property game is not a get-rich-quick scheme, it can make lucrative money. To help others who are interested in getting into the game, I have decided to start a blog. Here, I am going to share insider tips, experiences and ideas. Get comfortable and feel free to explore!