What to Know About Thermal Imaging for Home Inspections

A home purchase is a huge financial decision. Before you buy a home, you want to be sure it’s in the best condition possible. In addition to a home inspection, a thermal imaging assessment can detect several abnormalities such as missing insulation, moisture leaks, and more. At Bryan & Bryan Inspections, we perform thermal imaging inspections throughout the Austin area. Here’s what you need to know before scheduling this valuable assessment.

What Does Thermal Imaging Do?

Thermal imaging is used to measure the temperature of various surfaces as well as reveal thermal anomalies. The results can show the differences between surface temperatures and reveal any locations that are too cold or too hot. Our home inspectors will use these findings to recommend other tools and tests that may need to be performed to find the source of the extra heat or energy loss. 

How Is Thermal Imaging Different?

Rather than conducting a visual inspection which is what we do during a home inspection, a thermal imaging assessment uses an infrared camera to detect irregularities within the home’s structure. This type of technology allows the inspector to assess areas of the home that aren’t visible to the naked eye. 

What Areas Are Typically Inspected?

Several areas of a home can be inspected using a thermal imaging camera:

  1. Ceilings, walls, and floors, to detect moisture or missing insulation

  2. Plumbing system to find leaks

  3. Electrical units to detect temperature anomalies

  4. HVAC units to spot any function problems

  5. EIFS and stucco to discover rot or leaks

  6. Areas that may be infested with termites

  7. Structural areas to find missing insulation, mold, moisture, or energy loss

Free with Every Home Inspection

At Bryan & Bryan, when you schedule a home inspection, we’ll also perform a thermal imaging inspection free of charge. We also provide several inspection services for homeowners and business owners in Austin, such as irrigation inspections, pool inspections, pest inspections, mold inspections, and more. Call us at (866) 484-8318 to get a quote now or you can conveniently schedule your inspection online.

Source: Keeley, Joe. “How Inspectors Use Thermal Imaging with a Home Inspection.” Web article. Avalon Home Inspections. 10 Mar. 2021.Web. 03 Sep. 2022.

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