Infrared Camera Inspection???

A thermography inspection or infrared camera inspection is the latest thing in the inspection industry. Although it has been around for years it is now just starting to gain world wide popularity. Often times it is misconceived as being X-ray vision. Although it is not X-ray vision it is the closest thing on the market to it. In the hands of a trained certified infrared thermographer it can produce invaluable results. It can be used to detect leaks, missing or deficient insulation, overheating electrical components, heat/air loss and much more. It is a good idea to include a thermography/infrared camera inspection in your contingency clause. Without this state of the art technology in the hands of a certified infrared inspector your only getting half the inspection you deserve.
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November 11 2012 - US
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Excellent. What have you found to be average repair costs related to deficiencies found with these inspections?
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Excellent comment. Thermal Imaging is a great way to detect decencies within your home that cannot be seen by conventional home inspector and will save you money and headaches in the long run.


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February 04 2013
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The cost of the cameras have been coming down...  I keep thinking of buying one for termite, dry rot, and carpenter ant issues, that get excluded from normal termite inspection reports because of areas being "non-accessible".  My specific concern is roof joists and window or door frames that have had past damage, that was puttied over and then painted.  I can't see through the paint, and tapping everywhere to find "hollow spots" is not practical, and even if hollow spots are found, it won't identify the extent of putty fills.  Have you found the camera practical for that?  If so, do you have some sample pictures?  I'm sure it is partially related to being able to properly set the sensitivity scale.  Maybe it also depend on the ambient temperature and time of day?
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February 04 2013
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Also wondering if you typically do a separate image of each receptacle looking for bad connection issues?  It appears this wouldn't do any good if there was no load on the receptacle at the time.  And it appears that one of the big issues with receptacles is that the blades have lost there spring tension, so one may be better off checking that with how much pressure is needed to insert a standard "plug tester", which would also check to see if the neutral and ground contact were wired correctly?
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