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What Problems Can a Thermal Imaging Camera Find?

Who Can Use an Infrared Camera

Thermal imaging

Thermography and Home Inspections

What is thermal imaging?  Despite what you might have heard or seen,a thermal or infrared (IR) camera can't see through walls or ceilings. Instead, they display colour images based on the surface temperatures of various materials being viewed. To illustrate, think of a digital camera that requires thousands of points (or pixels) to form a photo.  An IR camera on the other hand, requires thousands of points (temperature readings) to display a thermal image. Warmer surface temperatures show up as brighter colours and cooler surface temperatures will show up as darker colours on the IR camera's display.  These can be evaluated by a qualified operator to determine what images are typical and where there might be an issue.

Can anyone operate a thermal imaging camera?  Anyone can purchase and "use" an IR camera, but proper training and experience required to operate one properly and interpret the images it produces accurately.  The cost of an IR camera can run from $500 to $50,000 where the main factors that push up the cost are resolution followed by features.  Proper infrared training for a level 1 certification course can cost $1,500 to $2,000.  There are many camera manufacturers and various models flooding the market with cheap devices that can create a thermal image, but not all of these can be used for building diagnostics. Our Flir IR camera is specifically built for building diagnostics with 76,800 (320 x 240) pixel resolution, and Vahn Balabanian is a Certified Level 1 Thermographer.

What problems can a thermal imaging camera find in buildings?

 non-typical supply air duct leaks
 active moisture problems (ie, roof, exterior wall/building envelope, and plumbing leaks)
 inadequate/non-existent or significantly compromised insulation
 non-typical heating and cooling losses
 abnormal heat from an appliance or electrical system component
 possible vermin or pest infestation
 poor construction/structural defects (under fastening and/or missing framing members)
 damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems

Home Inspections and Infrared Thermography

Performing thermography or a thermal scan of a home can add value to your home inspection with another layer of technical depth and possibly locate problems that may not otherwise be found by just a visual inspection.  Our Essential Home Inspection does not include a full IR scan of the house but our inspector can use the IR camera during the home inspection in a localized area on a discretionary basis.  Why do we charge extra for a full thermal scan of the house?  Mainly because the IR camera Solex Group uses is very expensive to purchase / maintain) and it takes some additional time to perform and report on any issues found.

Some examples of what an IR camera can reveal

Active Moisture Leak (Plumbing)

​No visible signs of an issue when looking at this ceiling.  But the IR camera revealed an unusual thermal pattern and a moisture meter was used to confirm active dampness. 

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Missing Insulation 

Thermal imaging camera reveals missing insulation in this (cathedral) ceiling cavity.  



Note:

This thermal scan was performed in the summer season.  If it were winter, the area missing insulation would show up as dark colours (cooler surface temperatures).  

Missing Insulation 

Thermal imaging camera reveals missing insulation in this (cathedral) ceiling cavity.  



Note:

This thermal scan was performed in the summer season.  If it were winter, the area missing insulation would show up as dark colours (cooler surface temperatures).  

Some Examples of what an IR Camera can reveal

Active Moisture issue 

​No visible signs of a problem when looking at this ceiling.  The IR camera revealed an unusual thermal pattern and a moisture meter was used to confirm active dampness from condo unit above. 

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Active Moisture Penetration 

​Thermal imaging camera reveals active moisture penetration into face sealed Exterior Insulation Finishing System (EIFS). Active moisture penetration confirmed by using a moisture meter.

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Radiant Heating 

​Thermal imaging camera being used to confirm proper operation and location of hydronic heating pipes in this bedroom floor.

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Missing insulation in exterior wall

​No visible signs of an issue when looking at these bedroom walls with the nakid eye.  But the Infrared camera revealed cooler surface temperatures between stud cavities in this exterior wall. 

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Missing Insulation in roof cavity

​Thermal imaging camera reveals missing insulation in this (cathedral) roof cavity. Note: This thermal scan was performed in the summer season.

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Active Roof Leaks 

​Thermal imaging camera reveals a thermal anomaly when viewing the ceiling.  A moisture meter was used to confirm active leaks from flat roof above.

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Plumbing issues 

​No visible signs of an issue when looking at this toilet. But the Infrared camera helped us determine that the toilet was connected to the hot water supply. 

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Electrical Hazards or Faults 

​Thermal imaging camera reveals overheating wires which is a potential fire hazard.  Note:  these wires were undersized for the application

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