Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging, or infrared imaging, is an advanced technology that detects heat radiation and conveys them in images to show what cannot be seen by the naked eye. This technology has been applied to many uses since its development and has recently been put to use in home inspections to detect heat differences in homes and buildings to help identify various types of problems. Thermal imaging reveals much more about a home than a typical inspection, and at Canal Port Home Inspections, we are trained in the proper use of thermal imaging to effectively detect potential problems before they cause expensive damages.By detecting the temperature differences within the walls and floors of a house, it is possible to identify problems concerning too much heat, moisture, leaks, and infestations before they cause further damage to the home. Excessive heat can indicate problems such as electrical faults, overloaded circuits, or overheated equipment that if ignored could cause a fire. Thermal imaging can also be used to detect moisture or heat loss by detecting areas of a home that are significantly lower in temperature. This helps quickly identify problems with molding, excess moisture, or roof leaks that could lead to structural damage as well as heat loss and broken window seals that could be detrimental to energy efficiency. Other uses for thermal imaging include checking for signs of structural damage and even pests through the detection of body heat.

At Canal Port, we perform thermal imaging inspections as part of our home inspection services to identify problems that would not be detected otherwise before they cause further, more expensive damage to your home in Joliet or Naperville, Illinois. Below is a list of things that thermal imaging can help identify:

  • Electrical faults
  • Overloaded and undersized circuits
  • Circuit breakers needing replacement
  • Missing, damaged, or wet insulation
  • Heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows, and doors
  • Water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold
  • Pest infestations
  • Hidden roof leaks
  • Air conditioner compressor leaks
  • Under-fastening and/or missing framing members
  • Structural defects
  • Broken seals in double-pane windows
  • Energy loss and efficiency
  • Dangerous flue leaks
  • Damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems
  • Unknown plumbing leaks
  • Overheated equipment