InSpec infrared and home inspections

At InSpec Property Services LLC. we use high resolution infrared imaging on every home inspection, but why? What do infrared photos really tell us?  

On a recent home inspection, I had a client checking out my collection gadgets and like most people, was most interested in my infrared camera. Looking more like a prop from Star Trek than a camera, people are understandably inquisitive. 

 “So what does that gizmo do?”

 I tell them that its an infrared camera, and before I complete my sentence, the buyers father in law chimes in with “I heard about those, he uses that to see through walls” well kinda, but not exactly.  

Being careful not to come off as too much of a “know it all” I explain that infrared will see temperature variations and anomalies that frankly would not be visible without it.  Through the use of infrared, in conjunction with other diagnostic tools, I can sometimes identify issues that are occurring behind the wall board, beneath the carpet, behind/beneath the insulation, etc.  

It’s important for clients to understand the added value of using this technology as part of their home inspection.  It’s even more important for them to understand the limitations of infrared photography, the differences between different infrared cameras, and the home inspectors operating them. 

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At InSpec we use Flir Model E6 infrared cameras.  The E6 has a 160 x 120 resolution, which meets the necessary specs for use in performing energy audits..

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