Active Moisture from shower enclosure leaks :
- This is one of the most serious and alarmingly common leakage issues we find with our infrared equipment. Water escaping a shower enclosure. Causes or examples include faulty or failed shower pans, leakage around enclosure glass and leakage behind tile that is seeping out of the enclosure.
Missing insulation :
- While some older homes are expected to have less than adequate insulation installation newer and new construction homes should have good consistent insulation. We find minor cases or missing insulation in almost all homes we inspect. Roughly 20% of the time we find major and significant missing insulation. Things like the entire master bedroom ceiling not being insulated. How could this happen? Isn’t the home inspected by an energy efficiency rater? Because they only look with their eyes. Typically the problem was caused by lack of access or by installer error. Typically the repair is simple. Surprisingly not all homeowners notice the problem though many do notice that a particular room is very uncomfortable and hard to heat and cool.
Excessive air infiltration :
- With our inspection procedure we create a negative pressure in the home (while testing the exhaust fans) that helps to exaggerate air penetration from the outside. We are then able to see the cold or hot air infiltration with the infrared camera. Realistically, all penetrations may leak a bit. But often the leakage is excessive and can be improved.
Electrical hotspots and overheating :
- While not terribly common (thankfully) we find 5 to 10 occurrences every year of overheating electrical. Typically, this is found in a breaker panel at a circuit breaker. Finding this defect is particularly satisfying. Knowing that you possibly prevented a house fire that would cause major damage and possibly loss of life is the ultimate at working hard to protect our clients.
We constantly find new and interesting defects because we our infrared imaging Camera on every inspection. Often we realize there is no way we would have discovered a particular important major defect without the infrared camera. It constantly reinforces our firm position that we will not do inspections without the infrared imaging scan. Limited Infrared Thermal Imaging Scans are available to meet client’s needs to assist in solving problems when a full home inspection is not necessary.