Certified Thermographers with ITC – the International Leaders in Thermographic Training
Kelowna Thermal Imaging Home Inspection
Tyler Stedham, owner of A Step Above Inspection Services, has attained the Level 1 Infrared Thermography Certification with the Infrared Training Center (ITC ) – the highest-qualified instructors in thermography and infrared thermal imaging inspection.
We are happy to offer our expertise and state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras to perform energy loss audits and state-of-the-art home inspections to detect issues with your building envelope, electrical systems, plumbing, and structural components.
What is Infrared Thermography (Thermographic Inspection)?
Infrared thermography (IRT), also known as thermal imaging or thermographic inspection, uses specialized imaging equipment known as forward-looking infrared (FLIR) cameras to analyze heat patterns on the surfaces of objects.
How Building Inspectors Use Infrared Thermography to Find Problems
Thermal imaging cameras show home inspectors and commercial building inspectors subtle temperature differences on the surface of objects. To a well-trained eye, warmer and cooler areas of walls, roofs, foundation, and bulding systems shown on a heat detection cameras can often reveal problems you can’t otherwise see without drilling holes in the walls or tearing them down completely.
- Air leaks and insulation leaks. Infrared (IR) cameras can detect air leaks in a home’s walls, windows, ceiling, and building envelope
- Plumbing leaks. IR cameras can detect water damage, moisture intrusion, and rotting as cooler areas
- Electrical faults. Infrared can help identify potential electrical hazards and defecs such as overloaded electrical components and incorrect wiring
- Exterior Insulation and building envelope. Thermal cameras help to detect areas of heat loss and help locate areas of potential water intrusion / rot behind exterior building finishes
Thermal Imaging Inspection Cost
Basic Infrared Scan
- Free with home inspection
Infrared Energy Audit Inspection
- Comprehensive thermography inspection
Thermal Imaging Inspection FAQs
Thermal imaging involves using specialized infrared cameras to detect heat patterns on the surfaces of objects. Infrared cameras show hot and cold areas of surfaces in red and blue, respectively. Home inspectors use thermal imaging to detect air leaks, moisture, water damage, and electrical problems that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.
No, thermal imaging cameras cannot see through walls – nor do they have X-Ray vision. Infrared cameras only detect heat that gets emitted from the surfaces of objects. The walls of a residential home are far too thick to see through using thermal cameras.
During a thermal imaging inspection, home inspectors need to be able to see the heat patterns coming from your floors, walls, and ceilings. You can help prepare your home for a thermal imaging home inspection by moving your furniture away from the walls, removing your drapes, and making sure the inspector can access any blocked off areas. Review our BC Home Inspection Checklist to see which areas of your home the inspector will look at during their inspection.
The use of infrared thermal imaging can help home inspectors detect problems that are invisible to the naked eye – without having to strip apart insulation or tear down walls.
Since home inspections can reveal deal-breaking problems, thermal imaging is a worthwhile investment if you’re buying or selling a home.
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