Thermal Imaging and Infrared Inspections for for Central Florida, including moisture intrusion assessments.
Sean Fogarty is a Level 2 Certified Thermographer through Infraspection Institute.
Our thermal imaging services cover a wide range of needs including:
Electrical service and equipment scans for evaluation and insurance requirements.
Moisture intrusion and water damage assessments.
Air leakage, insulation and building envelope evaluations
Thermal Transfer or other specialty evaluations
What is Thermal Imaging?
Thermal imaging is simply the use of equipment or a thermal camera that reads temperature differences. By using a thermal camera, we can evaluate conditions that could go unnoticed or were not visible to the naked eye.
Uses for thermal imaging in the home include:
Water leaks or moisture intrusion
Heated electrical connections or circuits
Air infiltration or air leaks
Missing or poorly installed insulation
Verification or diagnosing leaks for radiant floor or ceiling heat.
Please keep in mind!
We use our camera as any other tool when we feel it is necessary. It's not a comprehensive full thermal evaluation. We will not scan your entire home during a home inspection (unless we are contracted to as an additional service). The thermal imager is no different than any other tool we carry. We use it when see areas of possible concern.
Areas we generally check are:
Any place of concern or that we know is an issue. The image only provides visual reference.
First floor ceiling in two story homes. We will always scan ceiling under bathrooms above to ensure no hidden leaks exist.
Main electrical panels if we feel there is a concern or need.
Areas with hidden or concealed attic spaces.
The thermal camera is not x-ray vision and will not see through walls or pipes etc.
The right time of day, temperatures or conditions must be present to properly use the camera. Only proper training can allow the thermoghrapher to fully understand and evaluate conditions accordingly.
All concerns found are verified by use of other tools such as a moisture meter.
Here are a few examples of home inspections findings.
Heated Electrical Circuits
Both images are examples of overheated or loose connections. The left image, wasn't visible but had an audible buzz, which sometimes indicates a loose connection.
The one of the right was more obvious and the wiring was burnt.
Completely missing insulation.
Someone forgot or didn't care about the insulation during construction. This home was 12 years old.
This image was taken during a rain storm while we were inspecting the home. None of the windows were flashed or sealed correctly and we were fortunate enough to get this image. Obviously all the windows had to be removed to make the repairs.
A bad retro fit job.
This image was taken at a historical home where a company retro-actively sprayed a foam product into the walls to prevent removing walls to traditionally insulate. The buyer called us because they really didn't notice a difference after paying thousands of dollars to have this done. The blue areas are places where little to no insulation was present.
Hidden Roof Leak
This leak had showed no staining on the drywall in this garage. No other indications were present.