Infrared Inspections

Gold Key offers thermal imaging inspections using Infrared (IR) technology to help home buyers gain a better understanding of the home they’re about to purchase. Our inspectors have undergone specialized training and are Infrared Certified. They use specialized equipment that measures heat energy to identify potential problems as well as to verify performance of certain components that might not otherwise become apparent in a standard home inspection.

How is Infrared Technology used in a Home Inspection?

Infrared is a safe and non-invasive technology that uses temperature differentials to help identify potential problems that will be further investigated by the home inspector using either visual observation or technical equipment, such as a moisture meter. Some costly problems, such as moisture, air infiltration and pest infestation to name a few, may not be evident to the naked eye. However, these particular issues may be detectable with an IR camera and will alert an inspector that further verification of the potential problem is necessary.

What types of problems can a home inspector detect with an IR camera?

Water Intrusion & Moisture
  • Roof leaks
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Wet basements
Air Infiltration
  • Insulation gaps
  • Air leaks
  • Penetration in ceiling (ie. Smoke detectors, ceiling light fixtures)
  • Weather stripping around windows and doors
  • Wall switches
  • Attic access
  • Hot spots in attic
  • Heated floors
  • Heating systems
  • Electrical problems

Thermal Imaging Limitations

Although thermal imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy. Further testing or evaluation will be necessary and, sometimes, removal or destruction of components may be required to validate findings.
  • Thermal imaging measures the surface temperature and thermal distribution of solid objects.
  • Infrared cameras use heat not x-rays to detect potential issues. The cameras cannot see behind walls or other components in a home.
  • An inspector who uses thermal imaging must understand the limitations of thermography as well as the importance of preparing a home for proper testing. An inspector must also be able to interpret the images. Inspectors who are Infrared Certified have had the proper training.
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