What does an infrared gun really do? Well… let me tell you! Infrared cameras are used to detect anomalies within the home. The gun uses a thermography camera to locate temperate differences behind the walls, affects you would not be able to detect with the naked eye…
The Infrared Difference
What does an infrared camera really do? Well…let me tell you! Infrared cameras are used to detect anomalies within the home. GreenWorks uses a thermography camera to locate temperate differentials behind the walls and ceiling. These are items that you would not be able to detect with the naked eye.
When using infrared during a GreenWorks inspection, we are specifically looking for three main conditions: water penetration, electrical hot spots and missing insulation. When moisture is found using infrared, it will show up on the camera as being darker than the building materials surrounding it. Depending on use and what is causing the excess water flow, leaks can go undetected for some time, causing hidden damage. When water finds its way out of the pipes, the infrared technology acts as a behind the scenes detective, catching the culprit in the act!
Another problem that is combated by infrared is electrical hot spots. Hot spots will appear brightly on camera in comparison to their cooler, even toned surroundings. Electrical hot spots occur for several reasons, most likely to do with circuit overload (too many extension cords) or deterioration of old wiring and occasionally defective equipment. You may be pleased to know; some insurance companies will even give premium discounts for having the electrical system inspected using a thermography camera.
Lastly, we will inspect the exterior walls and ceilings of the home to ensure the builder installed insulation in all proper areas. And yes… builders do fail in this area more than you would think! It is important to have an infrared inspection before you close to make sure that the builder follows through with their responsibility of insulating ALL proper areas. (see examples below)
Not all inspectors use infrared technology as it does go beyond the Texas standards of practice for home inspectors. To ensure that your home is inspected using the infrared difference call GreenWorks to schedule your inspection!
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