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Thermal imaging survey

Thermal Imaging Survey is a technique that creates thermal images of an object’s natural heat emissions using a non-contact method. In general, warmer areas are shown as orange and yellow, and cooler areas are shown as violet and blue.

United Inspection Group utilizes the latest technology to provide quick and reliable results. We are certified to perform a Thermal Imaging Survey and strongly encourage every client to take advantage of it. IR cameras can detect water damage, air leaks, and even structural defects. It is very crucial not only to obtain a high-quality thermal image, but also to understand the anomaly. Technically speaking, infrared surveys can’t detect moisture, but they do detect surface temperature. Inspectors can identify the following issues based on a temperature deference picture:
• Roof leaks
• Moisture infiltration
• Insulation voids
• AC Unit problems
• Exterior wall water damage (including siding, stucco, and EIFS)
• Air infiltration/exfiltration
• Bad openings (windows/doors)
• Plumbing leaks
• Electrical problems
• Construction defects
• Insects/rodents infestation

Moisture Detection in Walls and Ceilings
Thermal imaging is a powerful tool that helps to identify water damage in walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs. By sensing the difference in temperature (anomaly) between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas, IR cameras can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a regular visual home inspection.

Plumbing Inspections
The same principle can be used to determine water leaks in plumbing systems. By using IR cameras, United Inspection Group can determine if there is any active leaking. Thermal image scanning can detect temperature anomalies in the plumbing system that can’t be seen with naked eye. The consequential Thermal Image report can be a helpful aid for the plumber hired to address plumbing issues.

Stucco & EIFS Inspections
The use of IR cameras has improved our ability to perform stucco and EIFS moisture inspections. Heating anomalies can be an indicator of moisture problems behind exterior wall coverings including siding, stucco, and EIFS. Thermal image scanning also helps to quantify the affected areas of moisture damage. By adding this technology to stucco & EIFS inspections, United Inspection Group has been able to increase our efficiency and accuracy during inspections.


Wood Destroying Organisms Activity
Insect and rodent activity can be detected with IR cameras using similar principles. Major termite activity produces a level of heat, therefore, it can be visible using the infrared camera. Minor activity may not be detectable, but a more invasive inspection can be carried out by the appropriate professional.

Air Infiltration/exfiltration (Energy Audits)
Thermal imaging has been a valuable tool for homeowners, helping them save money by identifying air leakage. Heat loss and/or cold air influx can be detected, and corrective actions can be taken to improve the energy efficiency of the house. Any unsealed or uninsulated area in the house is at risk for potential mold formation!

Electrical Problems
Electrical anomalies such as loose cords and dirty electrical connections can cause power outages or possible fires. Thermal imaging can detect dangerous hot spots in the electrical system that are not visible to the naked eye.

Limitations
The infrared thermal imaging camera is NOT a moisture meter. It simply identifies thermal anomalies. This device greatly aids in identifying areas that need further investigation. Only educated/licensed person are able to properly explain pictured anomalies.