Infrared Inspection

About An Infrared Inspection

As technology improves with each passing day, so do home inspection services and innovative techniques.  Infrared technology, specifically infrared thermal imaging technology, has emerged as one of the most exciting, non-invasive technologies home inspectors can use to spot issues that may have otherwise gone unnoticed or been extremely difficult to investigate.

Just as x-ray imaging allows physicians to look at our internal organs and bones, infrared thermal imaging will enable homeowners to peek behind walls, between floors, and even into concrete to discover issues within the structure of residential homes and commercial properties.

What an infrared inspection (IR inspection) does is allow the home inspector to detect:


  • Energy loss
  • Moisture intrusion/expulsion
  • Irregular hot spots
  • Pest infestations
  • Leaks in chimney flues

Reasons To Get an Infrared Home Inspection

  • Safety – Thermal imaging cameras can locate overheating equipment, faulty electrical circuits, and even large pest infestations. All of these issues can become dangerous if not attended to and corrected.
  • Buyer Protection Before closing on your new home, an IR inspection can alert you to issues that the current owner would be contractually obliged to fix before you take ownership. Plumbing leaks, heat loss, insulation issues, or even faulty piping can be unveiled during an IR inspection. It’s better to find these issues before you are financially responsible for fixing them as an owner.
  • A Complete Understanding of Your Home – IR technology has only been used in recent years for home inspections. Because of this, documentation and reporting on your home completed decades ago may not be as thorough as it can be done today. IR inspections can tell you more about your home and its history by taking a peek behind the scenes and discovering issues, building details, and structural vulnerabilities that had never been uncovered before.


Infrared FAQs

Still have questions? Check below to see if we’ve answered them. If not, check out our FAQ page or reach out to us.

How does infrared thermal imaging work?

Instead of capturing light from the electromagnetic spectrum, thermal cameras capture infrared or thermal energy, which registers as heat on the electromagnetic spectrum. As humans, we cannot see thermal energy, which is why thermal imaging helps analyze structural or mechanical issues invisible to the human eye or regular camera.

How can infrared thermal imaging help me better understand my home?

An IR inspection can detect issues that are not visible to the eye, and perhaps unperceivable to other senses as well. A home inspector can get an in-depth look into your walls, foundation, or attic. Think of an IR camera as a diagnostic tool that can home inspectors obtain as much structural data as possible from the inspection.

How did home inspectors discover thermal imaging cameras?

Thermal imaging cameras have been used for decades, but primarily for military and surveillance purposes. Since IR technology has become more widespread in the civilian market and more affordable, it has seen many more applications. It’s now used in firefighting, scientific research, even animal tracking! It only made sense that thermal imaging technology is used by home inspectors.


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Buyers Home Inspection

Buyer’s Inspection

Buying a home is likely one of the largest investments you’ll ever make. That’s why it’s so crucial that buyers understand exactly what they’re getting into. During a buyer’s inspection, we form a close partnership with the buyer. We’ll be your guide as we explain any property defects or issues we uncover. We’ll also answer any questions you have.

Pre Listing Inspection

Pre-Listing Inspection

If you’re selling a home or property, it’s a good idea to have it inspected before it’s listed. Houses with a pre-listing inspection are more attractive to potential buyers. Pre-listing inspections give sellers the chance to work with us to uncover issues or necessary repairs. We’ll also give you our expert recommendations on what repairs to make before showing the property.

New Construction Inspection

New Construction HOME Inspection

Before the final walk-through with the builder, a new home should undergo a new construction home inspection. We thoroughly search the home for building defects and anything that may have been overlooked during construction. This allows the builder to better prepare the home for its walk-through, which results in an easier and smoother move-in experience.

11 Month Warranty Inspection

ONE YEAR HOME Warranty Inspection

Many newly constructed homes are sold along with a 12-month builder’s warranty that covers the cost of repairs associated with constructional defects. During a one year home warranty inspection, we help homeowners identify the repairs they should request before their warranty expires. This prevents you from becoming financially responsible for problems that should fall to the original builder.

Re Inspection


After a buyer’s home inspection, the buyer and seller of a home will come to an agreement about what repairs should be made before closing. Once those repairs are made, a re-inspection can be performed in order to ensure all agreements were honored and that the necessary repairs were made.

Commercial Building Inspection

Commercial Building Inspection

During a commercial property inspection, we help buyers of commercial buildings better understand their potential new property before making the final purchase. Just like our home inspection services, we make sure that our commercial inspections are thorough and backed by our experienced and dedicated inspectors. We provide you with a detailed report that clearly breaks down our findings and recommendations.


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