Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging

What is an infrared inspection?


A thermal imaging inspection (also known as infrared or IR inspection) uses non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology to generate reports not sufficiently covered by conventional visual or even physical inspections. An IR inspection report is just as important, if not more, than a standard home inspection report.

Thermal imaging works by detecting key temperature changes in a house and thus reveals areas that are or may prove to be problematic in the future. When performing the most comprehensive home inspection with thermal imaging in San Diego, our inspectors employ advanced methods and rely on cutting-edge equipment.


What we focus on during infrared inspections


Where there are known energy efficiency issues, an IR inspection can be helpful when specifically trying to locate spots where insulation is inadequate. Air leaks may be felt by touch during a blower door test and noticeable temperature drops in certain areas may also be noted during the colder months.


During a thermal imaging inspection, we will typically start with the following areas, or with any already suspected areas:


• Light and electrical fixtures

• Windows and doors

• Attic, basement, cellar, crawlspaces

• Plumbing penetrations and bathroom traps

• Chimney flue and fireplace areas

• Dropped ceilings and soffits

• Visible areas of cracking between partition top plates and drywall

• Utility chases and baseboards


When purchasing a new home for the first time, buyers want to be absolutely certain that no hidden faults and safety hazards slip under the radar. While standard home inspections can detect most common structural defects, an infrared home inspection can take it a step further, ensuring that your new San Diego home hides no unpleasant surprises. At The Inspectors Company, we use top-of-the-line infrared equipment to identify problematic areas in a property and make sure you have nothing to worry about.