Infrared Thermography

Infrared Thermography is a non-contact diagnostic technology used to detect, display and record thermal patterns and temperatures. A certified infrared thermographer uses infrared to locate hidden defects and potential problems that may be invisible to the naked eye. Problems such as moisture intrusion in walls, roofs, floors and ceilings or energy loss from improperly installed insulation. It can also identify hot spots in the home’s electrical system, such as defective breakers, switches, receptacles and wiring.

 Moisture Intrusion, Leaks and Condensation

Thermal Imaging Services in Somerset County | NJ Home InspectorThermal imaging is an excellent non-destructive tool used to aid in identifying water intrusion or leaks in walls, floors, and ceilings. Moisture, if not properly remedied, can lead to building damage, reduced insulation effectiveness and mold. By comparing the differences in temperature between a wet area and the surrounding dry areas thermal imaging can help detect moisture issues that would not be visible during a limited visual home inspection. Whether it’s wet insulation, plumbing leaks, or water intrusion a Thermal scan can help locate a potential moisture problem. Let Jersey First Inspection Services put this technology to work for you.

 Electrical Problems

Thermal Imaging Services in Somerset County | NJ Home Inspector
Bright areas around light fixtures are due to missing insulation and air leakage

Electrical problems are often found as “hot spots.” Electrical outlets, switches, wires or circuit breakers that are malfunctioning, overloaded, or compromised in some manner are very dangerous and can lead to a fire. Our Infrared Thermal Imaging process allows us to easily scan for these electrical hot spots which may not be visible to the naked eye and would have escaped notice. If the scan gives indications of a potential problem a follow-up investigation by a licensed electrician will be needed to verify the problem and offer repair options and costs.

Insulation anomalies are common in construction, both new and old. With energy costs soaring, these deficiencies can lead to higher energy costs. Infrared Thermal Imaging allows us to efficiently scan the home and identify areas that are improperly or incompletely insulated. Because this scan is completed from inside, we can see areas that may otherwise be inaccessible and therefore not visible to a traditional visual inspection.

With the continual rise in energy prices, home owners are becoming more concerned with the efficiency of their home or building. No matter how big or how small the building we can quickly and cost-effectively identify your potential energy loss.

An Infrared energy loss survey can be used to verify a number of energy loss culprits including: poor building design or workmanship, missing or inadequate insulation, leaky duct work, failed building materials, and much more.

Moisture damage is the most common form of deterioration for a residential building. The typical causes of moisture damage are design flaws, construction defects, and roof or plumbing leaks which allows for the intrusion of water. Moisture damage frequently shows up at doors and windows. Faulty installation is usually, but not always, the cause. Many times the area of damage is quite removed from the source. This is because water runs down hill and where it intrudes is often not where it ends up.

A Jersey First infrared moisture scan of a building is a scan of the interior for moisture. Using infrared technology allows Jersey First to see moisture problems that are otherwise hidden to the human eye. We examine the targeted areas and produce a report for the client. The report contains information about any problems or issues discovered, along with infrared and digital images of findings.