Cornerstone uses thermal imaging technology primarily as a screening tool for moisture detection. Thermal inspections use infrared imaging to provide important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a building. Infrared can detect differences in temperature from one area of a house to another and help locate an abnormal moisture condition. These temperature variations can show up on the camera’s view screen as “cold” or “hot” spots and may reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection.
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These problems may include:
- Hidden moisture intrusion
- The moisture sources of mold
- Plumbing leaks
- Roof and ceiling leaks
Thermal imaging technology is used at the discretion of the inspector and may not be included on every inspection. Cornerstone does not conduct an energy audit as a part of a standard home inspection. The energy efficiency windows, doors and insulation is beyond the scope of a standard home inspection. If the energy efficiency of any component of a home is a concern, we recommend contacting a certified HERS rated home energy rater. There are limitations with thermal imaging technology. If a problem is suspected in any area of a home, direct visualization is always the best method of inspection. Problems may be concealed behind finished walls and ceilings and go undetected.