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Blog #020 – Your THERMOGRAPHY COMFORT LEVEL – Why use infrared for home inspections? (2/16)

To answer that question we have to ask “Why do people choose to get a home inspection before buying a house?”  It’s to reduce the “RISK” factor.  The greater the investment, the greater the risk!  So, a trained home inspector offers a valuable product, his expertise in performing an examination of the building for possible problems.  The time to know about problems is obviously BEFORE the purchase so that problems can be negotiated in the price or can be repaired.  Home inspections are traditionally performed as a visual inspection with all of the limitations that come with visual inspections.  For example, can you, with your eyes, detect possible missing insulation?  No!  Can you, with your eyes, detect possible moisture issues in walls, floors, and ceilings if stains are not present or visible water is not present?  No!  And the person that hires a home inspector understands the limitations of a visual inspection.  That means that the reduction in “risk”, the thing that the customer is paying you for, is limited too.  What if you could further reduce your risk using a more in-depth inspection?  Does that sound attractive?  To many people it is not only attractive, but it is preferred.  The images below represent the results of two types of inspections:  visual inspection verses infrared inspection.  Which inspection would you want BEFORE you purchase this house?

Visual inspection.  No problems detected.

Visual inspection. No problems detected.

Infrared inspection.  Problems detected!  Taken with Fluke TiR1 infrared camera.
Infrared inspection. Problems detected! Taken with Fluke TiR1 infrared camera.

 

Visual inspection.  No problems detected.

Visual inspection. No problems detected.Infrared inspection. Problems detected. Taken with Fluke infrared camera.

Infrared inspection.  Problems detected.  Image taken with Fluke infrared camera.

Infrared inspection. Problems detected. Image taken with Fluke infrared camera.

One of the advantages in using this Fluke IR Fusion camera is that you can demonstrate the infrared capability verses the visual capability.  Present the images like I did above and let the customer see the value of infrared.  Hopefully your thermography comfort level is a little higher now.

How’s your comfort level in thermography?
(The above comments represent my opinion).

Rod Hoff / Restoration Consultants Inc
Thermography Instructor / IR camera sales
3284 Ramos Circle, Sacramento CA 95827
toll free 888-617-3266 ext 301
fax 916-736-1134
rhoff@restcon.com

Provider of Fluke TiS, TiR, TiR1, Ti, Ti25, TiR27, Ti27, TiR29, Ti29, TiR32, Ti32, TiR3, and TiR4 infrared cameras.

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About infrarod

Rod Hoff is a Thermographer and instructor with Restoration Consultants, Inc. He teaches a two-day IR class in moisture and building envelope investigations. A graduate from Florida State University, with a degree in education, he received his formal training in Thermography from Snell Infrared and Restoration Consultants, Inc.
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