At MasterCraft Home Inspections, we are always looking for ways to utilize new technology to improve the quality and detail of our inspections. Starting in 2010, we utilize an infrared camera in all of our inspections. The infrared camera is extremely sensitive to temperature differences in the structural and mechanical systems, and using this device can pinpoint such problems as moisture in walls and ceilings, electrical problems, and insufficient insulation in the building envelope.
Below are some sample pictures taken with the infrared camera and an explanation of the types of problems that can be found using the camera which may not otherwise be detected.
One of the breakers in the electrical panel was overheating. This could lead to a fire starting in the panel, and would not normally be detected without an infrared camera.
Areas of the ceiling have minimal or missing insulation and appear as a hot spot. These may be in parts of the attic which are not accessible and could lead to higher energy bills.
The ceiling in the bathroom had a wet spot due to a leaking galvanized pipe in the ceiling. There was no visual evidence of moisture at the time of the inspection.
The interior wall in the utility room contained moisture from a leaking washing machine valve. The darker blue area is indicative of a cooler temperature due to the moisture in the wall.