Home inspections have always been an integral part of the home purchasing process. This is because you need to know what issues you will be facing when you purchase your new home. However, in the past a survey have been limited by an inability to access the space between your walls, the roof space or even your attic; if you don’t have access to it.
Put simply, it was not possible to check what you could not see despite the fact that this was most likely to be the problem area. Of course, serious structural problems can usually be seen, but what about if you are purchasing a home just before they become obvious?
You will be relying on the dilapidation report to tell you about the state of a property at a specific given time. The thermography building inspection can tell you so much more.
What Is A Thermography Building Inspection?
This type of inspection uses the same technology that night vision goggles use. In effect it allows you to see the heat in your home.
Heat emits an infrared signal which is detected and shown by the building inspector. They will then be able to produce a chart which shows the warmest areas of the house and the coldest. Hot is red, fading into orange, green and finally blue.
Why This Is So Important
Moisture holds heat better than dry air or materials. This means that if a heat build-up is detected in a specific place in the walls or roof then there is likely to be moisture getting into the building. This can also be done from the outside of the home allowing you to assess if moisture is an issue and where it is most likely to be originating from.
In addition the heat sensors will show where heat is escaping from; this will show you how much insulation there is and whether there are any problems with the walls or roof, particularly in terms of heat and water entry / exit.
Scanning both sides of each wall will allow the inspector to generate a 3D image of the issue; this will help to ensure you identify the issue correctly. You can even use the device to measure distances! This will assist you in verifying dimensions and locating the issues.
The real benefit of this technology is twofold:
A routine yearly inspection will highlight any issues with your home. This will allow you to deal with them before they become a major problem. You’ll be able to save money by dealing with heat loss issues and prevent damp damage; which can ruin your foundations.
Knowing the exact state of the building before you purchase it will allow you to adjust your offer to an appropriate figure. This will save you money on the purchase and hopefully give you the funds necessary to complete the necessary repairs.
The cost of a thermography building inspection will quickly be recovered when you deal with a problem immediately, instead of finding out about it in the future.