What is a Thermal Inspection?
A thermal inspection is a professional consulting service that determines the present condition of the property’s major systems; both inside and outside, based on a non-invasive, non-destructive inspection of accessible features. The inspection process uses a thermal camera to gather radiation signatures or variations that are far beyond the range of visible light. The infrared images are then analyzed and this data is what helps the Inspector detect problems before they become serious or even costly. Despite what you might have seen on television or in movies, thermal imaging cameras cannot see behind or through walls. Instead, they detect radiation variations related to heat and moisture along building surfaces.
If you are a homeowner, homebuyer, property manager, businessowner, or real estate investor, a thermal inspection would add an invaluable dimension to your property’s diagnostics and preventative maintenance program.
A thermal inspection could take up to four or more hours to complete and all thermal inspections are performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice published by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), and a copy of these standards can be found at the following link: PWGSC Thermography - Infrared (IR) Thermographic Investigation. The client is invited to participate in the inspection and to converse with the Inspector as the inspection progresses.