Western States Inspection Authority

IR Thermal Imaging Inspections

Infrared scanning can detect hidden deficiencies in building insulation, roof systems, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical, plumbing, and more. Building inspectors rely upon infrared to detect hidden deficiencies in building insulation, roof systems, heating and air conditioning systems, electrical, plumbing, and more. Infrared scanning is a GREEN choice for energy savings.

Western States Inspection's thermal camera inspection services are cost effective and proven for identifying issues that may not be visible or noticeable from the exterior of a building. Since homes built today have a life expectancy of 30+ years through mid tier pricing and quality assurance inspection procedures you need a non-invasive approach to quickly find problems within an existing structure or new construction.

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Why Home Inspections are important for home buyers.

Infrared Thermal Imaging is a great way to find problems with a house or building that otherwise won’t show up in the standard inspection. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports generated for standard inspections. The inspectors use infrared cameras to reveal hidden problems with the home or buildings. Properly conducted, infrared inspections of homes, buildings, and other structures provide valuable information that can be incorporated into the main inspection report. Properly conducting a Thermal Imaging Inspection requires specialized knowledge. It’s not just a matter of turning on the equipment and taking pictures. To get to the results you want, and give client reports of maximum use, there are important steps that must be taken in preparing for the inspection.

Taking measurements with a camera, analyzing data collected during an inspection, and reporting the findings is all included in the inspection. The most common uses for Infrared Inspections are improving power efficiency, finding cold or hot spots, locating air leaks, diagnosing plumbing leaks, verifying that electrical panels function as they should, and verifying that backup generators are fully functional.

3D Infrared Inspection vs. 2D Infrared Inspection

Western States Inspection has been helping homeowners avoid expensive surprises after the 11th month of residing in your new home. We provide warranty inspection reports for HOA associations, realtors, investors, and other clients who are interested in providing their clients with a higher level of peace of mind. We however do not repair the existing problems in the house during the warranty inspection of your house. This means our builder’s liability inspector is well versed in finding just about any defect and will quickly identify even the most minor structural problems. We give a detailed report of the underlying issues identified in your home which can be then given to the builder. Once a home inspector inspects the property, a homeowner can then turn their report over to the builder for repairs based on the home warranty. This timely warranty inspection can save you a lot of money and give you peace of mind.


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How Thermal Imaging Can Make A Difference In Your Life

People aren’t normally able to see these things without tearing apart the building itself – which isn’t always ideal or possible with certain structures. Thermal imaging is an advanced, non-invasive technology used by home inspectors that helps identify defects in building materials, water intrusion, air leakage, and other flaws typically invisible to the naked eye. Infrared (thermal) imaging is a technology that generates an image of thermal radiation emitted from objects under inspection. These images depend on several factors related to the emission and transmission of thermal radiation, such as the difference in temperatures. Infrared imaging can help a homeowner realize there's a problem before they are affected by it.

In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:

  • Heat loss, air infiltration, and moisture-related damage to homes. 
  • Identify malfunctioning radiant heating systems.
  • Air-conditioner compressor leaks.
  • Potential energy loss and thermal abnormalities.
  • Broken seals in double paned windows.

In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can detect:

  • Hidden water, moisture, air leaks, and other energy-wasting flaws in buildings. 
  • Damage in walls and roofs in time to make repairs.
  • Plumbing leaks. 
  • Indicate significant water damage behind wallboard, insulation, and other finished surfaces.

IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:

  • Detects overloaded and undersized circuits. 
  • Detecting electric faults.
  • Equipment and components that are overheated.
  • Immediate replacement of damaged circuit breakers.

Based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:

  • Cost-effective methods of locating a pest problem by wood-destroying insects.
  • Infrared thermal imaging is a methodology for detecting temperature differentials. It can tell us where living creatures are located and whether they are mammals like rats and mice or insects.
  • Danger from carbon monoxide poisoning from propane or kerosene space heaters to heat your home.

Standard Images with Infrared Images

Our report is well-organized and easy to understand. The Inspector provides standard digital images side by side with your infrared images. This gives clients an accurate point of reference for the infrared data, which is essential for mapping out improvements and repairs.

Interpreting the Data

Our infrared thermal imaging services will help you avoid headaches and streamline your project planning. We’ll work fast to make sure your reports are delivered on time, and with the expertise that only comes from years of experience. The infrared thermal imaging report will be delivered to the client often within 48 hours of completing the testing.



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