Thermal Imaging

ir Thermal imaging is a technology that allows CFM Home Inspections to show you things about your home or commercial building that are not possible to achieve using other inspection methods. Thermography is a “heat diagram” or a visible picture using the infrared spectrum of light. This imaging technique is a powerful and noninvasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings. IR inspections can provide immediate documentation of as-built and post-restoration conditions, post-casualty cause and origin data, plumbing and building envelope water leakage, post-flood and fire/water damaged material assessment that could lead to mold, energy inefficiency (missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation, heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors) and electrical problems (Electrical faults before they cause a fire, overloaded and undersized circuits, circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement). Thermal imaging home inspections help diagnose the problem rather than merely identify symptoms. The test results are based on the readings obtained from the test equipment operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s operating procedures. These results may not be definitive and have not been verified. The results are to be utilized as indicators of adverse conditions based upon differential measurements taken. These are non-intrusive inspection devices intended to extend our ability to detect conditions within this limited non-intrusive inspection. Our goal at CFM Home Inspections is to provide testing which verifies latent conditions which would otherwise be inaccessible without destructive and intrusive inspection procedures which is outside the scope of this inspection. The content of this report describes the condition of the inspected property at the time and date of the inspection only. It is possible that the current conditions at the time of inspection will not be favorable to identify all thermal anomalies at all times. Without knowing specifically what we are looking for, timing of the inspection or control of the test conditions may not be favorable to detect all issues. This report should not be considered a warranty or insurance of any kind. Thermal imaging services do NOT include any inspections, examinations, testing or evaluations for harmful, dangerous, or toxic substances or materials or environmental hazards including but not limited to: mold, bio-aerosols, radon, lead, asbestos, non-biological airborne particulates, contaminants, petroleum products, petrochemicals, radioactive materials, electromagnetic radiation, plant, animal, or insect secretions or excretions. Infrared cameras are not moisture meters but can aid in identifying areas that warrant further investigation.

NOTE: Thermal images of moisture problems (if any) will be confirmed with a quality moisture meter and proper repairs should only be done by a qualified Professsional. Moisture can be conducive to fungi-mold, decay and wood destroying insects that cannot always be seen. Also remember that more repair items may be discovered during the process of further evaluations and repairs of any item listed.

NOTE: Although Infrared Thermal Imaging is a far better diagnostic tool than the naked eye, it does not guarantee 100% accuracy, unless removal or destruction of components can be achieved to validate findings. When possible, other tools are used to verify Thermal Images, but even with these considerations we do not claim to have x-ray vision. Conditions may change and cause the apparent temperature readings revealed in Thermal Images to be different at any given time.