The stupid criminal's tips for surviving thermal imaging

Thermal imaging is one of the most powerful technologies ever developed to enhance human vision.




Thermal Imaging Disclaimer:
Thermal inspections are ancillary and are not part of a standard home inspection. Without a THERMAL IMAGING ADDENDUM AGREEMENT for your inspection, thermal images are not required.

If some thermography images are included in your inspection report, they are provided as a courtesy, are limited to certain portions of the home and should not be considered as part of a full-home thermal imaging inspection. The inspector chooses the portions of the home to be scanned or photographed and photographs are included in the report at the Inspectors sole discretion.

An infrared thermal imaging survey is available as an ancillary service if requested. Call the inspector for details, 508-679-4118.

More about the infrared thermal imaging process: 


Infrared (ir) Thermal Survey:

Thermograph photos are taken of suspect ceilings, walls & electrical components. Each Anomaly that is revealed is thermally recorded as an image, confirmed if possible with other devices and analyzed.
Recommendations are made for repairs, improvements and further analysis.


Optimal Conditions:

It is up to the experienced home inspector to determine the optimal conditions needed to perform an infrared thermal imaging process. Optimal thermal images require larger differences in temperature (Delta-T) from the exterior to the interior of the building. Earlier or later hours of the day will usually produce higher Delta-T. Hot weather with air conditioning operating or cold weather with the heating system operating will produce

higher Delta-T, therefore,  the more destinct it showes on the thermography (infrared photo). 

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 temperatures revealed on thermal images to be different at any given time.

Infrared imaging is a looking-glass of infrared energy which provides important information relating to otherwise inaccessible areas of a residential building. Infrared detects extremely small but crucial differences in temperature from one area of a house to another. These temperature variations show up on the cameras view screen as "cold" or "hot" spots, which reveal hidden problems that often cannot be detected in the course of a traditional visual inspection.

Anomalies may reveal things that otherwise may not be seen with the naked eye alone.
Such anomalies that may be revealed are:

  • Missing, inadequate or out of place building insulation.

  • Water intrusion and condensation leaks which can produce mold & mildew growth.

  • Rodents and other pests living within the walls & ceilings.

  • Air infiltration to the home from deficient windows, doors & attic access points.

  • Overheating faulty electrical components (a fire hazard). 

  • Wet structural components from wood to soil contact, inadequate roof drainage system, a leaky roof or ice damming.

  • Pipe and duct work leaks


Normally, our vision is limited to a very small portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. Thermal energy has a much longer wavelength than visible light. So long, in fact, that the human eye can't even see it, just like we can't see radio waves.

With thermal imaging, the portion of the spectrum we perceive is dramatically expanded, helping us "see" heat. Visible light doesn't affect the thermal world, so you can see equally well in highly lit and totally dark environments.

The FLIR ONE™ thermal camera allows us to see things the naked eye could never perceive on its own.


An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.


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

  • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;

  • damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;

  • air-conditioner compressor leaks;

  • under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and

  • broken seals in double-paned windows.

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

  • plumbing leaks;

  • hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;

  • missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and

  • water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.

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

  • circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement;

  • overloaded and undersized circuits;

  • overheated electrical equipment and components;  and

  • electrical faults before they cause a fire.

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

  • possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;

  • the presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and

  • dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.






If interested in an Infrared Thermal Survey scan of some of the components of your home, give me a call.

I have a 3 step process.


  1. We can discuss the issues at hand to help determine if the thermal imaging path is necessary.

  2. Set up a 'Consultation visit' to observe, gather information with the goal to analize the issue.

  3. Make recommendations and if necessary, use thermal imaging under natural or minipulated conditions followed by verification to help analize the anomaly.


 Call me: 508-679-4118

STEP 1. Fill in the No-Obligation appointment form to generate pricing & availability!

STEP 2. Call the inspector for confirmation.