The inspection industry has many tricks of the trade, but perhaps none is as technologically cutting-edge and versatile as the infrared (IR) camera. Learn about its history and its many on-the-job applications, even beyond energy audits, in IR Cameras: An Overview for Inspectors.
Chimneys made from bricks or stone may look sturdy but few building components can crush a building so suddenly and without warning. Especially in seismically active regions, chimney inspection should be performed routinely to check for separation from the building, loose mortar, mechanical damage and undersized footings. To read more, check out our new article, Chimney Inspection: Preventing Collapse
Pilot lights are responsible for a large amount of unnecessary fuel consumption and they can cause fires, too. Did you know that they can even cause insecticide “bug bombs” to detonate and demolish a building? To find out how they work, their dangers and alternatives, check out our new article on pilot lights.
Infrared cameras are not just for energy audits. They can also be used for standard commercial and home inspections. Because thermal imaging captures temperature differences and displays them on a gradient color scale — with hot spots shown as bright colors, and cool and wet spots shown as dark colors — using an IR camera for electrical inspections is useful for detecting and locating potentially hazardous conditions before they result in a failure or a dangerous electrical fire. Read about this application in IR Cameras: Electrical Inspections.
Do you know that there are two kinds of smoke alarms and they differ in their performance based on the type of fire they’re exposed to? Do you know the most common reasons why smoke alarms fail, or where they should be located in the home? If you don’t, be sure to read our new article on smoke alarm inspection.
The government has the right to seize real estate from private owners and use the land for public use through the law of eminent domain. Homeowners are often powerless in these situations, but they can prevent their homes from being declared “blighted”, so that they’re harder to seize. Blighted properties lack adequate ventilation, sanitation, electricity and utilities, pose a fire hazard or are otherwise unsafe. To find out more about the law of eminent domain, how it affects homeowners and what they can do about it, check out our new article on eminent domain.
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Thermal imaging has many applications in commercial and home inspections. In addition to documenting air leaks and moisture problems in the interior, an IR camera can be used to find hidden moisture problems at the roof’s exterior. Read about how they work and optimal inspection conditions in IR Cameras: Inspecting Roofs.
Gases from the sewer are extremely toxic, foul and even explosive. One of its constituent gases is so dangerous that it’s actually used as a chemical weapon while another is so heavy that it will quickly displace oxygen and suffocate anyone nearby. In most cases, these gases remain in the sewer, but they can enter the living space through dried out plumbing fixtures, plumbing cracks and other sources. To find out more about the danger, how it arises and what to do about it, please read out new article on sewer gases in the home.
Thermal imaging has many applications in home inspections and energy audits. For inspecting for moisture intrusion, an IR camera, coupled with a moisture meter, can help the inspector find even the not-so-obvious problem areas before they can create significant damage to the home. Read all about it in IR Cameras: Inspecting for Moisture Intrusion.