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INFRARED

The Newest innovation in home inspections

Why use an Infrared Camera?

http://www.goldenstatehomeinspections.com/images/FlirB2Large.jpg Infrared cameras are the latest technology being used for fast, reliable, accurate building diagnosis in the entire range of building problems, from post-catastrophe fire and flood investigations to chronic leaks and moisture detection. Moisture in building materials can destroy structural integrity and nurture mold. The first step in moisture detection problem remediation is to quickly and accurately locate and remove all sources of moisture. By finding variations in temperature, Infrared cameras instantly show you what's wet and what's dry.

http://www.goldenstatehomeinspections.com/images/IRdog.jpg For example, an area that is damp from a plumbing leak will heat up at a different rate than a dry area. The variations in heat emitted can be easily detected with an Infrared Camera. IR cameras can often find the ultimate source with little or no physical disassembly of the premises and minimal disturbance of inhabitants. To illustrate how the infrared camera "sees" heat, Rosco (pictured at left) was kind enough to pose for a picture. As you can see, his nose, which is wet and cold, appears as blue and black while his eyes are white hot.

How do they work?

Thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. When two areas composed of the same or similar materials experience changing ambient temperatures, the area with the higher thermal mass will change slower. The first thing we do is turn on the heater to warm up the house. The dry areas with less thermal mass will warm up quickly. Areas with a higher thermal mass which may include damp areas will warm up slower, and these differences will be obvious when viewed through the Infrared camera.

Thermal, or infrared energy, is light that is not visible because its wavelength is too long to be detected by the human eye; it's the part of the electromagnetic spectrum that we perceive as heat. Unlike visible light, in the infrared world, everything with a temperature above absolute zero emits heat. Even very cold objects, like ice cubes, emit infrared. The higher the object's temperature, the greater the IR radiation emitted. Infrared allows us to see what our eyes cannot.

Infrared thermography, produces images of invisible infrared or "heat" radiation and provide precise non-contact temperature measurement capabilities.

Some of the more common infrared inspection applications include:

Infrared thermogoraphy is especially helpful in locating potential problems like electrical hazards and minor roof leaks before they get out of control. Our service can also assist with quality assurance by identifying missing insulation, plumbing leaks, and structural issues or defects. We can help to pinpoint troublesome issues such as roof leaks, plumbing leaks, and energy efficiency without the need for invasive or destructive investigations. Infrared technology can prove invaluable in saving time and revenue typically required to identify and correct these issues.

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. For example, if there has been no rain for several months, the infrared camera will not detect moisture from the roof leak since none is present.

 

Home Inspections covering the counties of the San Francisco Bay Area such as Solano County, through Contra Costa County , over to Napa County and Sonoma County, Down to Alameda County, San Mateo County and Santa Clara County to the Central Valley of Sacramento County, El Dorado County, and Placer County including Lake Tahoe Homes, and other counties such as Amador County to Calaveras County, Stanislaus County and San Joaquin County and Sutter County, Butte County, Lake County, Shasta County, Tehama County, Yolo County, Yuba County, Nevada County and Colusa County. This includes outlying areas for home inspection services.

Partial list of cities served: Sacramento, Roseville, Folsom, Granite Bay, Grass Valley, Auburn, Elk Grove, El Dorado Hills, Ranch Cordova, Placerville, Jackson, South Lake Tahoe, Nevada City, Davis, Woodland, Stockton, Lodi, Galt, Yuba City, Marysville, Vallejo, Vacaville, Fairfield, Concord, Walnut Creek, Napa, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, San Jose, Santa Clara, Modesto, Tracy, Pleasanton, Santa Rosa, San Rafael, San Francisco, Chico, Oroville, Red Bluff, Redding, Orland, Corning, Paradise.


Golden State Home Inspections LLC •3539 Bradshaw Road Ste B-168, Sacramento, CA 95827
Member of NACHI-National Association of Certified Home Inspectors
Ca. State Contractor License #913615
Phone: 800.441.0804 • Fax: 866.846.1085
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