Infrared technology, while it sounds futuristic, is really here today and it’s in compact, portable form. It’s also become the cutting-edge technology in the home inspection industry as it’s the best way to see the condition of any property without having to destroy parts of it to get a look inside.
If you want the most complete home inspection you can get, you can’t go wrong with an infrared home inspection and it’s great to do before you sell a home too. You’ll already know what the real problems are and you can fix them before you put your home up for sale.
Here are the top 3 defects found by infrared home inspectors, but keep in mind: these are just the top 3 … we typically find lots more!
1. Roof leaks
Roof leaks on residential properties can be caused by a number of factors, but the most common are:
Old or damaged flashing
It’s important to understand that a roof – even one that’s poorly installed – does a pretty good job of keeping a home dry. That is, until we get a heavy rainstorm or a lot of snow – both of which are typical for Illinois. Roof flashing can be leaking just a little bit for a long time. The damage in the short-term can be wet insulation and wet insulation is no insulator at all, so that means energy loss. In the long-term, flashing leaks can cause rot.
No matter why the roof is leaking, you’ll know far more about the leak, how to locate it, and how extensive the damage is with an infrared home inspection. A traditional home inspection would have to remove shingles or more to get the information we get with a single infrared picture.
2. Water penetration
Most damp basements, garages, crawl spaces and more are the direct result of water penetration, which is a significant problem. Some of the most common reasons for water penetration in this area include:
Run-off from the street or other properties flows unobstructed against the home
Subgrade basement entries or window wells with clogged drains
Surface drains, catch basins and underground lines that are saturated or clogged
High indoor humidity that leads to condensation on cool surfaces
Water intrusion affects many homes in the Elgin, Algonquin, Schaumburg, and St. Charles area and often it’s simply the result of rainwater or snow melt run-off that accumulates around the perimeter of the home and eventually seeps through the foundation walls or cracks.
A home inspection enhanced with infrared will find the damage more quickly and you won’t have to wait for the cracks to appear or the mold to become apparent.
3. Leaking fixtures and appliances
Water damage is one of the most destructive forces to homes and a top cause of home repair expenses. Unfortunately, it’s often late when the problem is discovered and homeowners can’t avoid costly repairs.
Some of the most common leaks found with infrared home inspections include:
Loosely mounted toilets
Leaks behind the shower or tub
Leaking refrigerator and/or icemaker
Home inspections enhanced with infrared can identify the leaks that a traditional visual-only home inspector simply cannot. Leaks aren’t just a problem for the destruction they cause, they also encourage the development of dangerous mold that can potentially cause serious and long-term health problems. Most homeowner’s insurance policies do not cover mold or fungus damage, so it’s important to identify it quickly and eliminate the problem.
You can see some examples of moisture intrusion images of issues found during infrared inspections in our area.
Andrew MacDonald can help ensure that your home – one you’re buying or one you own already – is free of issues that can cause costly repairs down the road. Give him a call today at 888.852.8298 to schedule your infrared home inspection today.