Thermography (or infrared imaging) is a non-invasive tool that uses an infrared camera to produce images (thermograms) that show the patterns of heat and heat loss in a house.
While a tool hasn’t been developed that sees through walls, thermal imaging can still bring a great deal of value to your home inspection. Infrared technology is a noninvasive way to pinpoint issues that relate to heat discrepancies, like leaks, plumbing issues, and electrical malfunctions.
Anyone can pick up a thermal camera but only a certified thermographer has been trained to recognize the data.
CMHI offers a certified thermographer inspection.
Even current homeowners with no intentions of selling would benefit from having a thermal inspection done. Infrared technology is a good addition to a visual inspection and doesn't negate the need for an inspector with experience and knowledge of all systems that make up a home. As always, choose wisely!