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Infrared Inspections

What is Infrared?
Thermography and Infrared Light

Infrared light or thermography is the use of an infrared imaging and measurement camera to "see" and "measure" thermal energy emitted from an object. 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.

Click on infrared images below to view standard digital images.

Rotting deck support

Air and Water leaks in ceiling

Some of the benefits of Infrared inspections are:
  • An infrared scan can detect problems quickly, without disruption of service. Thermal imagers are a valuable tool in predictive maintenance of electrical, mechanical, and structural systems, to detect problems, prevent downtime, guide corrective action, and increase work safety.
  • Thermal imaging is the easiest and quickest method to detect energy waste, moisture and electrical issues in buildings. An infrared scan shows exactly where the problems are and helps focus the inspectors' attention allowing him or her to properly diagnose areas with energy loss.
  • Buildings may be quickly and thoroughly scanned, identifying problem areas that can't be seen by the naked eye.
  • Excessive air leakage can account for up to half of the energy consumed to condition buildings. The leakage pathway is often complex and, without thermal imaging, extremely difficult to visualize.
  • Poor or inadequate insulation, moisture, building envelope leaks, and substandard work are costly to residential and commercial building owners.

Uses for Infrared Thermography
Condition Based Maintenance

Click on infrared images below to view standard digital images.

Water leak in roof-deck

Saturated Wall

Condition monitoring to optimize maintenance, and keep production running at the lowest cost.

Electrical Systems
  • Panels
  • Circuitry, light switches and receptacles
  • Electric motors (pumps)
Mechanical Systems
  • Locate radiant heating wires, pipes, tubing
  • Check for temperature distribution
  • Check for leaks in in-floor hot water heating systems
Building Envelopes and Structures
  • Thermal heat loss inspections
  • Moisture ingress
  • Fire or flood restoration
  • Locate missing or damaged insulation
  • Locate air infiltration areas
Roofing Systems
  • Flat roof leak detection for houses, condos. And other types of buildings.
Click on infrared images below to view standard digital images.

Water ingress - Exterior

Water ingress - ceiling and wall

Water ingress - Beam

How Do Infrared Inspections work?
  • We offer FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared) inspections as a stand alone inspection (no home inspection), or as an add-on to a home or other inspection.
  • You or your realtor contacts us, and requests an infrared inspection at the same time as you book any of our other inspection services.
  • We email you the report, and our findings generally with 2-3 business days for all types of reports other than a Pre-purchase Home Inspection, which is delivered generally within 24 hrs of completing the inspection.

To book your infrared inspection in Vancouver, call us at 604.271.2005 or book an inspection online.

Our Vancouver home inspectors service Metro Vancouver, Coquitlam, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey, Delta, Langley, and the Gulf Islands on special request.

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CPBC Lic# 47377
National Certificate Holder #00338
ITC Certified Level I Thermographer #800318

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