Benefits of Infrared Testing for Homeowners
Being a homeowner certainly has its perks, but any first-time property owner should know that it’s not all black and white. There are quality considerations and questions you’ll need to ask, both before you purchase and after the fact. For instance, “Is your roof leaking?”, “Is the insulation evenly installed?” and “Are there any problems with the plumbing systems?”.
These are all problems that aren’t immediately visible to you when you’re looking at purchasing a home, and can also arise as time passes. You may not even know they’re there, but through the colourful lens of infrared, you can confront these problems head-on.
How Infrared inspections work
Everything creates a heat signature, and even the absence of one can be indicative of a problem. Infrared inspections involve using thermographic scanning and thermographic equipment to pick up heat signatures, and while they may not immediately indicate the cause of a problem, it can be used as a diagnostic and detection tool.
Something else that may leave you more inclined towards infrared inspections is that they are non-invasive and quick to perform. There’s no detriment to a homeowner or estate agent to allow an infrared thermographer on their property, and can be done quickly and efficiently in conjunction with a tour or other maintenance routines.
Here are a few other benefits from incorporating thermal imaging inspections into your home maintenance and quality checks:
Avoid Unwanted Surprises
There are risks that come with any purchase, but it’s considerably more costly to experience buyers regret with something like a house. It’s all very exciting to be shown around what looks like your dream home by a real estate agent, but hiding in plain sight can be costly problems that you’ll need to fix. Problems like nests of termites, roof leaks, uneven underfloor heating, and plumbing problems incur additional costs that you might not be able to afford.
But with the help of infrared technology, you can avoid nasty surprises and detect them before you make your purchase. Infrared photography picks up issues you or the estate agent may not see or be aware of, so you can make an informed decision about your purchase.
Avoid Extensive Property Damage
When a problem like leaks or termites are allowed to run rampant and undetected in your home, the damages can rack up significantly, spreading undetected until suddenly it’s large enough to be noticeable and problematic. Termites can even cause structural damage, which costs a considerable amount to repair, and leaks deteriorate building materials and can even cause problems to electrics. Routine infrared inspections can pick up leaks and infestations before they become bigger problems down the line.
Nip Electrical Problems in the Bud
Homeowners should do return maintenance on their homes, just like one would with their car. With the guidance of thermal imaging, you can formulate strategic maintenance plans that most effectively uphold the integrity of your home. You won’t need to do frequent fixes when a new leak or fracture is discovered, and you won’t need to guess where the problem areas in the structure of your home are.
Reap the Benefits of Infrared Inspections
Infrared camera equipment is simple enough to use with the right training, allowing you to take your home inspection into your own hands. But with the help of trained thermographic inspectors, you can rest assured no problem will go undetected or become convoluted by inexperience.
If you need the assistance of a trained team of specialists, feel free to contact us for assistance; Thermografix Maintenance Solutions has years of experience servicing both the Western Cape and the rest of South Africa, offering infrared inspection services for a number of industries and specializations. Not only can we operate thermographic equipment, but we can read thermographic readings and assist with diagnostics in a myriad of field