As part of Chris Nowlings on going commitment to detail and reliability for my Home Inspection Clients, he is now offering a valuable preventive & predictive maintenance option called Infrared Inspections, also known as Thermal Imaging. The basic premise behind the discipline is that all objects above absolute zero give off invisible infrared radiation. The technology was developed in the 1950’s for the military (night vision). It has only been in recent years that the technology was refined into a hand held system, allowing it to migrate into the Residential and Commercial inspection profession. In the hands of a Certified, Trained and Experienced Thermographer (such as Chris Nowling), an infrared camera allows Chris to detect hidden issues behind finished surfaces of any building by evaluating the camera’s images & temperature readings and then interpreting these readings directly to you.
Infrared Thermography is one of the fastest growing forms of “non-destructive” testing in the world today. This outstanding technology gives me the ability to observe conditions that may be going on in the walls & ceilings in a way that has never been possible in the past. It allows Chris to see things such as moisture problems, missing insulation, HVAC air duct leaks in walls & floor cavities, and under the right conditions even termite activity. Hot water pipes can also be located under concrete slabs (unless the concrete is covered with carpeting), this means that if there are leaks in the hot water piping under the slab, they can be detected and located. The technology is fantastic at finding leaks on flat roofs.
Without utilizing my infrared camera, there may be hidden defects that would normally go undetected in the course of my standard visual inspection. Thermal imaging allows me to easily locate an array of hidden building conditions with astonishing speed and accuracy.
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Many inspectors “farm” out their termite inspections to pest control companies. In our opinion this is a conflict of interest since the pest control company can bid on services that they recommend during the inspection. The pest control company is more interested in selling a $500.00-900.00 termite treatment than collecting a $50.00 inspection fee. Chris is licensed by the Structural Pest Control Board (CA license #0561310) and performs his own (WDI) termite inspections. Business License #0707925