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Priority Home Inspections offers advantages to you over typical home inspection companies that lack our Infrared Thermal Imaging (ITI) Technology. In fact, fewer than five percent of home inspection companies even have thermal imaging technology. 

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Using thermal imaging technology can help us find defects that are not visible with the human eye. This technology could potentially save you hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars in costly repairs by identifying numerous problems such as:

Electrical faults before they cause a fire, overloaded and undersized circuits, circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement, missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation, heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, windows and doors, Thermal imaging can detect water and moisture intrusion that could lead to mold, possible pest infestation, hidden roof leaks, before they cause serious and costly damage, air conditioner compressor leaks, under fastening and/or missing framing members, structural defects, broken seals in double pane windows, energy loss and efficiency, dangerous flue leaks, damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems, unknown plumbing leaks and overheated equipment and more.


Because everything has a surface temperature, ITI technology allows us to see the variances in those surface temperatures. The variances are represented by different color tones with the color black representing the coldest temperatures and the color white representing the hottest temperatures. Any color in the red, orange and yellow hues represents warmth while color in the green, purple and blue hues represents cooler temperatures.


A wall leak caught with themal imaging.

The unique aspect of seeing surface temperature variances is that such variances can be caused by issues that may lie below the surface of a floor, behind a wall, or above a ceiling - places that are "out of sight". Also, surface temperature variances can be caused by airflow such as cold air seeping under a door or cold air leaking from central air ducts. The air itself changes the surface temperature of objects that come in contact with the air.

Surface temperatures can also be changed by living organisms such as mold, mildew and household pests. Because these organisms often thrive in places that cannot be seen by the naked eye (such as behind walls), the use of thermal imaging technology allows us to pinpoint exactly where a problem area is in your home without the need for any immediate invasive damage to the structure of your home.

Finally, thermal imaging technology allows us to more-accurately identify damage to your potential home's electrical systems. By being able to pinpoint "hot spots" in fuse boxes and household wiring, we can provide you and your electrician with detailed imagery that will help the electrician to identify defects and make repairs more quickly to save you money.

Thermal Breaker
The breaker in the lower right was rated for 15 amps, but the circuit was serving a newly installed furnace blower motor that was rated for 20 amps of load. Undetected, this problem could have caused serious damage. A good home inspector would probably have found this problem, but thermal imaging can find it quicker.

In short, thermal imaging technology is purposefully designed to provide you with a higher level of service by detecting defects that cannot be seen with a standard visual home inspection or the human eye alone. 

Thermal Imaging helps in detecting small problems sooner so that they don't become expensive or unmanageable problems that can affect your family's health or your financial well-being after you purchase and move in to the home.

The home you are about to purchase is likely one of your largest investments.  The additional cost of a thermal imaging survey is not relevant to compared to the price of the home and can potentially save you thousands of dollars in costly repairs. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call anytime, we are here to help.

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