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Infrared Thermal Imaging Inspection in Sarasota​​

Type  Imagine being able to see inside the walls of a home you wanted to buy. While we don’t quite have x-ray vision yet, the inspectors at Only Choice Home Inspections LLC. do have the next-best thing, infrared vision, via a state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera. We include this technology in every inspection at no extra charge. Being able to see the hot spots and the cool spots helps us identify conditions from possible moisture leaks to missing insulation. When water gets inside your walls, your ceilings, or your floors, the damage can be enormous. Besides warping wood, rusting steel, and rotting fabrics, moisture can open the doorway to health-destroying organic growth inside your walls. With our infrared cameras, we can quickly and accurately find the cold areas that may indicate the presence of moisture. Below is a Thermal Image of water collecting in the ceiling of a home we’ve inspected. There were no other indications of a roof leak: (no water stains, or bubbled paint, or dripping water just a noticeable cool spot visible through the thermal imaging camera). An inspector without our technology would have missed this.

The Dangers of Electricity 

On the other extreme, hot spots can mean the potential for explosive harm to your house. Moisture is some nasty stuff, but it doesn’t compare to the horror of an electrical short-circuit that may burn your newly-purchased home to the ground. Our infrared technology may reveal any unwanted buildups of heat and sometimes even display exactly what it is that’s causing the problem. The pictures below shows indirect heating in the ceiling which can not be seen with the naked eye, and a circuit breaker that's over heating and can cause a fire.

This is How It Works​
Thermography shows you the difference between temperatures the same way that normal light shows you the difference between colors. On the screen of our Infrared cameras, the relative heat or coldness of surfaces can be seen clearly. Of course, a thermal camera is no guarantee that leaks don’t exist — for example, if there’s been a long dry season, any moisture from a roof leak may have dried out, preventing the camera from detecting it. Similarly, the camera doesn’t actually look through the walls or any other objects, it just shows differences in surface temperature that can indicate something is amiss on the other side. Objects like filing cabinets, dressers, or other furniture can block a thermographic camera’s image. This is a free service we do on every home inspection.