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Question: Do home inspectors typically use infrared technology to detect air leakage?
Top Answer (51% of 205 votes): No, but it can be done for additional charge.

Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Indicators may be discovered. A more technical inspection should be performed focusing on energy usage issues.
Reality Property Inspections
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Energy efficiency is outside the scope of a home inspection. Pointing out obvious problem areas, such as minimal attic insulation or older windows and doors should be included.
Safeguard Home Inspection, LLC
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Although some will do so, it is not normally done.
Moran Property Inspections
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Answer: Yes
Explanation: inspectors that do not use infrared will almost never find an air leak.
Homeinspections123
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: i do not use the camera unless there is a big red flag on insulation and air movement.
Property Repair Service & Inspections
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Yet I do to find hidden problems, moisture, rot, or insects etc.
North State Inspections
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: However, it is a real good idea to make sure that they have that capability. Here at Royalty Home Solutions, we have that capability.
Royalty Home Solutions, Inc
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Some do
Buckeye Inspection Services
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: depends on temp. differential
Huskey Home Inspection, LLC
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Answer: Yes
Explanation: Always
Allied Services Home Inspection
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Some inspection sev espana offer for additional fee.
Millyard Home Inspection
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: I am not qualified to perform those inspections.
Contractors Corp.
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Answer: Yes
Explanation: Well the good ones do. This brings another issue though. Not all infrared equiptment is the same and not all inspectors are trained to use it. For example in September of 2016 I was inspecting a property in down town Houston (new 3 stroy town home). The nieghboring property was also being inspected and the buyers were there before the inspector. We had a small conversation about home buying and they told me what sold them on their inspector was his use of thermal imaging. Fast forward a few hours and I notice their inspector performing his infrared scan...with an attachment on his iphone. Now while it is a cool novelty to have a thermal camera on ones phone it is not a professional grade instrument. I personally have several thousands of dollars invested in my thermal training and equiptment. Also, I feel as though many inspectors use infrared as a "short cut". Many say they can see moisture inside walls. Well I will be totally honest and tell you thats not true. The insepctors using infrared as a shortcut will decide that because the camera shows no difference in temperature there is no moisture. A more experianced inspector will go back over areas they suspect with a deep sensing moisture meter. Ask your insepctor questions about their equiptment and training.
Morrow Inspection Services, PLLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared technology is a great tool but is not usually part of a home inspection. Home inspectors that are using Infrared usually charge for the service due to the expense of the training and cost of the proper equipment. Air leakage test are usually done as part of a home energy audit.
Best Choice Inspections
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This is a extra cost for most inspectors
At Ease Home Inspection
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: We use infrared for much more than just air leakage issues. Great for detecting water and moisture problems.
Master Building Inspectors
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared scanning is not part of a standard home inspection.
House and Home Inspection Services
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Inspection companies may offer many extra types of inspections. None are right or wrong and if the buyer has any concerns about something in particular than additional inspection services are a good idea. A good standard inspection should exposed any major issues.
840 Inspections
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: This is not generally included as part of the basic home inspection.
J. Michael Simon, LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This is a newer aspect of home inspections and not generally included as part of the basic home inspection. We offer it as an additional inspection, for an additional charge.
Rightway Residential Home Inspections
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: I include this and would recommend regardless of who you use, require it be done by someone who know how to use the equipment.
Everest Home Inspectors
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This is fairly new to the industry and it takes time to learn and perfect.
Your Home Property Consultants
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Not at this time
House detective
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: A Balance Home Inspection does use infrared technology, but this is offered at an additional service.
A Balance Home Inspection
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This service is considered an ancillary service.
Rife Home Inspections LLC
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: This is not usually provided in a standard inspection.
Coast Home Inspection
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: some inspectors charge extra for this service. We included it in the service and the report
A & H PROPERTIES
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Some inspectors use them to find moisture problems without an additional fee. Some inspectors charge extra for more in-depth use of infrared cameras. These cameras cost thousands of dollars and expensive training.
Corley Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: most do not have the technology
G M M Property Inspections
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: We use infrared thermometers to detect temperature differentials.
Hancock Consulting & Inspections, PLLC
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Not usually done, but some inspectors do that.
JKM Home Inspections
Answer: Yes
Explanation: Infrared (IR) or thermography inspections are great for detecting moisture, missing insulation and air leakage especially when used in conjunction with a "blower door". There is an additional charge for this added service.
Brighton Home Inspection
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: See website for thermal imaging options.
Certipro Home Inspections
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: It is not required that a home inspector have any training in infrared technology in AZ. The cost of this service (if offered) would most likely be an additional charge to the client.
Legacy Home Inspection & Appraisal LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Energy audit is an specialty inspection and it's not part of the comprehensive home inspection.
A Closer Look Property Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Many companies have the capability and at an additional charge can use infrared technology.
Higher Standards Property Solutions LLC
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Infrared technology is beyond the scope of a home inspection.
MC2 Home Inspections LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared photography is a specialized type of inspections and the inspector who uses it should be certified and have the appropriate level of training and education.
Wilson Property Inspection, LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared technology can be done for additional fees normally.
Kgm home inspections
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Usually costs more for this service
Valley Home Inspectors LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: We use infrared technology for finding moisture and other defects. Air leakage is usually part of a energy audit
Gate House Watch and Inspection Service
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Thermography is the latest technology being used to find insulation gaps, hot wires in double taps, water leaks, and of course air leakage. It is a bonus to the buyer for an inspector to include this in their report.
Inspections by Randall LLC
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: As an emerging technology I can see it being used more in the future.
Powell Home Inspection LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared is not typically included in a home inspection.
Thill Home Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: But we do use this and do not charge additional.
Camelot home inspections
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: not part of home inspection
Cornish Home Inspections, Inc.
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: The inspector should have training in infrared technology before using to inspect a house system. This is an should be an additional fee.
1st Choice Home Inspections
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared scanning is typically for energy inspection.
Carolina Regional Inspection Services
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Combustible gas, CO, Temperature and moisture meters are use in all standard inspections
Professional Home Inspection Services LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Thermal imaging can be used to indicate deficiencies in insulation at an additional fees.
NK Home Inspection
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Buyers discression
Commonwealth Inspections
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This is usually conduted by a Building Performance Analyst.The ThermalImaging/Infrared Test is also conducted by a Certified Level 1 Thermographer WHICH I AM. This is a Very Unique area of Expertise as some home inspectors think that by pointing the camera they can actually undersatnd what they are veiwng for an additional cost to the home buyer. The fact is you need to go to school and learnb how to not only use it but interprete its findings onto a report. An Individual that really Does NOT know anything and pertennds he/she does comes in with a $1500 or less camera. The Camaeras we use start at $8,500 and are the best out there to date.
350 Energy Conservation Agency, Corp.
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: this is usually in an energy audit.
Texas Mold Consultants
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared technology is new to the industry, and quite expensive, but can usually be done for an additional charge through various components, not strictly limited to air leakage.
Home Fax Inspections
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: this would be an example of a secondary service. With that said, an inspector with a building background should be able to educate the buyer relative to leakage issues.
KJ Wood Home Inspections
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Ask questions of what is included in an inspection, lead paint testing, radon, water quality, septic inspection, heat efficiency etc are all extra services for additional fees
JDM.Services
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Thermal Imaging is not required by the Standards of Practice in Texas, but some inspectors do have the equipment and training to offer this service. Be sure to ask if the inspector is certified to operate and interpret thermal imaging equipment. Knowing how to accurately diagnose thermal images is a unique skill set.
Axiom Inspections pllc
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: We offer it at an additional charge.
Black Hills Thermal Imaging / Black Hills Professional Home Inspections
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: I do perform Infrared (Thermal) Inspections for an additional fee.
Massachusetts Home Inspections
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Some do for an additional charge but a close look at items such as windows and doors can tell me if air leakage/ heat loss will be significant. The age of the home is also a factor. Older homes, 50+ years will have a noticeable amount of air leakage, newer homes can be very air tight.
Home Detectives
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: It's a good service to offer.
Mill River Home Inspections Inc.
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Home inspections are visual. It is beyond the scope to use infrared. Generally old homes were built without wall insulation so they do leak. Fancy equipment isn't needed to determine that. A water leak inside the wall would have other less technical evidence like wet or stained drywall.
A Lady Home Inspection Service
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: The cameras are $20,000 and up. Not really worth the costs for a basic inspection since SC does not require this. Worth about $500.00 per infrared report.
Adam & Eave Properties, Inc.
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