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Question: Do home inspectors typically use infrared technology to detect air leakage?
Top Answer (49% of 224 votes): No, but it can be done for additional charge.

Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Infrared technology is a specialty service that has its own certification.
Pinkerton Inspection Agency LLC
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: I will reply what can be seen visually.
Harris Business Professionals
Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: We use Infrared Technology as the situation arises.
HouseMaster Home Inspections
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: I use an infrared camera on every inspection in a limited fashion. I check for water leaks and major issues. I do offer a much more thorough thermal inspection for an additional charge. The value of a thermal imaging is not in the camera but rather the person interpreting what the images are showing. It is complex with many attributing factors, such as the time of day and heat load, to be able to accurately understand what a thermal image is telling you. Anyone can wave an infrared camera around and exclaim "you've had an infrared scan". It is the training and understanding of the environment the image is taken in to make sense of it all. I am trained and certified as to how to interpret these images.
Mountain View Inspection Services
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: IR cameras are very expensive the training needed to use them properly is very expensive. If an inspector is not charging extra he may not have invested the time and money in the training needed.
Space City Inspections, LLC
Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared technology is normally not part of a normal home inspection, but can be added as an additional charge.
Shedhorn Inspection Services, LLC
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Answer: Yes
Explanation: Infrared is becoming more widely used today.
Aspire Inspection Services
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Infrared in my experience has always been an additional charge
Spotlight Home Inspection L.L.C.
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Infrared technology is normally an additional professional consultation.
Kairos Home Inspections
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Air tests or air leakage tests are not typically part of a visual home inspection
Able Home Inspections
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: While not required infrared is a very useful tool many inspectors use.
Gilded Leaf Home Inspections LLC
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: There is a fine line for IRC inspections. I personally will use an IRC to verify a finding. Some inspectors specialize in this field and charge specifically for this service.
Look First Homes, LLC
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Not usually but some inspectors offer this service.
Home Inspection Solutions
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Not all inspectors offer this service, and it is more detailed than a basic home inspection.
ABC Home Inspections LLC
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: typically only insulation companies use this due to cost.
American Home & Environmental
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This is beyond the scope of a normal home inspection but may be provided at an additional charge.
North Dynamic Inspections
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Patrick Erb Home Inspection Services Licensed Home Inspection AL # HI3083 HUD # 638 erbhomeservices@gmail.com 205-412-5256 More Information About Me http://erbhomeservices.wix.com/patrickerb www.promatcher.com/ErbHomeServicesInspection http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f94FUNkxZX0&feature=share
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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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: infrared technology can be helpful but not conclusive. Detailed inspection of problems areas is always best
Phoenix Home Inspections LLC
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: Its not part f a home inspection, but some will do it for an additional cost.
A Home Detective Inspection Service
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Thermal imaging tools are expensive, so when used, it can be used for an extra fee. But the same can be done by observing with the naked eye, any un-caulked windows, and doors w/out weather strip insulation or un-insulated attics or crawlspace, walls, etc.
Straight Street Home & Structural Pest Inspections
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This is not apart of a typical home inspection. Some inspectors do use infrared technology, and charge extra for the service.
JC & E Home Inspection
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: They will check the air flow.
Team Texas Construction, LLC
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: This is a specialty only some inspectors can offer.
Black Dog Home Inspections, LLC
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: I use other methods to detect air leakage.
Middleton Home Inspection
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Not typical but some inspectors do use additional testing devices for an additional charge per the customers request if applicable.
Landry Professional Home Services
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
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Answer: No, not usually
Explanation: It's an added bonus to the inspector because he can determine air leakage faster and more precise.
All Point Home Service
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: Some companies do use infrared technology.
DDG DESIGN STUDIO INC
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
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Answer: No, but it can be done for additional charge
Explanation: It is an additional fee.
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