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A.G.G. Home Inspections of Palm Coast is now offering Infrared inspections at no charge when getting a full home inspection. Infrared technology has been around for a long time but just over the last few years it has entered the inspection industry. Here at A.G.G. Home Inspections of Palm Coast we are certified to use this technology and use it on every inspection. We use one of the best kind of cameras for our infrared inspections made by FLIR giving our clients accurate information.
You may be wondering what an infrared inspection is and why you would need one. Let me help you understand this technology and explain why it would be a great addition to any home inspection.
Infrared cameras are a very exciting technology for home inspectors and their clients. It gives the inspector a better view into the envelope of a structure and other areas not seen with the naked eye. A lot of people mistake the technology with X-ray and that’s just not the case. Infrared cannot see through the walls; it only can see the heat transfer of the surface of any given material.
Let’s get into the technology aspect of it. I’m going to try to make this as simple as possible. Infrared was discovered around 1800 by astronomer Sir William Herschel. We have come a long way since then in creating new gadgets that allow us to view infrared radiation. Most of us in school have learned about infrared radiation. Infrared or IR is electromagnetic radiation with longer wavelengths than those of visible light so the human eye can’t see without proper equipment.
The basic characteristics of infrared radiation pertaining to the use of IR cameras for inspections is the energy or heat that is emitting off the surface of a material through the standard laws of heat exchange, which are conduction, convection, and radiation. This energy or heat is measured by the camera and converts it into an electronic signal, then processes that signal into a thermal image. This opens a realm of visual abilities we have not had in the past years, allowing home inspectors and many other companies to peer into things otherwise unseen by the human eye. This obviously gives us a huge advantage over those performing just a standard home inspection.
Let’s move on to some simpler aspects and real practical uses for infrared. One good example of a practical way of using an IR camera would be to detect water issues inside of walls. Everyone knows that in Florida there has been a big mold scare over the years. Many people don’t realize that you could be having water leak issues inside of your walls. Whether it’s from a leaking plumbing pipe or a roof leak, often these issues can go long periods of time unchecked. People typically begin smelling a musty or mildew odor first. This is just one example of the benefits of infrared inspections.
We have personally seen the huge benefits from performing infrared inspections for our clients. Understanding this technology and the devices it includes are so important in the process of giving a proper infrared inspection. I encourage you to do your research when it comes to hiring any inspection company. If you think you may have a mold or leaking water issue, A.G.G. Home Inspections can do a thorough infrared inspection for you, potentially saving you a lot of headache and money by finding the source of most water problems.
A.G.G. Home Inspections would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have and give you a demonstration of how our equipment works.
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