This weekend while visiting family, I learned of a new technology used to supplement home inspections. The technology goes by a variety of names including thermographic scan, infrared testing, thermal scan, and thermal image scanning. What all of these have in common is that they produce images identifying temperature differences in surfaces such as walls, floors and ceilings. The temperature differences often identify areas where moisture is present since moist surfaces conduct heat faster than dry surfaces.
My partner’s brother and wife had a thermographic scan done in addition to a home inspection on the house they recently purchased and thought it was very helpful. Their cost for the thermographic scan alone was $400 for a 5,000 sf. home. Prices vary by home size. I’ll see if I can get a home inspector to explain these home inspection tools further in a future post.