Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are your fees / rates / prices for thermal inspections?

Our rates vary depending on each unique application, total services requested, and our client’s individual needs.  Please contact us with as much information about the property or service requested as possible.  We will be happy to discuss your options and questions under no obligation. Call 937-423-2949 or email at bcwarner@gmail.com
 
What is Thermal Imaging?

To keep it simple, Thermal Imaging is the process of viewing and recording actual surface temperatures, signatures, and anomalies observed at surfaces such as walls, ceilings, floors, pipes, ducts, etc.  Think of it as a thermometer with a television attached. Instead of mercury rising through the marks, the temperature is translated into a visual image. Using a high resolution thermal imager (or camera), we can observe and interpret surface temperatures to help determine what is or may be occurring in areas we can't readily view without destructive evaluations.  All objects emit energy in the form of heat.  Thermal imaging allows us to 'see' this energy and interpret our findings or the anomalies observed.
 
Can you see through walls?

Simply put... No.  What we can see are the temperature differences that transfer through or occur at the surface of an object.  Air movement, evaporation, moisture, heat transfer, and more all have an observable effect on surface temperatures.  These create a temperature difference that our camera 'sees' and creates an image of the thermal signatures.  Although our service sometimes appears to be, it is not x-ray vision.
 
I am buying a brand new house. Why do I need a thermal inspection?
 
Even new construction has defects. It is of great importance to have a thermal inspection performed since many mistakenly expect all systems to be installed properly and functioning as intended. Quite the opposite can occur unfortunately. I have observed active roof leaks, misaligned and damaged framing, and even missing insulation. Once the drywall is up, it’s impossible to ‘see’ these defects without the assistance of thermal imaging. Often the builders are just as concerned to discover the carelessness of their sub-contractors.
 
How can Thermal Imaging help with my commercial property?
 
Thermal imaging can help identify numerous issues that can be prevalent in both commercial and residential properties. From roof and moisture scans, to electrical and insulation scans, these issues are very important to help you understand the overall condition. Traditional visual inspections can’t come close to seeing what we can see. Thermal imaging can even help contractors to identify troublesome issues and find hidden systems like buried radiant heating systems and plumbing in walls.
 
Why are Infrared Thermal Inspections so vital?
 
The remarkable view from an infrared camera allows us to see and compare the relative temperature of an object or surface area to that of its surroundings. These comparisons can help identify otherwise invisible problems and concerns which can be caused by issues occurring below the surface of a floor, behind a wall, or above a ceiling. The images seen by the camera can reveal problems with moisture, electrical, and HVAC systems, as well as problems with insulation, foundation, framing, plumbing, and more. Combining Infrared Thermal Inspections with traditional inspection methods provides our clients the very best, state of the art service available.
 
 
Do you have a question? Drop us a line at 937.423.2949 or email at bcwarner@gmail.com . We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have about Infrared Thermal Inspections or any of our additional services.

 

Dayton Thermal Inspection serves Dayton Ohio, Cincinnati Ohio, Greenville Ohio, Centerville Ohio, Sidney Ohio, Celina Ohio, Xenia Ohio, Fairborn Ohio, and many more cities and towns in and around the Miami Valley of Ohio.  Contact us to discuss your needs in detail!