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The cost of this inspection in The Washington D.C. and Maryland area will vary depending on the size and complexity of the home and grounds, but Swann Inspections includes this service in all our inspections for FREE!

Thermal inspections are a advanced way to provide a non-destructive, non-invasive solution to detecting moisture, mold, electrical, and structural concerns. A thermal home inspection scans walls, floors, and ceilings to pinpoint the sources of hidden or missing structural components, as well as, heating and energy losses.

These inspections thoroughly diagnose a dwelling’s conditions such as rodent infestations, ventilation malfunctions, and variances in temperature and electrical currents.




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    In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
  • heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;

  • damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;

  • air-conditioner compressor leaks;

  • under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and

  • broken seals in double-paned windows.
  • In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:

  • plumbing leaks;

  • hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;

  • missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and

  • water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.

  • IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including: 

  • circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement;

  • overloaded and undersized circuits;

  • overheated electrical equipment and components;  and

  • electrical faults before they cause a fire.

  • Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:
  • possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;

  • the presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and

  • dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.


  • Is thermal imaging worth it for a home inspection?

    Yes, Swann Inspections does a FREE Thermal inspection for every inspection.

    Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports generated for standard inspections.

    Even current home owners with no intentions of selling would benefit from having a thermal inspection done. Infrared technology is a good addition to a visual inspection, and doesn’t negate the need for an inspector with experience and knowledge of all systems that make up a home.

  • What does thermal imaging show in a home inspection?

    When used properly, thermal imaging can uncover certain hidden issues such as insulation problems, air drafts, electrical hazards, and moisture intrusion.

  • Why is thermal imaging of homes important?

    Because wet insulation conducts heat faster than dry insulation, thermographic scans of roofs can often detect roof leaks. In addition to using thermography during an energy assessment, you should have a scan done before purchasing a house; even new houses can have defects in their thermal envelopes.

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