Today I get to write about tools and boy I'm excited about it! More specifically I get to write on infrared cameras and the value they offer to not only me as a home inspector, but more importantly the client who needs to know what lurks behind the walls.
I use my infrared camera a lot, I use it to quickly test ranges, dryers, and heating equipment, but also for less obvious things like plumbing leaks, insulation gaps, and water intrusion. (check out this Tiktok video on plumbing leaks https://www.tiktok.com/@ospreyhomeinspections/video/7101292940881906949 )
Without getting too technical, infrared is the light given off something that radiates heat, the hotter it is, the more red/white it appears and cold is represented by blues and blacks. An important tool of the trade indeed for home inspectors.
Plumbing leaks can also be located using infrared, as the cold (or hot) water leaks onto the drywall, it leaves behind a splotchy pattern that can easily be found with an infrared camera, and then confirmed with a moisture meter (a tool for another time).
Brent Whelan has been in the construction industry for over a decade and has worked for one of Halifax's top renovation companies and Canadas largest restoration firm. He's a Certified Professional Inspector and holds a Red Seal Endorsement in carpentry.