North State Inspections
Thermal Imaging
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Jim & Janet Bowline
Thermal Imaging At Work
A trusted tool for the professional. Thermal imaging cameras allow:
Contractors to find water damage, air leaks, missing insulation and other inefficiencies.
Plumbers to detect water leaks, clogs, yes even broken sewer lines.
Electricians to identify electrical shorts, loose wiring, and other safety hazards.
HVAC professionals to assess areas of poor performance and check equipment status.
Insurance Adjustors to thoroughly investigate losses and damage. 
Contractors for building structure, foundation cracks, plate deterioration, moisture intrusion, insulation, energy evaluation, piping for plumbers, hot spots for electricians, Insurance adjusters, bankers, note holders and many more who want to see what the eyes do not see...
Thermal Imaging Video
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informative!
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Scroll down to see Thermal Imaging photos examples
Toilet Right side view, Now to the untrained eye to the right there is a dark anomaly looks like a leak. What it is, a scent spray can
Now on the left side of the toilet is another anomaly, only this time taking a moisture meter we find moisture. Toilet needs reseating or maybe more.
Looking at the base of tub and water shut off valve
we see a dark anomaly and we check with moisture meter and yes we have moisture intrusion the needs further evaluation or there maybe a mold issue.
Here we have on the corner of tub & tile area we we see an anomaly and if we took a closer look at the grout we found a crack that is not very visible. So we check with moisture meter and sure enough it needs grout resealing.
On the left we can see a kitchen sink drain. In the center we see the thermal image with warm water running through it. On the right we see the drain with hot water running through it. No problem, just letting you see the difference. 
The rest of these are random photos...
Here are some Rail Road Ties by an outside stairs. What we are looking at is wood bees eating tunnels through the tie.
Where NSI Consulting can assist you:
Using the latest building science technology NSI Consulting provides; building performance, diagnostic studies, performance characteristics, building forensics investigations, leak investigation, using non-invasive inspection techniques and remote sensing technique, for convenient and economical reporting.
Building Envelope Consulting
Building Envelope Thermal & Moisture Analysis ( Thermal Imaging & Hygrothermal modeling)
Construction Defect Investigations, pre and post evaluation
Plumbing Evaluations (hydronic systems, pressure and drain systems)
Roofing (evaluation) - Noninvasive Moisture
Water Intrusion Location
Water Damage Evaluations (mapping)
Water testing, Leak Assessments using ASTM, AAMA and ISO standards
Noninvasive Air Leakage Inspection
Thermal Performance (Noninvasive Insulation Inspection)
Green building (evaluations)
Voids, Delaminations
Noninvasive NSI Grout Fill Inspection
Thermal and Air leakage Investigation and Reporting
Energy Audit (insulation quality, Weatherization Analysis)
Energy Modeling 

HYGROTHERMICS
Besides the thermal properties of a building component and their impact on heating losses, its hygric behavior has to be considered, too. Permanently increased moisture content in the component may result in moisture damages. Elevated surface moisture levels in living rooms can lead to hygienic problems and health risks due to mould growth.
In addition, thermal and hygric behavior of a building component are closely interrelated as well as an increased moisture content favors heat losses. The thermal situation affects moisture transport. Therefore, both have to be investigated together in their mutual interdependence; the research field of hygrothermics is dealing with these problems.


Thermal Imaging Example that we have taken on previous jobs.

Thermal Imaging Reports
by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko
For North State Inspections dot org

      North State Inspector Jim Bowline is InterNACHI qualified he knows that the true product that NSI sells to their clients is their home inspection report. While your services include the wealth of your training, education, work experience, and even your work ethic – right up until that next inspection, which would include all the inspections you performed just last week and even yesterday – what you leave your client with is your inspection report. That’s why the presentation, format, language, graphics, and even the software you use will combine to create a report that leaves either a positive or a negative impression. It will leave your client with the confidence that they made the right decision to hire you and that you really delivered based on your advertising, or they’ll wonder what they paid for and whether they should get a second opinion.  

Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show homeowners things about their homes that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports you generate for standard home inspections. For something as specialized as a thermal imaging inspection, it’s critical that the information you present meets your clients’ needs for information they can use and act on.

DOs & DON'Ts

The art of an IR inspection is to interpret the results as accurately and reasonably as possible such that your client is given actionable information in order to proceed with necessary repairs. With that in mind, here’s a list of dos and don’ts:

Do:

Explain the limitations of thermal imaging, including the fact that, as with any type of inspection, it can’t predict future conditions. However, a roof that is experiencing moisture intrusion which has been detected through thermal imaging will very likely lead to serious structural issues, if left unaddressed.
Explain the capabilities of thermal imaging and how it can benefit your clients. Do you have marketing materials to give your clients that outline the various conditions that can be detected through infrared technology?
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.
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.
Offer to re-inspect (for a fee) after repairs are completed. This is the only sure way to determine whether the repair work undertaken by your client and/or his contractor has effectively addressed the issues that your initial thermal imaging inspection discovered.

Don’t:
unduly alarm clients. An area that has been detected through IR as having potential moisture intrusion, energy loss or extreme heat must be further investigated in order to confirm such a condition. Depending on where the problem has been located, confirmation may be difficult, but relying solely on the IR image is insufficient for recommending that your client pull out the checkbook and hire a contractor. It’s the first step in diagnosing a problem.
overwhelm your clients by using technical language that leaves them in the dust. The science of thermal imaging is fairly straightforward, but it requires extensive training, as does the use of the associated equipment. But your primary mission as a home inspector is to educate your clients, not dazzle them with your brilliance or impress them with your expensive camera.
offer to repair problems that were discovered through your thermal imaging inspection if you perform this function as part of your standard home inspection. InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics prohibits this conflict of interest. While offering to make repairs and actually performing them are not specifically prohibited by the Code of Ethics if the IR inspection was performed as part of an energy audit or ancillary inspection, InterNACHI recommends that inspectors defer repairs to professional contractors to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest, since this hurts the inspection industry, and the average homeowner will be understandably suspicious of your intentions, as well as the results of your IR inspection, even if they’re legitimate.
Thermal Imaging
What you see
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