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Home Inspection Thermal Image

Thermal Imaging

Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows us to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods.

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.


This 38′ tall telescoping pole camera allows us to safely take high quality pictures of the roofs of homes from the ground. A wifi enabled digital camera or smartphone that allows us to see on a tablet what the camera is seeing at the top of the pole. No wireless network is needed, the camera and smartphone or tablet work together without the need for external wifi.


Grand River Inspection Services offers Drone Inspections. This type of inspections keeps the inspector safely on the ground and gives a 720p high definition view of the inspected object. Conditions permitting the inspector can pilot the drone around high roofs and chimneys to obtain a visual evaluation most cannot. This is just another noninvasive visual tool in our bag.

Drones are a great way for us to do a quick review of your roof telling us is there is problem areas such as hail damage, loose or missing tiles, and etc…

Also, imagine if we had tried walking a slate roof. Each step could crack shingles, or worse, we could lose our footing and fall! There are some roofs that are just to steep to walk or are just inaccessible. By deploying our drone, we not only protect the integrity of the roof by not causing more damage, we also protect ourselves from the liabilities associated with a fall (such as broken bones or worse) and are able to inspect where others can’t!

Now, as much as we like using our drone, sometimes we just can’t use it. Once again, the drone cannot be used in bad weather, high wind, or around trees and power lines. If any of those conditions exist, then it is likely we have to use an alternative rooftop inspection tool such as our SpectoScope.

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Jim Starr, CPI

Grand River Inspection Services
640 Three Mile Rd, NW Suite A
Grand Rapids, MI 49544


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