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Mozart Evaluation, Inc.
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I was curious how many of ya'll currently incorporate infrared thermography in your services? Also, If you do not offer thermography, I am curious of the reasons. Thanks for the input.

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I do, but it's an add on service.

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Hi Kris, with which provider did you complete your Level I and Level II training?

What IR camera do you use?

What is your typical upcharge for IR service?

Thanks in advance for your input, it is appreciated.

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Cameron Anderson
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Yes I do, free with every inspection. Did my Level I course through Infraspection. Current camera is an E50bx.

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Mozart Evaluation, Inc. wrote:Hi Kris, with which provider did you complete your Level I and Level II training?

What IR camera do you use?

What is your typical upcharge for IR service?

Thanks in advance for your input, it is appreciated.


I got my I and II from ITC. I will do my III from Infraspection Institute.

I have a FLIR T420. This is overkill for home inspections, but almost the minimum for other disciplines like commercial roof, electrical switchgear, mechanical, etc.

I will PM you my fee.

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Thanks for the input Cameron.

Kris, If you have level I and II through another provider, you can obtain the next level (level III) via Infraspection? I did not realize they were cool with that.


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You can indeed.

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Cameron Anderson wrote:Yes I do, free with every inspection. Did my Level I course through Infraspection. Current camera is an E50bx.


I do; free w/ every inspection. Did my level I with Infraspection. Currently use E60. One of these days my C2 will arrive.

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Thermography no. Although I have been offering IR as a value added service with our standard home inspections since 2007. The FLIR IR camera is a marketing USP for our company and brings more value to our clients when we inspect. Occasionally, I get requests to do some building diagnostic work and/or Blower Door testing with it as well for stand alone type consultations.

We have two IR camera's now, FLIR B-CAM and our new FLIR C-2. Love the C-2!

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I use my E5, but do not charge.
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I do not have the training I feel I need to charge. I do take pictures as my education continues. Used mainly for water leaks in bathrooms, especially useful for second floor bathrooms.
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we use the Flir E40bx on moisture staining mostly and some shower/tub surrounds if suspicious and it has helped find duct leaks when accessible. I have not found it reliable for insulation inspections or roof inspections. I see guys posting pics of hot breakers and oven elements but these rarely actually mean anything. Saw one guy recently showing a "overheated" breaker but he didn't mention the wire was too large for the breaker - maybe that was why the breaker glowed more than the others.

It provides really pretty pictures of homes decorated with Christmas lights.

I use it mostly to find termites in walls - works really well. Also, useful in finding rats in attics.

If you are only doing home inspections, I don't see where all the training/certifications provide any return. Buy a $700 camera and use it as a tool when it might make sense. BTW, the Flir E40bx cost $4k and doesn't provide any benefit over a $700 camera in a home inspection. Haven't found where it provides any benefit on commercial either.

Thermal cameras - over hyped, over priced. Think cheap and you'll get your monies worth.

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William Chandler wrote:we use the Flir E40bx on moisture staining mostly and some shower/tub surrounds if suspicious and it has helped find duct leaks when accessible. I have not found it reliable for insulation inspections or roof inspections. I see guys posting pics of hot breakers and oven elements but these rarely actually mean anything. Saw one guy recently showing a "overheated" breaker but he didn't mention the wire was too large for the breaker - maybe that was why the breaker glowed more than the others.

It provides really pretty pictures of homes decorated with Christmas lights.

I use it mostly to find termites in walls - works really well. Also, useful in finding rats in attics.

If you are only doing home inspections, I don't see where all the training/certifications provide any return. Buy a $700 camera and use it as a tool when it might make sense. BTW, the Flir E40bx cost $4k and doesn't provide any benefit over a $700 camera in a home inspection. Haven't found where it provides any benefit on commercial either.

Thermal cameras - over hyped, over priced. Think cheap and you'll get your monies worth.


This forum could use a lot more practical posts like this one from my friend William. So sick of hype!

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Have you heard about the Jacksonville home inspector who may be sued for claiming "missing insulation" in a million dollar home and the sale was cancelled for on that basis? Yep, he showed a pretty picture of a yellow spot in the wall claiming this was missing insulation. After I reviewed the report/home, couldn't help but notice the "yellow spot" was only 2 degrees warmer that the other areas on a west facing wall in the afternoon...add this revelation to a can light shining on the wall and I basically determined the pretty picture was questionable.

If you are going to use thermal imaging, I would not make bold statements based on a pretty picture. This inspector has lost a major realtor at the very least.

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Myself personally ,am not a big believer, our jobs as inspectors are visual in nature and not to guess what's behind door number 2, if you do guess and you are wrong , your reputation as an HI is toast at that point in addition to setting up false alarms for issues that are not there .

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