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Infrared Photos for Building Inspection Reports – Important
There is no better proof in anyone’s eyes, than visual evidence of an issue. How can it be argued?
There is nothing more frustrating to a home owner or real estate agent, when an inspector turns up and makes assumptions and judgements based on the look of a house. Based on years of experience with thermal imaging Auckland houses, we can safely say that ‘all is not as it seems’ with many houses?
What does this mean?
Quite often, it’s the homes you think are safe to buy that have leaks of varying degrees, and the ones you suspect are going to be leaky aren’t at all. Ok, they may not be the desired style of build or cladding type… but they can be warm and dry.
One condition we always have when doing a thermal imaging inspection on a house, is that we are completely non-biased and will not be swayed by anyone. For example, an agent or owner can look us square in the eye and tell us there are no known issues, which is fine, but if we had a dollar for every time we heard that, then have gone on to detect a leak… we would be doing very well.
No matter who built the house, it all comes down to how well the home is maintained and looked after (we are referring to externally here). If it leaks, 8 times out of 10 it’s due to lack of maintenance. The other times it’s normally due to poor design, or building materials failing under ‘expansion and contraction’.
The infrared photos in our reports will tell you the story relating to leaks & missing insulation. We’ve inspected in Auckland for years and new leaks appear all the time, even in a house previously inspected years before that wasn’t previously leaking. This is why our reports are only valid for the day of inspection because conditions change fast, such as;
- new owners not maintaining the property,
- bad weather blowing displacing tiles and roof flashing,
- plumbing suddenly leaking into external walls,
- waterproofing membranes failing on roofs & decks,
- flashing failures,
- window mitres failing
- blocked drains causing water to pool and tip over the top of minimal flashing upstands
- etc etc…
Bottom line… get a test done and find out the proper way, as opposed to a building giving you a verbal opinion.