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WHY WE USE THERMAL IMAGING

I USE A FLUKE THERMAL IMAGER

What does that mean to you, the home owner or buyer?

This gives you the confidence in knowing that, through our training and certification by Snell, have logged in over 1,000 hours of in-the-field experience. This means that you're getting the best possible home or condo inspection and you will not have to worry about something being hidden, missed or overlooked.

Thermal Imaging is a non-contact technology used to help identify potential electrical, mechanical, or process problems from a safe distance. This allows me to scan moving, elevated, and high temperature surfaces without needing to get too close.

SUPERIOR IMAGE QUALITY

Fluke delivers the clear, crisp images needed to find and fix problems fast. Industry-leading thermal sensitivity (NETD) identifies small temperature differences that could indicate big problems. Even the smallest details become visible with large, widescreen, full VGA color LCD display. Patented IR-Fusion® technology delivers the industry's best visible/infrared image alignment and focusing.

EASY TO USE

The intuitive, three-button menu is easy to use and the thumb navigation makes it easy for me to focus on your inspection and not on operating the thermal imager. Easy, manual focus allows for precise image viewing control.

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Fluke Thermal Imagers are designed to reliably operate in the toughest industrial environments. Engineered and tested to withstand a 2 meter (6.5 foot) drop, the imager withstands dust and water, and has been tested up to an IP54 rating. It can be used in ambient temperatures as low as -10 °C (14 °F) and high as +50 °C (122 °F).

Below are some pictures taken from the thermal imager. Notice how it can detect potential issues that the naked eye cannot.

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The picture to the left shows a cracked crown on a chimney.

Without the thermal imager, this probably would have gone undetected.

The image to the right is an excellent example of a hot circuit breaker. This could not have been detected without a thermal imager.

The cause of this hot circuit could be from a wire that is not capable of handling the load on this circuit and could be considered a fire hazard.

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To the left is another great example of why using the thermal imager is critical to uncovering hidden potential problems.

The missing insulation is invisible to the naked eye and would have not been noticed in the ceiling around this light fixture.

Missing insulation is a prime money waster - and the thermal imager tells all!

Is the image to the right we have a "two-fer". We find 2 potential issues with one viewing.

First to the left of the doorway we find missing insulation. In order to fix this the wall would have to opened, insulation added, and then the wall need to be patched. Being an outside wall, that might be necessary for cost control measures.

Next, we find that there's a huge waste of money going out under the door. In the winter this is heat loss. In the summer, heat is entering through this opening - causing the air conditioner to run more often.

Once again, the thermal imager, like Superman with x-ray vision, sees through normal barriers.

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In this example, we see that an entire section of the ceiling is missing insulation.

A deal killer? Hardly.

But still, nice to know about. Wouldn't you agree?

We at Pinnacle Property Inspection Services want you to know that while other home inspection services feel that thermal imagers, if they even use them, are optional and believe that it's fair to charge extra for using this vital piece of equipment, we don't. As you can see from these photo's thermal imaging is crucial to knowing what's hiding in the walls of the home. That's why we use a thermal imager for every home inspection - at no additional fee.

We use drones to help inspect all exterior components of the property. For example, some roofs are too high, too steep, or made of materials such as clay tile that make walking on them dangerous. In addition, some roofs have tall chimneys or other features that are impossible to access. Drones are another tool Pinnacle uses to give clients a better understanding of any potential issues.

We feel it's that important and we wouldn't want to miss anything. After all, that's why you pay us and trust us with your home inspection.

Why not book an appointment now. Click here to book an appointment with us.

Just as people have routine physicals and cars get tune-ups, homes need Preventative Maintenance Service. We offer annual check-ups that may save you headaches in the future.

  • An undetected leak can cause thousands of dollars in repair cost as well as lead to health concerns.
  • Inefficient systems (HVAC, windows, insulation) can lead to excessively high utility bills.
  • Improper care of existing exterior systems (roof, siding, drainage) can shorten the life expectancy of your home’s components.
  • The time to have your sump pump checked is before you need it.

Items such as these are evaluated during a Preventative Maintenance Service appointment. You go to the doctor to get a clean bill of health, why not have one for your home as well?

Are you selling your house? This inspection service will aid you in selling your home. Like all other property inspections, use a thermal imager to assist in obtaining possible issues on the homes condition. This means you are preempting possible repair, as well as finding financial burden to unnoticed issues with the property.

You are also inspecting possible energy audit issues. Finding these issues before a potential buyer comes through puts your mind at ease. This can also be a marketing tool for your listing agent to advertise.

You are buying a home and you have a lot on your mind. I am familiar with this process. You are dealing with mortgage brokers, attorneys, realtors, movers, and many more issues. Pinnacle Property Inspection Services provides definitive answers to questions you may not have even thought of yet.

All home inspections are done with thermal imagers to aid in finding potential issues. This gives us the ability to "see" things most people can't (and we don't charge extra for this). We categorize all items as to defective or marginal with pictures indicating findings.

Buying an investment property? That's not a problem for Pinnacle. Our core business is construction. Our extensive background will help you in your decision-making process on your investment property.

We use thermal imagers and drones on all commercial inspections to find issues that are not seen with the unaided eye.

Exposure to radon in the home is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Radon is a health hazard with a simple solution.

This is why we strongly recommend that you tell us you want your prospective home tested for radon.

Here is a warning issued by the U.S. Surgeon's Office:

U.S. Surgeon General Health Advisory

"Indoor radon gas is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." January 2005

Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless and possibly deadly gas. This gas is derived by the breakdown of uranium. It then turns to radium and then final phase of radon. Radon is composed of alpha and beta atoms that are known to cause lung cancer.

We use continuous radon monitors (CRM). Using a licensed radon technician ensures that the test is conducted with properly maintained and calibrated equipment.

Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.

Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more). Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in our state.

Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.

You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local, or neighborhood. Do not rely on radon test results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes which are next to each other can have different radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out what your home's radon level is.

Here is a 2008 Radon Report for the Chicago area: Click here for the PDF

Condo inspections are treated just as though you were buying the whole building here at Pinnacle. We inspect all exterior and common areas of the building which is generally covered by our HOA (Home Owners Association) fees for potential undiscovered maintenance issues. We also inspect these areas:

  • Security system
  • Common area
  • Laundry room
  • Hall ways
  • Roof
  • Boiler units
  • A/C exterior unit
  • Water heating system
  • Plumbing system
  • Exterior- e.g. brick work, balconies, decks
  • Windows
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Roof

These are all items that can increase your monthly assessments if they are found to be in disrepair. Condo inspection can take just as long as home inspections. Plan your time accordingly.

Mold.

First, ask yourself, "Should I be concerned about mold in a home I might buy?"

The answer is a resounding yes!

Of course, there is mold everywhere, both inside the home and outdoors - what determines whether or not it is harmful are the questions "how much mold is there?" and "what type of mold is it?"

Mold can be found on plants, leaves, and other organic items both inside or outside.

Mold enters the home through any available opening in the home, as well as on your clothes, shoes, bags, and pets.

Mold in the home generally requires moisture to grow. Anywhere in the home that has moisture is a likely area for mold to grow: humidifiers, wet clothes drying, bath tubs, plant pots, leaky roofs, leaky pipes, and even steam from cooking in the kitchen.

Mold can be found in new homes as well as in older homes, inexpensive homes and high-end luxury homes - mold does not care.

What can mold exposure do to you?

What you should realize is that everyone is exposed to some amount of mold on a daily basis. Typically, it is only harmful if you are allergic to mold, or if you breath in large amounts of mold from the air. Mold is most harmful when it's actively growing.

Quite often mold can trigger an asthma attack. Prolonged exposure to mold can develop allergies and asthma in those who did not suffer before.

If you are looking to buy a home, you should either request a mold inspection report, or require one before deciding on a home. This will either help confirm your decision or it may possibly alter it. Either way, you should always have any home you are considering purchasing inspected for mold.

During our mold inspections we locate any sources of moisture with our thermal imaging camera. We then test the air with an air cartridge or if we can see the mold, we can test the area with a swab test and send the tests out to an outside lab for determination. After we get the tests back from the lab, we then provide you with a detailed report with the results found. Generally, mold results have a 24hr turnaround time.

Get a mold inspection - your potential health depends on it.

Click here to schedule your mold inspection.

If you are looking to buy a home, you should either request a mold inspection, or require one before deciding on a home.

Click here to request an appointment with us.