As most of you know I’m known as The Thermal Home inspector.  When we sent out an email confirmation for a thermal home inspection in Winnetka I received a call from the buyers real estate agent wanting to know what a thermal home inspection is.  Many agents are afraid of our Fluke thermal imager until the see what it does for their clients.  I named myself The Thermal Home Inspector because ALL of my home inspections come with thermal imaging.  Thermal imaging with Pinnacle Property Inspection Services, Inc. is complimentary to all of my clients.  I believe a home inspection without thermal imaging is like driving blindfold.  Some home inspectors say its not needed!  Really?  That’s what people said about cell phones, internet, television, radio, electric and so on.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  Even if your home inspector charges extra for the use of their Fluke thermal imager for thermal scanning its worth the charge.  In this article I’ll give the major components we used the Fluke thermal imager on at the Winnetka home Inspection.

  • Exterior walls are scanned to see if their are any water penetration issues from flashing’s, siding materials, roofing, chimneys, windows, doors, light fixtures, electrical fixtures and bathroom vent penetrations.  If we see an abnormality we qualify the area with the use of a Tramex moisture meter.  The Winnetka home inspector did come up positive with water issues on the exterior of the home do to issues with flashing’s.  This is highly probable with older homes that are not maintained properly.
  • Plumbing walls, ceilings and floors are areas that we scan on are standard home inspection.  These areas are known to have water penetrations from loose floor toilet connects, leaking wax rings, leaking p traps from sinks and poor caulking around tubs and showers.  If you have a tile shower base we are scan the floor below this base to make sure it was installed properly.  All of these areas are definitely areas with possible intrusions. 
  • Electrical breaker boxes are scanned after every light fixture is turned on for 1 hour to optimize our testing capabilities.  we are looking for overheated breakers that can cause fires if not found.  To the naked eye you would not know this


  • Flat roofs are scanned at night and are qualified with the use of Tramex roof scanner to assure that we really do have water in the roof.
  • Basement finished walls are scanned to see if their is any foundation leaks. If heavy rains happened prior to our home inspection then the chances of water entry documented with our Fluke Thermal imager is very high.  This was another issue that was found at the Winnetka home inspection

These are just a few of the areas that we use our Fluke Thermal imager to do thermal imaging while performing a home inspection.  When you hire The Thermal Home Inspector for your home inspection you will see why it is worth every penny for the knowledge of what is really wrong with your home.  In the future every home inspector will carry a thermal imager for his or her inspections or he will be out of business!

Thermal imagers are the only way to go when having your home inspected.  If you have questions about thermal imaging then please contact me at ~ The Thermal Home Inspector or 312-961-4228.

Thanks for stopping by and stay safe.

Jim Kolke

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