It's supposed to rain today, hard. I will proabably get some calls.
Why do I say that? Because (my fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Summers would be upset that I used "because" as the first word in a sentence), um, because I am not only a home inspector, I have a thermal camera!
Not many in my area do. In fact, I don't know anybody else.
Why do people call?
This is the result following a recent rain storm.
The left thermal image is a master bedroom window.
The lavender and purple areas represent cooler temperatures, and in this case moisture.
You can even see the footprint on the floor.
This moisture is not visible to the eye!
It was discovered when somebody walked over near to the window and felt the wet carpet!
The right image is the ceiling in the kitchen eating area just under this bedroom!
Again, this moisture is not visible to the eye.
It was discovered by the thermal camera. Such use is a Best Practice!
In fact, there was moisture in many places these people did not know about.
Why? Because (bummer, there's that because again) many windows simply were not installed right.
Until my visit these folks did not know that.
How old is the house?
Just over a year, interestingly just out of "warranty."
But, do you think that warranty period will stop these people from contacting the builder, and therefore the window installer?
Not a chance. This is a big deal! The builder shoulda, woulda, coulda recognize that immediately. And do what he can to make this right.
My recommendation: people usually don't call to ask me to come over to just check things out when they don't know there is a problem anywhere. The mental mindset is not there yet as regards thermal cameras. But maybe one day! I really recommend that people have me come by just before their one-year warranty period is up so I can check out not only the windows, but the insulation as well. Insulation slips downward over time if not stapled and that shows up very, very clearly with a thermal camera. BUT IT IS NOT VISIBLE TO THE EYE!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560