Digital image view of area with missing insulation
While scoping out an old cast iron drain line in a brick ranch in-town Atlanta, we found that ~75′ of the pipe was filled with water, indicating blockage. The photo shows the camera submerged in water with, let’s just say, particulates, visible. When further evaluated by a plumbing company, the drain piping had to be replaced, saving our clients thousands of dollars in costly repairs.
We found a leaking bathtub at this house in Cumming using our infrared camera (see thermal image #1). The sellers hired a plumber who claimed to have fixed the issue. We were then brought back out to reinspect, and guess what? It was still leaking (thermal image 2).
The best way a plumber should troubleshoot similar leaks is to cut out the drywall and see where the water is coming from. Beyond that, they are just guessing.
I noticed signs of previous condensation on the underside of a front porch ceiling in this new construction house in Cumming. This seemed unusual, so I got out my infrared camera. The thermal image shows a solid cold spot on the ceiling that corresponded to a finished area directly above this ceiling. And since the interior was cold from running the A/C, the cold air appeared to be spilling out above the exterior ceiling area where the condensation had formed. I suspected missing or poorly installed insulation and called it out for the builder to investigate.
Our infrared camera discovered the builder forgot to have the hole cut out for the supply vent from the HVAC system. We were running the cooling mode and then saw in the thermal image that there was an unusual cold spot (blue) that should not otherwise be there. Whoops!
Scott Dana, Owner/Code-Certified Inspector
Tom Crawford, Inspector
Chris Smith, Scheduling Coordinator
Atlanta, Georgia and Surrounding Communities
ASHI Certified Inspector #246339
ICC Code Certified Inspector #5289396-B1