Home Inspection Services
At AmeriSpec Home Inspection Montreal, Monteregie & West Monteregie, we believe it is very important to offer a comprehensive look into the condition of a property. As such, we always work hard to deliver quality home inspections to our customers in our community.
We specialize in home inspections and small commercial building inspections in MontrĂ©al and the surrounding areas. Our professional home inspectors have the skills and resources needed to do the best job possible.
A home inspection is a visual examination of the interior and exterior components of a home. We review over 400 items during a typical home inspection, including the roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning, safety systems, and more. Our certified home inspectors provide a full written report with photos included. The AmeriSpec Reportâ„˘ also comes with a Home Maintenance Manual, Seasonal Maintenance Checklist, a Home Improvement and Repair Cost Guide, and access to exclusive offers with our valued partners.
A Small Commercial Inspection offers invaluable information about items in and around the building. It includes a general inspection of the buildingâ€™s main components, including electrical, plumbing, the condition of all of the rooms, and much more. We inspect condominiums, duplexes, multiplexes, storefronts with apartments, small commercial buildings, etc.
Is infrared imaging right for you?
When it comes to home inspections, the more you know, the better. Infrared cameras are being hailed as the â€śnewâ€ť science of looking behind walls and ceilings to provide a closer look at the home. However, in reality, it turns out that this is not a science at all.
What does an infrared camera actually do?
The short answer is that it can detect the temperature in and around a wall. For example, imagine a hot day in a room without air conditioning. Now imagine a 20-pound block of ice sitting in that same room. Since the room is hot and the ice is cold, if an infrared image was taken of that room, the block of ice would be detected as a darker colour on the image than the room itself. This is because infrared detects differences in temperature of at least 5 degrees Celsius.
Additionally, this can be used to detect hot or cold spots behind walls. But be warned, an infrared photo will only produce a digital image (not an actual picture) if the temperature behind the wall is different from the inside temperature of the room the image is being taken in. Simply put, if that block of ice were liquid at room temperature, the image would all be the same colour and unable to detect any difference.
Can this camera detect moisture behind a wall?
While the camera can point out hot or cold spots behind a wall, it isnâ€™t the same as x-ray vision. In the case of infrared, you will only be able to see if there is a change in temperature behind a wall. Therefore, in order to see moisture behind a wall, there would need to be a difference in temperature between the interior and the exterior of the property. For example, if it was a clear day with a temperature of 20 degrees Celsius outside and the interior temperature was the same, the image wouldnâ€™t capture any differences.
In most cases, this is not an accurate way to detect moisture as it is just too inconclusive â€“ and one would have to remove a portion of the wall and/or ceiling to confirm the problem, if something was detected.
Does infrared imaging see what causes a change in temperature?
No. The downside is that a variance in temperature can be caused by anything from an improperly installed wall â€“ resulting in a draft or air leakage â€“ to a missing piece of insulation.
Additionally, hot or cold water pipes behind a wall can also cause a result on infrared. For instance, if someone opens the tap or flushes the toilet, again, a variance in temperature will likely result and the digital image will produce that variance in colour â€“ not an image of what is behind the wall or ceiling. The bottom line is that you just wonâ€™t know the cause until you remove a panel of the wall and take a look.
To conclude, by relying so heavily on temperature difference, as well as being unable to detect mould, infrared may certainly have its uses but it is definitely not an exact science.