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Can Thermal Imaging Spot Construction Defects?

Thermal imaging technology may be used to spot several types of construction defects, which can allow developers to fix issues before they become bigger problems and may help prospective buyers to understand problems that a particular property has before they complete a purchase. When construction defects are not identified early, they can cause substantial damage and huge losses to a property owners, likely leading to litigation. Using thermal imaging technology might help people to find problems before they cause further issues.

What Is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal imaging relies on infrared technology to translate information about heat into visible light rays. Thermal imaging cameras are relatively inexpensive and can be connected to smartphones and other mobile devices to display infrared pictures of heat sources in a color display. Using a thermal imaging camera may allow people to see what is located behind walls and under floors so that they can try to identify problems in the construction.

Detection of Construction Defects

While thermal imaging cameras have many applications, one important use is the identification of certain construction defects. Builders can use thermal imaging cameras to identify problems with radiant floor systems before the flooring is installed. Builders and construction defect experts can also use thermal imaging cameras to identify areas where insulation is missing or inadequate. In some instances, thermal imaging technology can help identify water leaks, some types of electrical problems and structural issues that need to be corrected. Identifying and correcting construction defects before they cause significant damage can help both builders and property owners alike.

Prospective buyers can also use thermal imaging cameras during their inspections of homes and other properties that they are considering for purchase. Potential buyers may want to ask inspectors whether they plan to use the technology in conducting their inspections.  Identifying construction defects with thermal imaging can help buyers to renegotiate purchase contracts or decide to avoid the transactions all together. Purchasing a property, only to later discover a construction defect, can be costly and lead to thousands of dollars of expensive repairs and litigation. Depending on the types of defects, some properties may not be reasonably salvageable.

Defects Identified With Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging cameras can identify several types of construction defects and prevent substantial damage and losses. Some of the types of defects that may be identified with thermal imaging include the following:

  • Missing or inadequate insulation
  • Heat leakages
  • Plumbing and HVAC defects
  • Water leaks that could lead to mold
  • Energy leaks

Identifying defects early can allow builders to correct them before damage occurs. Thermal imaging technology can help to prevent construction litigation that might otherwise ensue if the builder leaves defective conditions in place.  Should litigation be necessary, thermal imaging may also be utilized by construction defect experts in formulating their opinions. Thermal imaging is just one example of technology used by those in the construction industry.

What Our Clients Say

My family and I are thankful to Maddox, Segerblom and Canepa for their assistance during a three year case regarding construction defects to our home. We are truly appreciative of their knowledge, determination and assistance during this process. They were always courteous, and available to answer any and all of our concerns and questions. Thank you for the wonderful resolution. Many thanks to you and your staff.

Frances Castelli

We used Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa to represent us in a legal suit re problems in construction on new properties that we purchased from a developer.

We were very pleased with the representation provided by this law firm. They were fully communicative, responsive to our questions and were very knowledgeable about the issues that required resolution. Even after we reached a resolution, they have been responsive in making sure to point us in the right direction for help with repairs that are required.

We would recommend them to others with similar issues that require legal help.

Atam & Margo Lalchandani

Maddox, Segerblom & Canepa did a FANTASTIC job in our construction defects case. I interacted with several people from their office throughout our 2 year litigation. Their staff is friendly, knowledgeable and always prompt about getting back to you when you have questions/comments/concerns. I especially enjoyed working with Darcy, Ardea, Eva, and Sandra. Being part of a lawsuit is no fun for anyone, but if you have to be a part of one, I can’t say enough positive things about this firm!

Victoria Fox

The law firm of Maddox, Segerblom, and Canepa were amazing to work with. They were thorough and always available for any questions we had. We worked a lot with Sandy who was always professional, friendly, always on time for appointments and just a great person to represent this firm. We have never been involved in a law suit before and they made it comfortable for us. We appreciate the hard work the lawyers and people who work for the firm did and would recommend them.

Becky Loudenburg
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