This is a good discussion that has a bunch of different hot topics and further discussion points. Much of which will be included in my paper “Thermography and the Home Inspector” that I will be presenting at IRINFO in January.
One of the “hot topics” that I find most interesting is how an Infrared Camera should be used during a standard (real estate transaction) inspection. There are two schools of thought:
- Use IR during and included in every inspection
- Offer IR as an additional service or “add-on” to the inspection
I believe that option #2 is the best way to utilize IR during a standard home inspection. I will discuss the reasoning in detail in my paper.
However, David A. made an interesting comment above; “You’re doing a home inspection, not an infrared inspection.” In addition, Mark made this comment “**Thanks, It was a standard home inspection as per our **SOP.”
I’m certainly not picking on David or Mark, but these comments bring up additional questions.
- What’s the difference between a home inspection and an Infrared inspection?
- If I’m conducting a home inspection and I use IR during that inspection, am I not conducting an Infrared Inspection?
- Doesn’t the use of IR go beyond the SOP?
Anyways, didn’t mean to change the topic of the thread. But, I’m a firm believer that if we are going to invest in formal training in Thermography and use titles like "Infrared Certified, “Certified Building Science Thermographer”, and “Level I/II/III Certified Thermographer”, then we better be prepared to go beyond the mindset that it is “sufficient to just call out the unknown.” There are certainly times that insufficient data will bring us to that conclusion, but make no mistake, consumers are intelligent and savvy. They’re perception of us is that we are the “experts.”
If you make the decision to go beyond the SOP an use Infrared Technology, you will have to face the fact that you are more of an “expert” than you might think. Especially, if you have formal training and advertise or market yourself as a “Certified Thermographer.” Therefore, it is critical that we protect ourselves by establishing a clearly defined “scope of work” for IR and a well written pre-inspection agreement or addendum to the standard pre-inspection agreement for SOP Inspections.
Sorry for the rant…