Petaluma Home Inspector – Infrared Camera Finds Roof Leak During Home Inspection

Infrared cameras are an invaluable tool for a home inspector.  Infrared cameras detect infrared light using a special lens called a microbolometer.  Infrared light or energy is not detectable by the human eye and that is what makes infrared cameras so valuable because they help home inspectors see what we cannot see with our own eyes.   In this short home inspection video I demonstrate what a roof leak looks like using an infrared camera.  Steve Ramos is a Petaluma Home Inspector with many years of experience using infrared cameras during home inspections.  As with most infrared findings there was no water staining or repaired areas to identify there was a condition requiring repair.  What most people don’t realize is that paints are getting better.  Today’s version of paint has unique abilities to withstand staining, peeling, and cracking which are usually the first signs that a leak is present.  Without this infrared technology this finding would not have been included in the home inspection report.  Thus setting the stage for a dispute after the close of escrow between the seller, agents, home inspectors, and pest inspection company.  By virtue of the finding during the escrow period the buyer was able to negotiate a repair or concession.

Steve Ramos Certified Home Inspector

Steve Ramos is a Petaluma Home Inspector and is Certified by InterNachi.  In addition to being a Petaluma Home Inspector Steve is a  Mold Inspector and Building Science Thermographer.  He has over 10 years of home inspection field experience.  Steve has a very diverse and well rounded background.  His reports are detailed, accurate, and timely.  Steve has been featured on over 104 episodes of HGTV’s House Detective.  He offers his services in all nine Bay Area counties including:  Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, Napa, Sausalito, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Ramon, Rohnert Park, Cotati, Bodega Bay, and Cloverdale.

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