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Technically speaking, infrared inspection is called “thermography,” and is defined as “the detection and measurement of emitted thermal energy (heat).” In kitchen table English: an infrared camera sees heat instead of light, and interprets the temperature variations on the surfaces of what it sees.


This enables an infrared camera to do some amazing things, like find hidden moisture behind walls, ceilings, or roof materials. It can also “see” missing insulation in walls and ceilings, and find trouble hot-spots in an 
electric panel. The image on a thermographer’s screen looks similar to an x-ray sometimes; and with a good temperature differential between the outside and  inside of a home, it’s possible to see the studs framing the wall, and even nails and screws embedded in the wall. But the camera is not really looking through the materials, just reading surface temperatures. And the technology has some limitations. Reflective surfaces, such as bathroom tile, are not readable. And, because the infrared camera is only capable of seeing current moisture, it will not find a roof leak when it hasn’t rained for a while and the area around the leak has dried up.