Can you use a thermal imaging camera for a stucco inspection?
Thermal Cam? Or Thermal Scam?
You COULD use a thermal imaging camera to carry out a stucco inspection, but it would work about as well as a screen door on a submarine or a glass hammer. Am I getting the point across? It simply doesn’t work.
Thermal cameras are great at identifying small temperature differences on a surface, however, THEY CAN NOT SEE THROUGH WALLS, this is a myth created by Hollywood special effects, and it should be dismissed as pure bunkum. Stucco is a cement product and should be almost 1” thick, other than maybe X-rays, I’m not sure of any way of seeing through 1” thick concrete.
If your stucco inspector says “thermal imaging cam” you should hear “thermal imaging SCAM”.
Much research has been done on the topic of flawed thermal imaging. Paul Probett, INCODO Forensic Building Specialist, has researched this topic thoroughly and his findings found everything from faulty, ridiculous claims in equipment to how results can easily be fudged to work in the inspectors’ favor. To learn more about his findings please consult the link below.
If you hire a stucco inspector, ask him if he intends to use a thermal camera to carry out your stucco inspection, if the answer is “yes”, I have one word of advice, RUN!
I have been asked about the use of thermal cameras in stucco inspections more times than I can count, so I apologize if my direct response offends you. But it is time the world understands the limitations of a thermal camera in this arena and the potential for incorrect and costly conclusions that are often drawn from fake findings.
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