Thermal Imaging Inspection

Certified Residential Thermography Inspection

Morrell Inspection Services provides thermal imaging inspection services in Houma, LA. Our team of experienced and certified inspectors uses state-of-the-art technology to detect hidden issues in your property that cannot be seen with the naked eye. We use thermal cameras to identify potential problems such as moisture intrusion, electrical hotspots, insulation deficiencies, and more. Our inspections are non-invasive and non-destructive, which means we won’t cause any damage to your property during the inspection process.

Typically, we scan the electrical panel, outlets, ceilings under bathrooms and plumbing systems running down the walls.

How Does an Infrared Thermography Inspection Work?

Infrared thermography is a cutting-edge technology used to detect temperature changes in objects or surfaces. During an infrared thermography inspection, our inspectors use specialized cameras to measure temperature variations throughout your property. This allows us to identify potential issues that may not be visible to the naked eye. For example, we can detect areas of heat loss due to poor insulation or air leaks around windows and doors.

The infrared camera produces a thermal image as it passes over each surface. The image is instantaneously translated into different colors corresponding to the temperature signature it detects. Looking at these color variations, the home inspector can identify problem areas that may require further probing.

At the end of the thermal imaging inspection, the home inspector will review the images and explain the implications to the buyer or seller.

Quality Home Inspection with Thermal Imaging for Homebuyers & Homesellers:

At Morrell Inspection Services, we offer quality home inspections that include thermal imaging for both homebuyers and homesellers. Our comprehensive inspections provide you with a detailed report on the condition of your property so you can make informed decisions about buying or selling a home. With our thermal imaging technology, we can identify potential issues before they become major problems, saving you time and money in the long run.

Our inspection is focused on detecting signs of water leakage inside the foundation, walls, attics and other hard-to-reach spaces.

A thermal imaging camera can detect warm and cool signatures. A warm image is represented by white and red colors, while a cold image appears yellowish and blue on the screen. Since moisture absorbs heat energy, it leaves a cool signature, which is picked up by a thermal imaging camera to detect potential water leaks.

How are Infrared Home Inspections Different from Regular Home Inspections?

Infrared home inspections differ from regular home inspections because they use specialized technology to identify potential issues that may not be visible during a visual inspection alone. With infrared cameras, our inspectors can see through walls and ceilings to detect hidden problems such as water damage or electrical hotspots. Regular home inspections involve visual observation of the home’s electrical, plumbing, HVAC, foundation, roofing, landscaping, and exterior features. It does not have the same level of detail as an infrared inspection.

An infrared inspection is a valuable tool for identifying potential problems early on so they can be addressed before they become major issues down the road. More often than not, it comes as a standalone service and is not included in the regular inspection package.

Benefits of Thermal Imaging for Home Inspection

Thermal imaging for home inspections offers a variety of benefits.

Benefit #1 — Helps Detect Potential Water Leaks

If not addressed timely, water leaks can cause unprecedented damage to your property. What makes it more challenging is the fact that the issue doesn’t appear on the surface until it’s too late. However, with the help of a thermal imaging scan, you can detect potential water leaks before they have a chance to affect your property’s structural integrity.

Benefit #2 — Non-Invasive

Unlike conventional inspection methods, thermal imaging does not involve any physical changes to the property. All it takes is for the thermal imaging camera to have unobstructed access to the surface under scrutiny. That said, thermal imaging is completely non-invasive.

Benefit #3 — Quick and Easy

A thermal imaging inspection can be performed in a couple of hours. And since the process is non-invasive, the buyer or seller need not be present on-site during the inspection.

This aspect makes thermal imaging an excellent option for buyers/sellers who want a thorough inspection done without disrupting their busy schedules.

Additionally, thermal imaging is a cost-effective solution that can help protect your investment, as any problems will be identified quickly and easily with just one scan. With Morrell Inspection Services, you can rest assured that all potential risks and problems will be professionally assessed and addressed with safety in mind!

FREE LIMITED THERMAL SCAN W/ HOME INSPECTION

Infrared/Thermal cameras or other equipment will be used, just like any other tool for portions of the inspection process, as determined by the inspector at his/her sole discretion and is always “limited in nature” as part of a home inspection and not to be construed as a full or complete thermal scan and report. Typically, our company scans the electrical panel, outlets, and ceilings under bathrooms, areas where plumbing is running down the walls or areas the inspector deems problematic. This scan is not a full house thermal scan.

Home Inspection

Our Complete Home inspections include:

Roof Inspection

  • the roof covering
  • the gutters
  • the downspouts
  • the vents, flashings, skylights,
  • the chimney and other roof penetrations
  • the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.

Basement, Foundation & Crawlspace Inspection

  • the basement;
  • the foundation;
  • the crawlspace;
  • the visible structural components;
  • and report on the location of under-floor access openings;
  • and report any present conditions or clear indications of active water penetration observed by the inspector;
  • for wood in contact or near soil;
  • and report any general indications of foundation movement that are observed by the inspector, such as, but not limited to: sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, or floor slopes;
  • and report on any cutting, notching and boring of framing members which may present a structural or safety concern.

Structural Inspection

  • Inspect the overall structure of the home
  • Inspect the roof structure and framing
  • Inspect the piers, posts columns and other support members
  • Inspect the main and secondary bearing beams to ensure adequate support and functionality
  • Inspect the foundation, framing and methods, bearing walls and other components of the structure

Electrical Inspection

  • the service drop/lateral;
  • the meter socket enclosures;
  • the means for disconnecting the service main;
  • and describe the service disconnect amperage rating, if labeled;
  • panelboards and overcurrent devices (breakers and fuses);
  • and report on any unused circuit breaker panel openings that are not filled;
  • the service grounding and bonding;
  • a representative number of switches, lighting fixtures, and receptacles, including receptacles observed and deemed to be AFCI-protected during the inspection using the AFCI test button, where possible;
  • and test all Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) receptacles and GFCI circuit breakers observed and deemed to be GFCIs during the inspection using a GFCI tester, where possible;
  • and report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring, if readily accessible;
  • and report on any tested receptacles in which power was not present, polarity is incorrect, is not secured to the wall, the cover is not in place, the ground fault circuit interrupter devices are not properly installed or do not operate properly, evidence of arcing or excessive heat is present, or where the receptacle is not grounded or is not secured to the wall;
  • the service entrance conductors and the condition of the conductor insulation;
  • and report the absence of smoke detectors; and
  • service entrance cables, and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the integrity of the insulation, drip loop, or separation of conductors at weather-heads and clearances from grade or rooftops.

Heating System Inspection

  • operate and observe the heating systems using normal operating controls, and describe the energy source and heating method;
  • and report any needs for repair of the heating systems which do not operate or do not operate well
  • and report if the heating systems are deemed inaccessible.
  • Thoroughly inspect every accessible component of the heating system throughout the home during your home inspection

Cooling System Inspection

  • operate and observe the heating systems using normal operating controls, and describe the energy source and heating method;
  • and report any needs for repair of the heating systems which do not operate or do not operate well
  • and report if the heating systems are deemed inaccessible.
  • Thoroughly inspect every accessible component of the heating system throughout the home during your home inspection

Plumbing Inspection

  • inspect and determine if the water supply is public or private;
  • verify the presence of and condition of the the main water shut-off valve;
  • inspect the water heating equipment, including venting, connections, energy source supply system and verify the presence or absence of temperature-pressure relief valves;
  • flush and operate toilets;
  • water-test sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage;
  • inspect the interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets;
  • inspect the drain, waste and vent systems, including all fixtures;
  • describe any accessible fuel storage systems;
  • inspect the drainage sump pumps and test pumps with accessible floats;
  • inspect and describe the water supply, drain, waste and main fuel shut-off valves, as well as the location of the water main and main fuel shut-off valves;
  • inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow
  • inspect and report as in need of repair deficiencies in installation and identification of hot and cold faucets;
  • inspect and report as in need of repair mechanical drain-stops that are missing or do not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and
  • inspect and report as in need of repair commodes that have cracks in the ceramic material, are improperly mounted on the floor, leak, or have tank components which do not operate.

Fireplace and Wood Stove Inspection

  • the fireplace and wood stove, and open and close the damper door, if accessible and safe to operable;
  • hearth extensions and other permanently installed components;
  • and report as in need of repair deficiencies in the lintel, hearth and material surrounding the fireplace, including fireplace opening clearance from visible combustible materials.

Exterior Inspection

  • the siding, flashing and trim
  • all exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias
  • and report as in need of repair any spacings between intermediate balusters, spindles, or rails for steps, stairways, balconies, and railings that permit the passage of an object greater than 4 inches in diameter
  • a representative number of windows
  • the vegetation, surface drainage, and retaining walls when these are likely to adversely affect the structure
  • and describe condition of the exterior wall covering.

Doors, Windows and Interior Inspections

  • open and close a representative number of doors and windows;
  • inspect the walls, ceilings, steps, stairways and railings;
  • and report as in need of repair any spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles or rails for steps, stairways and railings that permit the passage of an object greater than 4 inches in diameter;
  • inspect garage doors and garage door openers by operating first by remote (if available), and then by the installed automatic door control;
  • and report as in need of repair any installed electronic sensors that are not operable or not installed at proper heights above the garage door;
  • and report as in need of repair any door locks or side ropes that have not been removed or disabled when garage door opener is in use;
  • and report as in need of repair any windows that are obviously fogged or display other evidence of broken seals

The Home Inspection Process

I understand the importance of a quality home inspection and would be privileged to inspect for you. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Our home inspection process typically starts like this:

  • Initial contact- we will discuss your home inspection needs and mutually decide what inspection services you need, such as a home inspection with a radon test and/or a mold inspection for example.
  • We will set an appointment that is convenient for you, and typically arrive on site 15-30 minutes early. On site we will cover points 3 -7
  • We will review the home inspection process together and go over what is involved in a home inspection and review your specific concerns, if any.
  • We start the home inspection by examining the property in a logical and orderly method. We believe in a “one-on-one” approach with our clients.
  • THE AVERAGE INSPECTION TAKES 2 -3 HOURS. But the inspection may be longer, as some homes may have more issues and we also want to make sure all of your questions are answered.
  • I will then inspect all the major components in the home (i.e. roof, electrical, plumbing, heating units, the structure, and more).
  • After the home inspection we will review the information and discuss any points of interest.
  • You will then receive a full electronic home inspection report. Afterwards, we are always available for additional questions that you may have.

We provide home inspections in Thibodaux, Houma, Gonzales, Denham Springs, Baton Rouge, Luling and All Surrounding Areas and surrounding areas.

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Mold Inspections

Mold Inspections

  • Any musty smells?
  • Water damage?
  • Roof, basement or plumbing leaks?
  • Black mold in the basement, attic or living area?

Morrell Inspection Services LLC is an InterNACHI certified mold inspector and an IAC2 Certified Indoor Air Consultant and Mold Expert. Our mold inspections are thorough, and ultimately protect your health.

Homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings can all benefit from a thorough mold inspection by Morell Inspection Services. We promise to help make your environment cleaner and healthier.

What is Mold vs Mildew?

Mold and mildew have many similar characteristics, but they are different types of fungi, and are often different in color and texture. Mold is often black, green, red or blue, yellow in color while mildew is usually gray or white. Mold can be harmful to humans, while mildew presents no serious threat. Neither is in the plant or animal family and both are considered fungi that have enzymes used to break down organisms. They both reproduce by spores. They both become a problem when they start thriving in our homes.

How does Mold Affect Us?

Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Severe reactions may occur among workers exposed to large amounts of molds in occupational settings, such as farmers working around moldy hay. Severe reactions may include fever and shortness of breath. Some people with chronic lung illnesses, such as obstructive lung disease, may develop mold infections in their lungs.

In 2004 the Institute of Medicine (IOM) found there was sufficient evidence to link indoor exposure to mold with upper respiratory tract symptoms, cough, and wheeze in otherwise healthy people; with asthma symptoms in people with asthma; and with hypersensitivity pneumonitis in individuals susceptible to that immune-mediated condition. The IOM also found limited or suggestive evidence linking indoor mold exposure and respiratory illness in otherwise healthy children. In 2009, the World Health Organization issued additional guidance, the WHO Guidelines for Indoor Air Quality: Dampness and Mold (CDC)

What Can We Do?

First of all, hire a certified mold inspector to inspect your home and help you make the right decision. Call today! (985) 859-7580

We provide mold inspections in Thibodaux, Houma, Gonzales, Denham Springs, Baton Rouge, Luling and All Surrounding Areas and surrounding areas.

Sewer Scopes

Sewer Scope

Professional Sewer Scope / Video Pipe Inspections

Morrell Inspection Services recognized the increased demand for Sewer Scope Inspections and we are excited to announce that we are now scheduling appointments. Morrell Inspection Services inspectors are highly trained and experienced home inspection professionals, and will now be able to add even more critical and useful information on your home and/or home purchases. Inspections can be scheduled as an add on to an inspection order or stand alone. A sewer scope is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line leading from the house at/near the foundation and connecting to the city or HOA tap or septic tank. A lateral sewer line is the privately-owned pipeline connecting the property to the publicly-owned main sewer line, HOA tap, or septic tank.

Sewer-scoping the line can reveal blockages, damage to the pipe system, and other problems, which are vital for homeowners and/or home buyers to be aware of. A sewer scope inspection can be critical to identifying and confirming these problems, which must be addressed immediately.

We use the latest in sewer scope technology to provide you with a clear picture of what is going on with your underground sewer line. Issues with an underground sewer line can cost thousands of dollars if left undetected – so be sure to protect your home and investment.

Video Inspections

We are able to take clear video to make sure there is no mistaking the problems in your sewer line.

Still Shots

We are able to incorporate still shots into report format so you have an easy-to-read report outlining all of the issues.

Clean

Our inspection is as clean as it gets. We access the line from the exterior when possible, and we always keep the site clean and sanitary.

Residential and Commercial

Whether you need a sewer scope on a home you are buying or selling, or you need a sewer scope of a commercial sewage line, we have what you need.