Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging is not a new thing, in fact we use it on every inspection to help us in identifying possible moisture, but it can be beneficial in many other circumstances.  It is not magic, and it cannot see through walls. There are certain conditions where it works and where it doesn’t work. It takes a trained and experienced inspector with the right tools to ascertain what the thermal images could mean. That’s why I recently obtained my Certified Residential Thermographer training and certification.

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In the following post, I will describe the benefits to a performing a dedicated thermal inspection or as an add-on service when purchasing your new home!

What is a thermal inspection?

Thermographic inspections measure surface temperatures by using infrared cameras. These cameras see light that is in the infrared, or heat, spectrum. The images created record the surface temperature variations of the objects in frame. The created images assist the inspector in identifying thermal abnormalities. These abnormalities are just that, abnormalities.  They can identify that something unusual is happening there but it cannot identify what is occurring. Without appropriate follow up inspection such as the use of a moisture meter, the thermal images only provide half the story. Further information can be found at the US Department of Energy’s site.


Having mold around the house is always unpleasant, and if it’s left unattended, it can quickly become a health hazard. However, mold cannot grow without moisture.  Thermal cameras are great tools to help identify potential moisture in walls and ceilings that would otherwise have gone unnoticed.  Remember, it needs to be followed up by using a moisture meter to confirm though. Once these locations are identified though, it becomes a lot easier to deal with this problem. Remove the mold and damaged building components, fix the source of moisture, dry the area out, clean and repair. Remember, this will only work if there is moisture that is at a different temperature than the surrounding building materials. I include a quick thermal scan on every inspection of the walls, ceiling and floors but a full thermal inspection is much more intensive.


Over time, the electrical wiring system placed throughout the home could begin to deteriorate. Thermal imaging can help identify the locations of electrical hot spots and other anomalies, which if not corrected could lead to potential dangers. During a full thermal inspection, I will scan the interior of the electrical panel and all electrical receptacles and switches. The scan will show a thermographic anomaly (hot spot) on failing connections.  Absolutely no electrical connection should be hotter than the other components and wiring on that circuit. Again, this only identifies a potential problem and I will then recommend an electrician further assess the connection point or device.  Thermal scans are now required to be performed on many commercial electrical systems on a regular basis. If it’s required for commercial properties, then there is a clear need for this safety inspection and the government has now mandated it.


Walls, floors, ceilings, and roofs will all show a difference in temperature at certain areas due to thermal bridging, assuming an adequate thermal variance between the exterior and interior of the home.  A thermal anomaly could indicate that there may be a problem, such as damaged or missing structural components. For roofs, in particular, thermal imaging can show if there is moisture gathering at specific points, indicating that there is a leak somewhere on the roof. During a full thermal inspection, I will scan the exterior and interior of the home as well as the attic. Any anomalies may need further investigation but generally it’s pretty clear what the issue is.


As a homeowner, nobody likes paying too much for electricity or gas.  We should strive to make, and then keep, our homes as energy-efficient as possible. A thermal imaging inspection can help detect areas that could use improvement.  Normally, doorways and windows are the biggest sources of air infiltration and thermal imaging will help identify potential areas of improvement.  Additionally, a thermal scan can help identify areas of missing insulation by locating areas that the insulation is either not installed or not performing.  During a full thermal inspection, I will scan all walls, windows, doors and ceilings looking for anomalies.


While this is much harder to detect with a thermal camera, it is possible to identify bees, rodents and even termites in walls or attics. Keep in mind, the thermal camera only looks for variations in heat, so the nest would need to be directly against an interior wall or ceiling and warm enough to conduct the heat into the drywall. This is the opposite of when the thermal imager is used to detect moisture but it still works!

I hope this helps explain what a thermal imager can do for you.  A sample thermal report can be found here:

Please call us if you would like us to perform a full thermal imaging inspection for you!

Hello, Houston Homeowners!
In our beautiful, bustling Houston area, there’s a lot to love about owning a home. But there’s one tiny, uninvited guest that loves our homes as much as we do – termites! These little critters are a big deal in Texas, and especially on the gulf coast. Termites are every homeowner’s worst fear because they can cause significant unseen damage.  Subterranean termites, which are common in this area, can cause significant damage to the structure of your home if an infestation is not identified and eradicated quickly.
Why Houston Homes?
Our warm, humid climate is like a termite paradise. It’s great for backyard BBQs, but it also means termites are more active and potentially damaging. Regular inspections are key to keeping these pests in check. Repairing termite damage that has gone too far can be costly, inconvenient, and is quite extensive work that will require a professional.


What Happens During a Termite Inspection?
  • A Thorough Check: We look at every nook and cranny – from your attic to your foundation. Some of the visible signs include: termite wings around, or even worse, inside your home; mud tubes running up your foundation; and wet or deteriorated wood.
  • Identifying Trouble Spots: We pinpoint areas where termites might party – like damp spots or wood piles near your home.
  • Detailed Reporting: You’ll get a comprehensive report on our findings, complete with photos identifying the locations.  We also include areas that would be conducive to termites – even if we don’t see them.
Prevention is Better Than Cure:
Regular termite inspections are not just about finding termites; they’re about preventing them. We offer advice on keeping your home less appealing to these unwelcome guests.


Solidium’s Expertise:
With a Texas Professional Home Inspector License (#24101), a Mold Technician License (#1312) and a Termite Technician License (#0921549 operating under TPCL#783068)  and years of experience in the Houston area, we know exactly what to look for. Our team is trained to spot the earliest signs of termite activity, ensuring your home stays safe and sound.


Your Home, Our Commitment:
At Solidium Inspections, we’re not just inspecting homes; we’re protecting dreams. A termite-free home is a happy home, and we’re here to keep it that way.


Don’t Wait for the Crunch:
The sound of termites shouldn’t be the first sign you notice. Regular inspections are a small investment in the health and longevity of your home.
Ready to Schedule an Inspection?
Think it might be time for a termite inspection? Or just want to chat about how to protect your home? Reach out to us!
When it comes to buying a newly constructed home in the Houston Metro area, the excitement and allure of pristine conditions and custom features can be overwhelming. However, it’s crucial to remember that even brand new homes can have hidden issues. At Solidium Inspections, we believe that a professional home inspection is a vital step in the home-buying process, even for new constructions. Here’s why.


The Myth of Perfection in New Constructions:


New doesn’t always mean flawless. Building a home is a complex process involving various contractors and subcontractors. Despite stringent building codes and inspections by city officials, oversights can happen.


Common Issues in New Builds:
  • Structural Defects: Poor framing, improper flashing or improper grading are common in new construction.
  • System Malfunctions: HVAC, electrical, and plumbing systems might have installation errors or even more common, the installation is not complete.
  • Finishing Flaws: Cosmetic issues, which while not structurally significant, can be costly to fix later. We note many of these as issues so you can better address them with the builder.
Benefits of a Professional Inspection:
  • Peace of Mind: Knowing your new Houston home has been thoroughly checked by a licensed third party inspector who works for you, not the builder.
  • Quality Assurance: Identifying construction deficiencies early, saving you future costs and hassle.
  • Safety First: Ensuring all systems are installed and functioning safely, which is critical in any new home.
Solidium’s Edge in New Construction Inspections:
At Solidium Inspections, we are fully licensed, insured and well-versed in the latest building standards.  We are meticulous in our approach and do our best to impart that detailed knowledge to you. We provide detailed, easy-to-understand reports on the same day, so you can make informed decisions quickly. Knowing that our reports are very detailed and can be complicated at times, we are always available for you to call or text about your report and our findings.  Additionally, going one step further, we are always available if you have a question about how to maintain your home no matter how long has passed since the inspection.




Investing in a new construction doesn’t eliminate the need for a home inspection. It’s about ensuring that your dream home in Houston is built to the standards you expect and deserve. Solidium Inspections is here to be your partner in this journey, offering you the assurance and expertise you need.


Are you a homebuyer, real estate agent, or homeowner in the Houston Metro area? Contact Solidium Inspections today for a professional and thorough home inspection that gives you the confidence and peace of mind you deserve.

As the chill and rains of winter settle in here in the gulf coast region, it’s time to prepare your home for the cold and wet months ahead. Winterizing your home not only ensures your comfort but also helps you save on energy bills and prevents potential damage. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through essential tips to winterize your home and create a cozy haven during the frosty season.


Winter is a time of hot cocoa, crackling fires, and snug blankets. But it’s also a season that demands special attention to protect your home from the harsh elements. By taking the necessary steps to winterize your home, you can ensure energy efficiency, maintain a warm and comfortable environment, and safeguard your property from potential hazards or damage.

Preparation Checklist

To winterize your home effectively, it’s crucial to pay attention to key areas. Here’s a checklist to guide you:

  • Insulation and Weatherstripping: Check for any gaps or drafts around windows, doors, and other openings. Seal them with weatherstripping or caulk to keep the cold air out and the warm air in. Be sure to pay attention to the caulking around the exterior window frames.With the wind driven rain we sometimes get, it’s a good idea to check that yearly.
  • HVAC System Maintenance: Have your heating system serviced by a professional HVAC technician to ensure optimal performance. Yearly maintenance is fairly cheap and can provide you some peace of mind if the weather turns bad. Clean or replace air filters regularly to improve air quality and energy efficiency.
  • Plumbing Protection: Prevent frozen pipes by insulating them and keeping the temperature above freezing. Disconnect outdoor hoses and cover exterior faucets. Don’t forget about the plumbing lines in any outdoor kitchens!
  • Roof and Gutter Maintenance: Clear debris from gutters to allow better rainwater drainage. Inspect your roof for damaged shingles or leaks from both the interior of your attic and at roof level. Address any issues promptly as neglect will only cost you more in the long run.
  • Safety Measures: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensure fire extinguishers are accessible and in good working condition.
  • Know your house: Ensure you can access your main electrical disconnect, main gas shutoff and main water shutoff. You never know when you might need them and you don’t want to be searching for them when you do. If I previously did your home inspection, it is in the report.

Efficiency and Cost Savings

Winterizing your home not only keeps you cozy but also helps you save on energy bills. By implementing these measures, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Reduced Energy Consumption: Proper insulation and weatherstripping prevent heat loss, reducing the need for excessive heating.
  • Tax Incentives and Rebates: Some energy-efficient upgrades may qualify for tax incentives or rebates, allowing you to save even more.

Safety and Comfort

Winterizing your home also ensures a safe and comfortable environment for you and your family. Consider the following:

  • Preventing Frozen Pipes: Proper insulation and keeping the temperature above freezing help prevent pipes from freezing and bursting, saving you from costly water damage.
  • Warm and Cozy Indoor Environment: By sealing drafts and maintaining a consistent indoor temperature, you can create a cozy and comfortable space for winter hibernation.

Professional Home Inspection

While DIY winterization measures can go a long way, it’s always beneficial to schedule a professional to make an unbiased and experienced assessment. A qualified home inspector can assess your home’s unique needs and provide recommendations tailored to your property. While I will always recommend an HVAC technician perform maintenance, you may not need to hire a roofer, a plumber or a general contractor if there are only easy DIY fixes. We perform our annual maintenance inspection (for previous clients) for a flat fee of $300. While very similar to the previous full home inspections, it does lack some level of detail. We may not test every window, door, light or receptacle but we do focus on the major systems and those items that will keep your home healthy and safe.  You can schedule your Annual Maintenance Inspection here:


Winterizing your home is a vital step to protect your investment and create a warm and comfortable haven during the chilly and wet months. By following the essential tips outlined in this blog post, you’ll improve energy efficiency, enhance safety, and enjoy some cost savings. Don’t wait until the weather turns bad—take action now and winterize your home or schedule an annual maintenance inspection to ensure your home is ready to face winter’s embrace.

What is a Sewer Camera Inspection?

A sewer camera inspection, or sewer scope inspection, is fairly simple but provides invaluable information before a home purchase. A camera will be run through the home’s main drainpipe and maneuver its way throughout the sewer lines to the municipal sewer or septic tank looking for any visible damage, cracks, or blockages. While it can take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour, it will depend on how large the home’s system is and what the issues are.

What are the indications that I should get a sewer camera inspection?

There are plenty of reasons why you should get a sewer scope inspection before purchasing. The primary being that a sewer line replacement could cost thousands of dollars but there are indicators that it is absolutely needed. Here are some red flags.

Previous soil or structural movement: This type of movement can damage pipes or offset the pipe joints. If the sellers disclose previous foundation repair, you should absolutely have the sewer line looked at. With the amount of movement that requires foundation repair, it is almost guaranteed those sewer pipes moved and could easily be damaged.

Slow drainage or backups: While a single slow drain is normally a localized issue, it could also be an indication of a partial blockage in the sewer pipe. With a normal inspection, the amount of water run through the system may not catch a partial blockage in the sewer line. Only a sewer camera inspection will.

Greener patches of grass: Rich green patches of grass could indicate the waste water is leaking into the soil. While good for the grass, cracks and damage in a sewer pipe are not only unsanitary but they can also lead to other issues.

Large trees: Roots from large trees can grow around and compress the sewer pipe, either breaking or cracking it. Roots may even grow into the pipe through cracks and joints, which can cause blockages.

Older homes: While we have seen homes have sewer line issues within a year of construction, age is probably the biggest indicator of probable problems. We recommend a sewer camera inspection at anything older than the 15-20 year mark. Most people have NEVER had the line inspected and 15-20 years is a long time for soil movement, root growth and chances that something has gone wrong. While plastic (ABS & PVC) has been the primary type of pipe used since the 80’s, any home built before 1980 could have aged and outdated cast iron or even clay piping.

Rodents or insects: Rodents and insects are commonly found in sewer systems, so seeing them above ground could indicate clogging or other problems, not just infestation. Roaches are the primary culprit that enjoy living in sewer pipes. If there are roaches in the home, they could be entering through a cracked or damaged sewer line.

What is the cost of a sewer camera inspection?

In the Houston Metro area, the average cost is $400 according to Manta Home Services. We normally charge $300 for a sewer camera inspection but if it is bundled with a home inspection it is only $150. We include a report and the full video of the inspection for you as well. Additionally, by using us at the time of the home inspection, you know you are getting an un-biased assessment and not someone trying to sell you a repair. While this may seem like a lot, but the cost of replacing your sewer drain or pipes is significantly higher. The cost of repairing your sewer line can easily run into the thousands of dollars.

Who should get a Sewer Camera Inspection?

Everyone who is purchasing a home would do well do have the sewer line inspected. New homeowners should consider getting a sewer inspection done even if newly constructed. We have seen where heavy equipment has damaged the line before anyone moved in. We have also seen debris piled up in the line because they didn’t take care when installing the piping. Older homes may have been damaged over the course of time, there could be blockages that manifest after you move in or there could be obsolete piping that was installed. Even septic tank systems still have a sewer lateral that runs from the house to the tanks. Septic tank companies do not inspect that line. They only inspect the tanks and distribution fields.

Pre-Listing Inspections help both the Sellers and Buyers

Most home inspections are purchased by buyers, but sellers can benefit from a pre-listing inspection as well.  A pre-listing inspection provides sellers with honest and unbiased information about their property, allowing more control and timing over repairs and potentially strengthens their negotiating position. Additionally, this helps the seller and their agent to price the home more accurately by accounting for any uncorrected issues.

What is the difference between a pre-listing and a pre-purchase inspection?

The only differences are who the customer is and when the inspection is conducted.  As the home is intended to be part of a real estate transaction, all the same TREC rules and SOPs apply.  By conducting the inspection prior to putting the home on the market, now the seller is aware of the condition of the home and there are no surprises during the option period.

What is the fee for a pre-listing inspection?

The fee is the same as a pre-purchase inspection and varies with the size and age of the home.

What is the value to the seller to have a pre-listing inspection?

The pre-listing inspection allows the seller, and their agent, the opportunity to resolve the issues or have them accounted for in the listing price. The seller can then decide which issues should be corrected prior to listing and which should be accounted for in the pricing.  Additionally, more upfront information will minimize the stress of listing and negotiating any potential issues.  Homes that have had a pre-listing inspection completed will generally sell quicker and have fewer inspection-related issues to negotiate.

What is the value to the buyer to have a pre-listing inspection?

The purpose of an inspection is not to allow further price negotiations. It is to ensure the buyers know what they are buying in greater detail than provided during a 10 minute showing.  By being provided the information in a pre-listing inspection, buyers are provided more facts to work with, and therefore their decision to purchase is made in a more deliberate manner.  Additionally, the buyers can always have their own inspection completed if they want further clarity on some items or to verify the items were appropriately corrected.  Remember, inspections are a snapshot in time and many things can happen to a home during the months the home is on the market or waiting to close.

What should be disclosed from the pre-listing inspection?

While this is more a question for the agents representing the seller, in our opinion the entire report should be shared.  Our reports contain a vast amount of information about the home that would not be termed deficient and hence, not in need of repair. Buyers would greatly appreciate information such as the life expectancy of the roofing shingles, the location, age and capacities of the major appliances as well as where shut-offs or disconnects are located.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging technology uses an infrared camera to document temperature variations in different objects and surfaces. These cameras are used in many applications and professions, one of them being home inspections. Thermal imaging in home inspections provides a more thorough inspection report because it can detect hidden issues that affect your home.

Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections Finds Air Leaks

Air can leak out through the tiniest openings around doors and windows. This reduces energy-efficiency because conditioned air is lost and the AC or furnace needs to work harder to replace it and keep your home comfortable. Small gaps and cracks are generally not visible to the naked eye, but an infrared camera will detect the temperature differences in these vulnerable areas.

Moisture Problems

A leak in a pipe behind the wall is often invisible until serious water damage has occurred and damaged your drywall. An infrared camera can help catch a leak in the early stages so that it can be repaired before it causes major damage and mold. The damp area will show up as a cooler color temperature than the rest of the wall.

Electrical Issues Detected by Thermal Imaging in Home Inspections

Electrical problems are one of the most common causes of house fires, so it is critical to get them fixed. Thermal imaging detects dangerous hotspots in the electrical system that can’t be seen otherwise.

Inadequate Insulation

Over time, insulation in the walls, ceilings, and floors may deteriorate, sag, or collect moisture. If this happens, the home will be less energy-efficient, and heating and cooling costs will be higher than normal. A thermal scan reveals areas where insulation is lacking or has gotten wet, so you can pinpoint precisely where it needs to be replaced.

When hiring a home inspector, ask if they use an infrared camera during home inspections. It’s best to choose an inspector who uses this tool so you get the most comprehensive information about your property.

Solidium Inspections provides Houston and the surrounding areas with home inspections, including thermal imaging. Contact us to request our services.