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10 Handy Thermal Camera Hacks for DIY and Home Improvement


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published published

October 04, 2021


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To celebrate the relaunch of our Therm-App thermal camera, we wanted to share some useful thermal camera hacks.

Below are ten handy thermal camera uses for home improvement projects. These time and money-saving tips and tricks will give you peace of mind, providing you with behind-the-scenes intel before you ever lift a hammer (or a sledgehammer).

  1. Locating electrical infrastructure and pipes in the walls – Before starting any project, do a non-invasive sweep of your walls with your thermal camera to prevent damage to essential infrastructure. The thermal camera will potentially show infrastructure as different shades of greyscale or color within your thermal image.
  2. Find termite and wasp nests, beehives, and other insect infestations – These little critters can wreak havoc on your home. Still, with regular checks with a handheld thermal camera, you can catch them before it becomes a much costlier problem.
  3. Locate rodents and other animals that may be trapped or living in the walls/ceilings – Did you ever have a raccoon trapped in your attic? How about mice, rats or squirrels in the walls? With a heat-seeking thermal camera, you can find their exact location without tearing up half the house.
  4. Identify hot pipes before starting plumbing work – Maybe you forgot to shut off or disconnect the hot water? Save yourself from a scalding by sweeping the area first with your handy heat detection camera.
  5. Discover leaks, water damage, and their sources – Whether from the roof, pipes, or central air and heating systems (HVAC), handheld thermal cameras can take the guesswork out of finding water damage in walls, ceilings, floors, or masonry, and more importantly, its source.
  6. Ascertain points of air intrusion (too much cold air coming in) – Winter air intrusion can be a real drag. Use your thermal camera to find and seal these hidden drafty areas, from fireplaces to range hoods, doors, ceilings, and windows.
  7. Reveal electrical hot spots in fuse boxes or behind the walls – Hidden electrical hot spots can be dangerous, as the underlying causes sometimes lead to fires; this is especially important to check in older homes.
  8. Find hot pipes behind the walls – Overheating pipes can indicate that the heating system is malfunctioning and where the problem lies.
  9. Missing insulation in walls or ceilings (too much heat escaping the house) – Think that your high energy bills might be because the contractor cut some corners and shorted you on insulation? Afraid to ruin the walls looking for the culprit? With a simple pass of your thermal camera, you can find the exact areas missing insulation and fix them with a simple cut and fill procedure.
  10. Check water, fuel tanks or gas tanks – Using a thermal camera, you can determine the level of a water tank, fuel tank or gas bottle.

Now that you have these handy DIY thermal camera hacks for home improvements, plan out your attack carefully. Before you begin your project, be sure to disconnect all utilities and use the camera in the area/s you want to work on to ensure there are no anomalies in your workspace. Visit the Therm-App page for more information.

What are some helpful hacks you have discovered with your handheld thermal camera? Maybe you have some questions about whether a Therm-App is suitable for you? Contact us below; we would love to hear from you!