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Get a Better Home Inspection with Thermal Imaging: An Interview with Eugene Hacker of Kern River Home Inspections

By Eugene Hacker

Tell us a little bit about your experience, company history and the services you offer.

Kern River Home Inspections provides home inspections for home buyers in Bakersfield and Kern County. I inspect all major systems and give the buyer a very detailed report so they have a full understanding of the condition of the home they are buying.

Can you briefly explain what thermal imaging is?

A thermal imaging camera is unique in that it displays differences in temperature rather than visual light like a normal camera. It is not X-ray vision nor does it produce anything harmful.

When is thermal imaging used in a home inspection?

Thermal imaging is a great tool for an inspector to help give a better insight into the condition of the property. It is helpful for detecting missing insulation, finding leaks or overheating electrical panel components.

What are the benefits of hiring a home inspector who uses thermal imaging?

An inspector who is equipped with a thermal imaging camera will be prepared to find issues which would likely be overlooked by a visual only inspector.

What are the most common issues that you detect in Bakersfield-area homes with an infrared camera?

The main issues I find are leaks and missing insulation. In older homes it's common to find old doorways or windows that have been walled over but not insulated. Its also common to find missing insulation around door framing and above windows.

Is there something that most people don't know about thermal imaging and home inspections that they should know?

The main thing is to understand that it is not X-ray vision. It is a great tool to get additional insight into what is happening with a structure but it cannot see through walls. Its also important to understand that is completely safe for an inspector to use. Some people think they emit harmful radiation, again this is not true. It is simply a camera that views heat rather than visible light.

What's the best way for people to get in contact with you and your company?

I strive to make it easy for people to contact us in the way that best for them. I can be contacted by phone at 661-205-9172, email, and we even have a form on our website where you can contact us 24 hours a day with the information needed to get your inspection scheduled.

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