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Old 2017-07-30, 08:59 AM
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Default FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera Rental in Ottawa

Hi everyone,

Does anybody know where i can rent a thermal imaging camera in Ottawa? Home Depot rents them out in the States but not here. Unfortunately, I cant afford to buy one just yet.

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Even if you could rent a quality camera it may cost more than just hiring a local inspector to look for you.
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robertson rent-all has thermal imagers for 96$ per day.
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Old 2017-07-31, 12:51 PM
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Even if you could rent a quality camera it may cost more than just hiring a local inspector to look for you.
a little biased?
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robertson rent-all has thermal imagers for 96$ per day.
cheers mate!
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Ive never done this. Are there special skills needed to properly interpret the images? or is it straightforward?
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Ive never done this. Are there special skills needed to properly interpret the images? or is it straightforward?
Depends what you are looking for but for basic stuff like voids in the attic insulation and identifying leaks below bathrooms a standard setup should be fine. BUT, some leaks below bathroom can be pretty subtle and moisture meters should be used to confirm leaks.

IR works well when checking air flow from HVAC registers.

Shame that the OP did not say why they wanted an IR camera. IR works best when it is either cold or hot outside. Then all of the exterior and attic structure is visible.

If the rental is for a low resolution camera it may not be a great value.
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I'm bumping up the old thread because someone in my family has been looking to rent. I guess if someone wants to use it just to check for the air leak around door/window frame on a very cold or hot days then renting makes a lot of sense. It is pretty easy to use I believe.
Pat, did you rent it finally? Was it easy to use & useful?
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Very true. $96 per day is a pretty good deal if the only purpose is to look at IR images around the home.
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Even if you could rent a quality camera it may cost more than just hiring a local inspector to look for you.
I wish that was the case. Our Home Inspector came with a nice camera, but wouldn't use it to scan the entire house (or even trouble spots), only a limited number of issues we pointed to specifically and when it got really cold the next day following the inspection and we had ice forming around the joist headers in the basement we told them, but they only said they would come back for 175$ an hour.

Even though he found low insulation in the attic, he wouldn't take thermal images of the ceiling to show the trouble area's etc.

So I'd like to hire a professional who does their job, but unfortunately no matter how well you research and ask questions, any person on any given day can do a lousy job (Everyone on this form knows of the home inspector we used) so we're looking to rent a camera as well vs paying $500 and rolling the dice on another home inspector.
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