Inspection Tools

Moisture

Moisture intrusion is the single most important factor causing damage to a building. As such, it’s critical that a home inspector have the proper tools to assist in the detection of moisture.  Potential home buyers need reliable and understandable information about moisture issues before making a final decision about a home purchase.

Thermal Imaging

Home inspectors rely on their experience and their trained eye to detect problems.  A thermal imaging camera can help by detecting minor variations in temperature that the eye can’t see.  Thermal variations can be an indication of an electrical or a moisture problem.  It can also help identify basic shortcomings involving energy loss with insulating materials and heating and cooling equipment.

Disclaimer Note: A thermal imaging camera is not a moisture meter; it is not an x-ray machine that sees through walls; and it is not a magic device that completely removes the risks of concealed moisture problems or damage.  A thermal imaging camera simply identifies thermal anomalies.  It is an aid to identify areas that need further investigation.

 

Moisture Meters

Moisture meters make a home inspector’s job easier and allow for more accurate and detailed information about the presence of moisture, the moisture level and its exact location. Generally speaking, while wood destroying organisms require about 20% moisture to grow and thrive, 17-20% is considered borderline. 

Manometer Floor Level Survey

Inspectors rely on visual signs of distress from exposed structural components and finished surfaces to determine the fitness of the foundation. However, distress symptoms can be cosmetically repaired preventing detection of structural damage or settlement.  A manometer floor level survey is a check to see if a building slab or floor is level to within normal construction tolerances.   It is critical information to know whether or not a building’s foundation system has experienced undue settlement, and is important to have before making a final decision about a purchase of real property.

Disclaimer Note: A manometer survey does not detect hidden cracks in foundation walls or floor slabs. Additionally, it is not a promise of future stability or a verification of soil or hillside stability.  A manometer survey simply identifies if a floor system or slab has performed normally or if it has shifted or settled since its construction.