Saturday, March 1, 2014

Tools Required For Home Inspection

Following tools should be a part of Home Inspector toolkit!

1. Moisture meter

A good quality moisture meter is a must in every home inspectors toolkit. It is required to measure moisture content in various building components and to check for active water leaks. There are many cheap moisture meters available but believe me a home inspector who uses them is not doing justice to their clients. At RK Home Inspections we carry the very best "Surveymaster Protimeter" by GE which is by far the industry standard for highest quality.

2. GFCI Tester & Wiring tester

This is used to test the GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) outlets in the house. Furthermore its tests the wiring problems in the house.

3. AFCI Tester

This is used to test the AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters) outlets in the house.

4. Clamp Meter & Multimeter

To test the voltage (measured in volts) and current (measured in Amperes)  in the house electrical wiring.

5. Infrared Thermometer

To check the temperature of various components and electrical breakers in the house.

6. Combustible Gas Detector

Combustible gas leaks eg. natural gas can be a very big fire hazard in the house. To detect gas leaks a gas leak detector is used.

7. Carbon Monoxide Detector

Carbon Monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas. If inhaled in high quantities it can be fatal. Carbon Monoxide detector is used to determine the levels of carbon monoxide in the house.

 8. Flashlights

Flashlights of different power and sizes are very important to inspect the house thoroughly.

9. Ladders

Different types of ladder to suit the need.

10. Microwave Oven Tester

11. Inspection Mirrors

Special mirrors which can be extended to inspect hard to reach spaces.

12. Infrared Camera

To inspect the water leakage, missing insulation, overheating circuits and energy efficiency of the house. For more information click Thermal Imaging Camera.

13. Borescope

Also known as snake eyes to inspect hard to reach spaces.

Inspecting a house is a very specialized job don't hire unprofessional Home Inspector who do not have necessary tools and equipment to inspect one of the biggest investment you will ever make. Always remember you get what you pay for.

At RK Home Inspections we have all the above mentioned tools and have years of experience in building construction. 

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