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What Equipment Do Building Inspectors Use In Their Work?

Building and Pest Inspections involve much more than a visual inspection. A professional building inspector will always use advanced tools and equipment in their work. Using these helps the professionals spot various defects and problems that may not be evident to the naked eye.

Most of this equipment is used to improve the efficiency, speed, and accuracy of the inspection and readings. Here we take a look at some of the equipment that building inspectors use in their work:


#1 Accurate Termite Detection Equipment

To eliminate most of the guesswork during termite inspections, experts use a variety of new tools such as:

  • Radars that emit calibrated signals, to confirm the existence of termites. These are capable of detecting termites through drywall, plywood, plasterboard, bricks and other building materials.
  • Tools that can differentiate between ants and termites without the need of accessing building cavities.
  • Advanced equipment is used that does not require any physical penetration of the walls. This helps to identify the exact location of the termite infestation and gives accurate readings. Since the termite nests are not disturbed in any way during the inspection, termite control applications can be used while the pests are in that location. This improves the effectiveness of the treatment.

#2 Moisture Detection Equipment

Excess humidity or moisture in interior spaces of buildings results in the build-up of mould, algae, rot, and mildew. When left untreated, these elements can cause extensive damage to features like roofing, flooring, walls, and insulation. In order to avoid such major issues, proper inspection of the entire structure has to be carried out in an efficient and professional way.

The amount of moisture in the building needs to be measured. A moisture metre can easily detect moisture within tiles or vinyl. This device helps identify concealed leaks in bathrooms or shower floors and provides readings of moisture levels within the structure.

This helps the inspector trace back the leak to the point of origin, and also determine the cause of entry. It is crucial that the building inspector have complete knowledge of various building materials and components, in order to carry out the inspection effectively.

The expert also needs to have a good understanding of Australian Building Standards and reference guides for water damage restoration. When the inspector gives the client the building and pest inspection report, they also need to provide recommended solutions for the problem.


#3 Other Tools And Equipment

  • Professionals also use powerful flashlights for areas that are dimly lit or dark areas where it can be difficult for them to take photos.
  • Many building inspectors carry backup batteries to use in emergencies. Loss of power without warning can be difficult for the professional to conduct further investigations.
  • A spirit level device is also used to determine whether there are leveling problems in installations such as flooring, windows or walls.
  • The building and pest inspectors may also use a termite donger. This tool is made of a thin fiberglass rod with a plastic ball at the tip. They use it to tap walls, timber frames or skirting boards, to check for hollowness, which could indicate the presence of a termite infestation.

We use the latest and most advanced building inspection tools in our work and our inspector will conduct the job in a professional and skillful manner. If you want to know more about our services here at Inspect It First, don’t hesitate to call us at 1300 557 047 or contact us through our contact form and we will revert shortly.

Thanks for reading,
Inspect It First Team
1300 557 047

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