Equipment Used By Building and Pest Inspectors
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Learn about the different equipment used by our building and pest inspectors.
Building and pest inspections is a highly specialized industry. In Queensland, each inspector must have held a registered builder’s license for a minimum of 5 years before obtaining their building and pest license. This ensures each inspector has the necessary skills and experience to detect major building defects.
The best building and pest inspectors will also utilize a range of equipment to ensure they provide accurate information to clients. Each piece of equipment plays a special role during a building and pest inspection and helps our inspectors to find anomalies that may not be visible to the human eye.
Thermal Imaging Camera
A thermal imaging camera is a special device that uses infrared technology to scan for anomalies within an environment. Specifically, for building and pest inspections, it scans a home for any significant changes in temperature which can often indicate something is wrong. For example, abnormal heat patterns behind walls are indicative of termite activity.
Termites produce a lot of heat when they digest timber and nest together. Whereas, abnormal cold patterns may indicate moisture issues, damp problems or even a leak. The thermal imaging camera is particularly helpful as it provides additional insight into areas that our inspectors may not be able to access.
Excess moisture in a property can cause major issues. Beginning with mould and mildew, moisture can cause extensive damage to structural features like roofing, insulation, flooring and walls. Similarly, termites are highly attracted to areas of high moisture as they love damp timber. That’s why it’s important to identify and address high levels of moisture within properties.
Our Tramex moisture meters can read the moisture levels in or behind a particular item such as a wall, timber or tiles. This is particularly helpful in wet areas where a leak may not be immediately apparent.
A sounding tool is a metal tool that resembles a golf club with a semi-round ‘ball’ on the end. The inspectors use this tool to gently tap walls, skirting boards, architraves and door frames to produce a sound. As the inspectors go along a particular part of the house tapping, they are listening for any changes in sound the timber makes once it’s been tapped.
The purpose of this is to identify any hollow sounds in the timber. Hollow sounds are indicative of termite damage as termites eat timber from the inside out, leaving behind an empty space.
Limitations to building and pest inspections
It’s important to note that each building and pest inspection is completed in accordance with Australian Standards. Under these standards, our inspectors are only able to complete a visual inspection. This means they are unable to move furniture, remove plaster, lift the carpet up and other objects in the house to conduct a more invasive inspection.
Likewise, there's no tool currently available on the market that allows our inspectors to see behind solid objects. However, this equipment does help our inspectors to gain additional insight by potentially detecting anomalies that may not be visible to the human eye.
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