Aerial Drone Use in Our Home Inspection
More and more Home Inspectors are using drones during the Home Inspection process to inspect roofs, upper exterior walls, and to get an aerial view of the entire home and property, including foliage, drainage, and fencing. The use of a drone can also help speed up the home inspection process and is safer for the home inspector because it reduces the time spent climbing up and down a ladder to get onto a roof or exterior structure, lowering the risk associated with using a ladder and climbing onto the roof or tall structures on the property.
In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new regulations for the commercial use of drones. The new FAA regulations require that anyone operating a drone outdoors for a commercial purpose obtain a Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC), register their drone, and follow specific FAA requirements when operating the drone. Using a drone for a home inspection is a commercial purpose and our Inspector is certified and compliant with FAA PART 107 and all applicable FAA Regulations.
Why We Use Thermal Imaging (Infrared) During Our Home Inspections
Thermal imaging can reveal concentrations of moisture, potential locations of mold, roof leaks, and possible termite nests. It is also possible to detect electrical problems as well as heat and energy loss, foundation issues, structural concerns, missing or under insulated areas, ventilation problems and possible rodent infestations.
Using thermal imaging while checking your roof can reveal high levels of moisture because water usually loses heat at a slower rate than the surrounding roofing materials because of its high thermal capacity. When our inspector looks at a thermal image of the roof they can see with just one image if any areas have accumulated moisture. When reviewing the thermal image the roofing materials will have released their heat showing up blue or purple, while the moisture saturated materials will still be warm and will show up red or orange on the image.
Thermal Imaging can help our Inspector identifying the source of electrical problems quickly and accurately. The image will show up with yellow streaks wherever there is possible damage to electrical systems, this makes it easier to spot electrical issues during our home inspection.
Using our infrared camera to scan walls, floors and ceilings allows us to see changes in temperature and conductivity which tell us about hidden missing structural components and possible damaged portions of these components. Missing insulation inside walls and ceilings is easy to spot and could save the home owner in heating and cooling bills over time. Thermal images can also reveal wet basement walls which could be a potential source of mold.
Our infrared thermal imaging home inspection process will help you When buying your dream home because it will reveal hidden issues in the home that can only be seen through the use of this technology. Current home owners with no intentions of selling would benefit from having a thermal inspection done because it could save them potential risk with electrical issues, mold and moisture issues, Foundation problems, and heating and cooling costs. Infrared technology is a good addition to a visual inspection, and doesn’t negate the need for an inspector with experience and knowledge of all systems that make up a home.