Advancements in technology are making the inspection process easier for people looking to purchase a home. Thermal imaging with infrared technology allows the inspector to examine temperature changes wherever the camera is pointed. It can detect water moisture behind a wall where plumbing lines could be leaking. Water damage could occur from a leaking roof with water running behind the sheetrock when it rains.

The technology can detect wet installation on the inside of the interior walls. It can determine where leaks could be located with heating and cooling ductwork. Water damage inside the attic can be detected with infrared cameras. It helps allow inspectors to do a more detailed inspection using other equipment to determine problems.

Sewer scope technology
Inspectors are using a video inspection of sewer lines with a sewer scope. This technology helps determine what kind of condition the pipe is in. It reveals blockages and damage to the sewer line. This technology can help potential homebuyers decide on whether to purchase a house that could need sewer line repair.

Sewer scope inspections are important to help people avoid risking thousands of dollars on sewer line replacement after purchasing a home. This is a cost-effective method to avoid buying a house that has hidden problems underground. Tree root growth inside the line can be a terrible and costly reality. Sewer scope inspection has made it possible for people to learn more about a home.

Asbestos testing

Asbestos is found in many building materials used in home fabrication before it was discovered that the fibers could cause cancer. Inspectors use asbestos testing to learn if a home has the materials with asbestos. A sample of suspected material is sent off to a lab for testing. This is an important procedure for anyone to have completed before purchasing a home.

Checking water quality

Tap water is another concern many people worry about. Many contaminants are present in the public water supply. Water quality testing provides answers to what can be present in a municipal water supply. Chlorine and fluoride are used for disinfecting the water for safety. Heavy metals and minerals are found in the water supply.

Checking water quality ensures the water supply is safe. Many people will take the results to decide whether they want to install a water filtration system in the home they could purchase. Inspectors can check water quality with on-site results or send off to a lab for extensive testing.

Mold testing

Inspectors can test a home for mold in two ways. Air samples detect mold with a spore trap sample. It captures particles on a sticky surface that are sent off to labs to check for mold. Surface samples can be checked with several methods.

A bulk sample is a small amount of material sent off to the lab. Swab samples involve collecting a sample from a suspected area to send off for results. Tape samples use a piece of clear tape pressed against material that will pick up the mold presence for testing at a lab. The lab analyzes the samples for positive or negative results.

Technology will continue to improve with more improvised methods to test homes for potential problems. This is the exciting reality of our world in the present age.