A home inspector carries a lot of tools to inspect a home. Some inspectors carry the tools on a tool belt, and some use a tool bag. Home inspections are not invasive and are a “visual” inspection of the property. Home inspectors could only carry a flashlight and a circuit tester if they choose and still be within the standards of practice set forth by industry standards.
There are many tools available for home inspectors to help diagnose the home. From infrared cameras to pin-less moisture meters.
Profound Home Inspections made the choice to go above and beyond all industry standards. We use state-of-the-art tools during inspections if we feel the need for that specific tool is needed.
Below is a short list of some of the tools we carry and will use if we feel the need is appropriate.
Our Co detector records and alerts us to the presence of dangerous carbon monoxide in the ambient air. We decided to go with the UEI C071A for its accuracy and reliability. Yes, there are “cheap” models of CO detectors on the market that do not stand up to the Profound Standards of Practice otherwise know as PSOP.
Profound has ran into multiple gas leaks at fuel burning appliances. This tool is used when there are indications through visual and or smell, if a potential gas leak could be happening. The semiconductor sensors in the CD100A responds instantaneously to ALL combustible gases. The CD100A can be used in tight quarters where other units might not fit. Safety First!
Our Suretest circuit analyzer “looks behind walls” to identify wiring problems that can lead to personal shock hazards, electrical fires, or equipment performance issues. This tool will tell us if there is a “False Ground” on a receptacle that cannot be found by a normal “circuit tester” that is carried by most home inspectors.
Personal shock hazards stem from poor grounding, false grounds, and/or no ground fault protection.
Electrical fires are primarily caused from arc faults and high resistance points that lead to glowing connections in the circuit wiring.
Equipment performance issues arise due to insufficient voltage available under load, poor ground impedance, and high ground-to-neutral voltage
This tool is used on homes that were built prior to equipment grounding. When we inspect a home that has minimal ground wires in the panel and the initial testing on the receptacles comes up as “grounded”, we know it’s time to bring out the Suretest! SAFETY!
Profound home inspections does a limited infrared scan on every inspection. We use the camera to validate heat output from ovens and cooktops as well as temperature for the water supply. We also use the camera to look for thermal anomalies in the electrical panel(s).
Thermal imaging finds surface temperatures and can show thermal anomalies. It can also show a surface temperature that differs from what is expected. It’s upon further investigation with other tools that indicate leaks and missing insulation etc. It looks for temperature differences that maybe inside walls and or ceilings. This technology allows Profound to get clues on certain components throughout the structure.
The Protimeter Surveymaster has two modes of operation: Search (non-invasive) and Measure (pin-type). These functions allow us to distinguish sub-surface and surface moisture, which is essential when investigating the extent of a moisture problem. There are tools other inspectors carry that are considered “moisture meters” but, they have nowhere near the capabilities of the Protimeter.
The search mode is used to access moisture beneath the surface. This would include walls, floors, tile etc. When held against the surface, the instrument transmits a signal into the material. The relative moisture level is shown on the digital display and its moisture condition is shown on the accompanying scale of color-coded lights. This measurement allows Profound Home Inspections to see if the surface is dry, damp or wet, map the extent of moisture problems numerically, and provides a non-invasive way to find moisture at depths that are not always directly visible.
Profound Home Inspections uses a drone when a drone is needed. We prefer walking every roof, but there are times a drone is needed during and inspection of a particular roof.
Drones provide a way to inspect roofs that would otherwise be inaccessible. Often, a roof is inaccessible when it is too high, too steep or too wet to safely access. Certain roofing materials, such as clay tile, or significant amounts of wear also may inhibit an inspector from traversing the roof.
We use a DJI Mini 2 drone. This drone capture pictures and videos in a 4K format that allows us to view the roof components as if we were walking the structure. Profound Home Inspections does not charge an extra fee when the drone is needed. Our goal is to provide the potential home buyer with as much information as we can prior to the purchase of the home. More information on the DJI Mini can be found here: https://www.dji.com/mini-2
We get asked why it takes us so long on a home inspection. Profound Home Inspections schedules all inspections at a minimum of 3 hours. For a home inspection to be completed in an hour or so is very hard to believe. Profound Home inspections will only allow 2 inspections to be scheduled on any day. We feel giving the clients are best at every inspection is our purpose, and that cannot be done by scheduling more than 2 a day.
When choosing a home inspector, do your research! Call them and speak with them. Ask them questions. Are they certified? What SOP do they follow? What national organization are they with? How long does the home inspection take? What tools do they use? Google the inspection company. Look at their reviews from the community. Do NOT rely on an inspector from your Real Estate agent. Look, there are great agents in the Wichita area and there are bad. The purchase of a home is a big investment in life. Please, do your research before you chose an inspection company. One thing I believe is a good indicator of how well the company will inspect your potential home is by a past report. Ask them for sample report that is recent (a week or two). Most if not all inspectors will be able to provide this to you very easily. Look at their website! If they are proud of the inspection report that they deliver, the sample reports will be available for you to view. If the company will not provide you with a past (recent) report, keep looking for another inspector. You can view our sample reports on this site or just click here.
If you or anyone you know has any questions at all about a home or what is expected prior, during and after a home inspection, call us! 316.744.5464