Date Published: April 24, 2019
If you’ve ever hired a home inspector and were present for the inspection, you may have looked at his/her tool bag with interest. Inspectors carry and use all sorts of useful gadgets. The right tools are necessary for conducting a thorough, top-to-bottom inspection of a home. In this article, we’ll discuss this subject in detail, and help you understand a few of the common home inspector tools of the trade used to examine and evaluate homes.
Gas Leak Testers
There are a variety of gas leak testers available for home use, but home inspectors use high-quality, professional-grade gas leak testers, which are extremely sensitive and can detect even the smallest gas leaks. The gases typically tested for are natural gas and propane.
Gas leak testers are used wherever there is a gas line – to test for leaks near combustion appliances like furnaces, water heaters, gas ranges and ovens, gas fireplaces, and other such devices. Gas leaks can be dangerous and elusive, so proper recognition and detection of a leak is a key element of any home inspection.
CO (Carbon Monoxide) detectors are used to detect even the smallest levels of carbon monoxide in a home. These handheld devices are used to ensure that there are no harmful levels of carbon monoxide in a home, which may otherwise be overlooked because carbon monoxide is colorless and odorless. CO is primarily created by central heating systems and other household appliances that use gas, wood, or coal as their source of power.
Outlet testers are small devices with an electronic readout, which are plugged directly into power outlets to check their functionality – and verify that proper voltage and power is flowing through the outlet. Inconsistent or improper readings may indicate wiring or electrical issues, which may require further testing and examination.
Non-Contact Voltage Testers
These devices are used to test wires, cables and other electrical equipment to check if the wire is “live” and has electricity flowing through it. This is useful for ensuring safety when checking electrical systems. It can also be helpful when finding opened spliced wiring or older wiring to ensure it is no longer active.
Moisture meters are used to help diagnose a wide variety of issues and detect things like leaks in the roof, leaks in plumbing systems, moisture in the walls, potential mold growth, and more. Moisture meters use a special electrical