The inspection of the interior of the dwelling starts at the front entry door and is a very systematic inspection using a detailed checklist. Various tests are carried out during the course of the inspection. A moisture meter is used to check for damp, and we use the Fluke TiR32 Thermal Camera to locate water leaks and termite infestations – this highly-sensitive camera is specifically designed for building inspections and is an excellent tool.
Bathrooms are a very important part of the inspection – not only are they very expensive to repair or replace, but are the main source of moisture and leaks within the dwelling. Leaking showers are a very common defect; we carry out water testing of tiled showers for possible leaks.
Doors and windows are operated and tested for alignment as “out of square”. Poorly aligned doors and windows are often a tell-tale sign of significant building movement. Wall and ceiling linings are checked for signs of cracking and moisture damage.
Floor and wall tiles are checked for secure fixing or drummy floors. All taps are checked and operated, as are light switches and fans.
Thermal imaging cameras are an excellent additional tool for inspecting buildings but do not take the place of a Timber Pest Inspection. To comply with Australian Standards, the inspector is still required to tap and probe all accessible timber and use a moisture meter.