Commercial airline pilots claim that they are paid over $200,000 each year to work for two minutes. Most of the time they routinely fly on autopilot, but their experience and training helps them recognize and handle unexpected situations. Similarly, the experience and knowledge of your home inspector is crucial for recognizing and reporting unusual conditions. Despite almost 30 years of experience, we are continually encountering new situations. We may not always have the answers, but we usually know what questions to ask to find out. Our disciplined evidence based approach is fundamental to our work. Our expertise includes building science, thermography, building codes, construction practices and indoor air quality. We are inquisitive, and have had proposed code changes adopted.
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Most of our inspection work relies on looking for anomalies- conditions that are present that should not be, and conditions that should be present but aren't. We frequently use test equipment to verify visual observations. A good example is the use of moisture meters to trace the source of a leak. The key is knowing when to use specific test equipment and the limitations of its use. Despite our innovations and tool junkie reputation, we follow Albert Einstein's advice, “ Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” You must know what conditions to expect and how various building assemblies and equipment should perform.