Yet, the same instruments that are used to inspect some of the largest machines in the world can also be used to inspect your home for potential health-endangering situations.
Inspecting the Home for Mold
Typically, mold isn't a problem indoors. Unless you live in a sterile environment in one of the world's most advanced technological facilities, mold is going to be around. Sometimes, though, mold can grow large enough to disperse allergens and toxins in the air. This usually happens in areas that are exposed to a lot of moisture and not enough drying.
Of course, mold isn't the only problem that could affect your health and your home.
- Mice, Wasps, and Other Unwanted Visitors — Mice are notorious for being able to squeeze through tiny holes. In the western half of the U.S., mice droppings can also spread the
hantavirusto people, which typically results in flu-like symptoms and leads to death in 38 percent of cases. You can use the borescopeto check for mice nests, wasp nests, and bat dens.
- Structural and Wiring Damage — Termites love chewing through the wood of a home, and finding their nests
early iscrucial to saving your home and wallet. Likewise, other animals and pests can cause structural damage. Frayed wires can lead to electrical shorts which can cause sparks and house fires. If you have rooms with flickering lights, you can always do a quick-self check before you call an electrician or an exterminator — or both.