Matthew is gone. November 30 marks the official end of the 2016 hurricane season, but next year and in future years, who knows how many heavy weather systems will roll through your area?
If you’re an inspector who works with insurance companies or disaster relief, a drone or Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) can make your job much safer.
#1: You Can Stand Where it’s Dry and Safe
Getting dirty is part of every home inspection. But after a hurricane, the property might have standing water and soggy, muddy ground. If trees are damaged, more debris might continue to fall from them for days. With a drone, you can stand where it’s safe and still get a thorough exterior inspection.
Drone pilots use a handheld device that controls the aircraft and displays an image from its camera. While you’re standing on a driveway or in another part of the property, your drone will get up-close-and-personal on your behalf.
#2: Drone Cameras Take Precision Photos and Videos
Some drone cameras are better than others. However, all of them take clear shots that go into your home inspection report. Because drones can go places that people can’t, you can photograph an entire roof as well as tight areas such as the flashing seam along a chimney.
Drones also take video, which is a great service for your clients. Even if customers are present for the inspection, they’ll need to stay in a safe zone away from the hurricane damage. Video lets them experience inaccessible areas as if they’re there.
#3: There’s No Climbing a Ladder for Rooftop Inspections
Ladders are never 100 percent safe. After a hurricane, solid ladder footing might be difficult or impossible. And if your boots are wet from the soggy ground, climbing becomes riskier. And that makes roofs a special problem.
Drones handle roof inspections with ease. Whether you have a high-end aircraft that cost several thousand dollars or an entry-model device, it can fly high enough to clear the roof and get detailed shots.
#4: Siding and Soffits are Accessible Through the Debris
Under normal circumstances, a home’s siding and soffits aren’t especially difficult to inspect. But after a hurricane, there might be all manner of debris in the way. And if the siding was severely damaged with sheets or boards falling off, a close look might be unsafe.
Siding and soffits are quite easy for a drone to reach. It doesn’t matter if there’s a downed tree in the way or if the house has a temporary moat from storm water. Your aircraft can fly up, take the photos and then fly back to safety without putting anyone in danger.
Drones are becoming more and more common in all manner of home inspecting. In a standard inspection, they help you avoid walking around on what might be a seriously steep or slippery roof. And after a terrible storm, they let you and your customers stay safe without sacrificing any inspection quality.
ICA School now has a complete education module on drones in home inspection. That’s one more reason our home inspection training is the best value on the market. Enroll now and start on your path to a whole new, rewarding career.