Personal Protective Equipment for Home Inspectors
Being a home inspector is dangerous business. We work hard helping home inspector candidates recognize and mitigate some of the hazards involved with conducting a thorough home inspection. Please use some of the links below to purchase some of the personal protective equipment you should consider when entering the home inspection field.
We wear a respirator for every attic and crawlspace we inspect. A full face respirator with a P100 HEPA filter can help protect you against exposure to asbestos, mold, rat urine / feces, etc. Wearing a respirator can be dangerous, so you should follow manufacturer guidelines and consult a physician (pursuant to OSHA regulations, we require annual physicals for inspectors using face masks).
These are HEPA filters for your full face mask respirator. It’s critical to get P100 HEPA filters in order to remove many airborne contaminants include asbestos, lead, mold, etc. Replace the filters according to manufacturer’s guidelines. Stock up so you are never without filters when you need them.
Protect your elbows and arms while crawling through tight crawlspaces and attics with elbow pads like these. Wear these under your Tyvek suits to make them last longer and to avoid bringing contaminants home with you. Similar pads made especially for home inspectors can be found at KrawlGear.com
Good knee pads help prevent damaging your knees while conducting thorough inspections throughout the home. Wear them under your Tyvek suits to make them last longer and to minimize bringing contaminants home.
We suit up in Tyvek suits for every attic and crawlspace regardless of the age of the home. You don’t know what potential contaminants might be present until you see them, then it’s too late. Wearing a Tyvek suit may help protect you from exposure to asbestos, animal urine / feces, mold, etc. Using disposable suits also helps limit the contaminants you might bring home to your own family. Buy much larger sizes than you think you will need so they don’t rip and last longer.
The use of insulated screw drivers helps protect you against shock when removing electric panel covers / dead fronts and while accessing other electrical components.
Eye protection is critical for home inspectors when inspecting electrical panels and other potentially hazardous components in a home. Keep a few extra in the truck in case they break or are lost.
We use rubber gloves while inspecting every attic and crawlspace. They are also critical for conducting sewer scopes. These ones are extremely thick and are less likely to rip when you need them most.
Please note that the equipment listed on this page should only be used by properly trained professionals. Please follow all manufacturer instructions and OSHA guidelines when using this equipment. Working as a home inspector is inherently dangerous and appropriate precautions are advised.
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Please see our additional pages on Essential Home Inspector Equipment and Advanced Home Inspector Equipment as well!