How A Residential Homeowner Can Effectively Use A Flexible Borescope

Posted on: 29 January 2016

A flexible borescope is a viewing and recording instrument with an eyepiece on one end that is linked to an articulated lens on the other end. A borescope is used to remotely look into areas that are otherwise unable to be seen. A borescope is lightweight, battery powered, and waterproof. It has an illuminated lens that is able to view spaces in total darkness. The lens is also articulated so it is able to turn up, down, left, and right. Borescopes are used in many different high-tech industries but they can also be quite helpful to the residential homeowner. Here are some situations where a borescope can be used by a homeowner:

  • Plumbing - If you have a visible water leak in your home but do not know where it originates, you can use a flexible borescope to look inside your walls or ceiling and locate the leaking pipe. Many times the water from a leaking pipe will travel through the studs and interior structure of a house before it pools and becomes visible. With a flexible borescope, you can drill a few small holes in a wall, ceiling, or floor and see where the water is coming from and the extent of the water damage. 
  • Mold Detection - If you have visible mold and mildew stains on the walls of your residence, you can drill a few holes in your walls and insert the illuminated flexible borescope tube to see the extent of the mold infestation without having to tear out the wall. You can also do this on walls that do not have visible mold stains to check for mold before it gets bad enough to appear on your interior walls. 
  • Electrical Wiring - If you live in an older house and need to find the path of the electrical wires that are connected to an outlet, you can use a flexible borescope to look into the walls through small drilled holes. The electrical wiring path is easily found because the borescope is articulated and has illumination at the lens. Once you detect the direction and path of the electrical wiring, you only have to repair a few pilot holes that you drilled into the walls and not large sections of the interior walls. 
  • Pest Control - If you suspect that your home has termites or powder post beetles, you can search the interior of your walls with your flexible borescope. Drill into the walls and search the base of the studs in a room where you suspect damaging insect infestation. Look for powdered wood pulp that termites and powder post beetles excrete. This wood pulp will pile up on the bottom of the studs and verify the presence of insects. You will be able to tell exactly where the insects are living with a borescope. 

If you suspect any problems in the interior walls or ceiling of your residence, use a flexible borescope to be able to view those spaces. If you do find problems, a flexible borescope will be able to tell you the extent of the problem and thus avoid unnecessary costs and expenses. That knowledge is priceless when you own a home.   


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