A Camera Pole (or Telescopic Inspection Camera) is used to view inaccessible and high areas, without the need to use a ladder. Sectional poles allows the Surveyor to extend the camera up a number of meters and holds a 44ft extending wireless HD camera, which simultaneously links to a touchscreen display at the bottom of the pole. This creates both real-time images and photos. The camera pole also has an automatic infrared function to examine areas which can be difficult to access, such as loft spaces.
This technology helps to reduce uncertainty about aspects of a property by closely examining areas that are usually hard to reach. It allows our surveying team to include more detailed findings in their report, rather than recommending that the customer make further arrangements to check certain aspects of the property.
The cameras used are now more advanced, with the addition of tilting and panning heads to allow Surveyors to look in places they normally couldn’t see.
They are predominantly used for assessing box gutters and areas behind parapet walls, the top of chimney stacks and to assess whether they have been properly capped off, ventilated and to check the condition of benching / bedding mortar around pots. Camera Poles are also used for inspecting flat roofs over double-storey bays and other inaccessible flat roofed areas, which would otherwise be concealed or not visible with the use of binoculars.
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