Commercial drone use has been rapidly increasing in the construction for years now but somehow the plumbing sector has been slow to catch on. Drones can be used to detect plumbing problems without damaging walls, ground, or crawl spaces. Drone cameras can be utilized to survey areas that are hard for humans to navigate but easy for small drones such as between walls or small basements/crawl spaces. Or infrared technology can be utilized to detect the slight change in temperature that occurs when leaking water evaporates behind walls or even underground.
The benefits of using drones to detect leaks are obvious. Less guesswork for plumbers means less destruction while looking for a problem and a quicker turnaround time for fixing the issue. If you're considering using a drone to enhance your business make sure you are following FAA guidelines for commercial drones. All commercial drone pilots must possess a Remote Pilot in Command Certificate which can be obtained by passing the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Exam.
Step 1: Pay the $5 fee and register any aircraft that weighs more than 0.55lbs.
Step 2: Pass the $150 Small UAS Remote Pilot Exam – exam prep is available here.
Step 3: Pass a TSA background check
Step 4: File FAA Form 8710-13
Check out our Complete Guide to Commercial Drone Use for more information.