General Home Inspection
By selecting this type of inspection you will usually receive a professional standards based inspection that is completed in accordance with the standards of practice for the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. This inspection is a visual only, the report is written in a narrative format but does not include digital photographs. Protection for your home after you have made a real estate home purchase wisely.
A property inspection is a visual evaluation of every accessible area of the structure and lot. Components and systems are tested not only to ensure that they function as intended, but to evaluate if they've been installed properly and to assess their condition.
Our building experience helps us find issues that even the keenest observer may not identify, inspection thoroughness enables professionals to spot items that are frequently overlooked, and our forensic inspections have taught us a great deal about how and why defects occur.
Our number one concern is the health and safety for clients and those who would occupy the residence. So an inspection is a health and safety inspection first and foremost.
Home Areas That Should Be Inspected
Roof covering, flashing & counter flashing, plumbing and secondary vents, gutters, downspouts and subterranean transition piping, drip edges, skylights, chimney and flue.
Rafters, joists, purlins and collar ties, truss systems, under-side of sheathing, primary flashing and underlayment (if applicable), wiring, insulation, ventilation, firewall systems, HVAC. ducting, plumbing, and mechanical items.
Plumbing and Fixtures
Water supply & drainage lines, drain slope and fasteners, connections – clean outs and traps, sanitary systems, sinks, faucets, bathtubs & showers, toilets, wet bars, ice-maker lines, hose bibs etc..Heating and Cooling Systems Furnace, air conditioner, refrigerant lines, service disconnect, supply and cold air return ductwork, air filtration system, and overall system evaluation
Foundation Structure & Crawlspace
Foundation walls & slabs, bolts & seismic attachments, lower base framing, floor joists, posts and piers, girders, sub-floor, insulation, ventilation, moisture barriers, any plumbing-electrical-mechanical equipment present
Site evaluation, site drainage, slopes & swales, retaining walls, detached structures & / or garages, ground cover and flatwork (concrete slab work), driveway, wall covering, attachments & abutments, windows, screens, doors, decks, patio covers & arbors, fences, electrical and safety inspection
Lateral Material & size identification, location, rough slope, length, depth, tie-ins, blockages, damaged sections, bellys, leakage, root intrusion and city tie-in condition.
Service entrance mast-weather head-cleat, service panel, branch auxiliary panel, breakers or fuses, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding and bonding system, GFCI & AFCI conformation
Walls, floors & floor coverings, ceilings,; trim, doors, windows, stairs-handrails-banisters, lights, plugs, cabinets, shelving, built-in appliances, smoke detectors and any health and safety requirements
Certified Mold Inspection
The mold assessment includes state of the art testing equipment and laboratory analysis. This service is set up for the real estate transaction as we can have an answer to the question about whether or not their is a mold problem in as soon as 24 hours.
The Environmental Protection Agency rates indoor air pollution among the top environmental health risks. According to the EPA, the air inside the average home is up to five times more polluted than the air outside. Poor indoor air quality can lead to a variety of health problems, including allergic reactions, infections, and even cancer. It can also contribute to asthma and other lung diseases.
Fungi, Allergens and Asthma Molds are fungi (the plural of fungus) that grow on the surfaces of objects. They can cause discoloration and odor problems, deteriorate building materials, and lead to allergic reactions in susceptible individuals, as well as other health problems. Mold spores primarily cause health problems when they are present indoors in large numbers and are inhaled by the occupants. This occurs primarily when there is active mold growth inside the building.
Typical symptoms that mold-exposed persons report include:
* Respiratory problems, such as – wheezing, and difficulty breathing;
* Nasal and sinus congestion;
* Eye irritation – burring, watery, or reddened eyes;
* Dry hacking cough;
* Nose and / or throat irritation.
Some fungi are pathogenic to humans and other animals. Such diseases are called mycoses or fungal infections. Some molds release toxic chemicals called mycotoxins that can result in poisoning or death.
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