What is Covered during the
ROOF/CHIMNEY:Assuming safe weather/building conditions, we will inspect the roof while walking on it. Even if unsafe conditions are present, a lot can be learned by examining the roof from a ladder at the eaves. Taller city buildings with flat roofs usually have a trap door in the top floor ceiling providing roof access.
The condition and quality of installation of roofing materials and flashing will be evaluated. The exterior of the chimney is also examined for needed maintenance and repairs. A proper examination of the interior of the chimney can only be done after the chimney is thoroughly cleaned.
EXTERIOR/GROUNDS: The condition of windows, siding, sidewalks, site drainage, gutter/leader system, deck construction, garage, retaining walls, out-buildings are examined for condition and needed maintenance/repairs.
WATER ENTRY: We search the entire building for water stains, damage, and leakage. We can determine how wet or dry water stains are by using a moisture meter. Active water stains may be an indication of water damage behind finished surfaces as well as potential mold growth, which may be a health hazard.
INTERIOR ROOMS: All finished floors, walls, and ceilings are examined for damages and active water stains.
STRUCTURE/FOUNDATION: These areas are closely examined for deficiencies or failure.
HEATING SYSTEM: The condition of the heating system including the potential for repair or replacement is evaluated. Thermostats are operated. Draft and stack temperature are also checked. All rooms are checked for operational heat sources.
AIR CONDITIONING: Wall air conditioners and central A/C are examined and tested for performance. On houses with central A/C, each room is checked for an operational cooling source. Duct work and condensate management are considered as well. NOTE: Air conditioning equipment cannot be operated without risk of damage if the outside temperature is lower than 65ºF or if the central air system power has not been turned on for at least 24 hours.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM: The main circuit panel and sub panel covers are removed so that wiring may be examined for safe practices. Often home owners and/or amateur electricians use unsafe wiring practices out of ignorance, which can put the home or building at risk for an electrical fire. The service entry is also examined. Interior and Exterior accessible electrical outlets are tested. GFCI circuits are tested with a ground-fault simulator.
PLUMBING SYSTEM: All fixtures are tested for adequate pressure, drainage, and leaks. The presence and temperature of hot water is also checked. All accessible piping is examined for condition and quality of materials as well as the domestic water heating system.
GAS SERVICE: All accessible gas pipes are tested for leaks using a combustible gas detector. Older installations generally have pipe joint compound which has dried out and is a very common cause of gas leaks.
ATTIC: The attic is the space between the roof and the top floor. If the attic is accessible, we go in. The quantity and quality of insulation is evaluated. Signs of past/present water leakage/damage and adequate attic ventilation are also checked. The attic is a good place to see if there is roof leakage.
BASEMENT/CRAWL SPACE:The spaces below ground level usually offer a lot of information about a house or building. Some buildings have a crawl space, which is like a basement where you can't stand up. Assuming the crawl space is accessible, we go in.
TERMITES: Each inspection includes a Termite Inspection certificate that you can use for your closing - you will not need a separate termite inspection.
RADON TEST:Radon is a significant contaminant that affects indoor air quality worldwide. Radon gas from natural sources can accumulate in buildings and reportedly causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year in the United State alone. Radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking, and radon-induced lung cancer is thought to be the 6th leading cause of cancer death overall. You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local, and neighborhood radon measurements. Do not rely radon test results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes which are next to each other can have different radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out what your home’s radon level is.