Our Home Inspection Services:
We use sophisticated instruments to evaluate many of the structural, electrical and mechanical systems of the inspected home.
Particular attention is paid to electrical flaws, moisture in the walls and ceilings. Safety related items, including gas leaks, carbon monoxide and hazardous substances are covered in the report also.
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The soil and grading of the property should be such that water run-off is always directed away from the foundation. Proper grading will lessen the moisture penetration into the foundation and basement and reduce dampness.
Leaders & Gutters
A properly installed and functioning gutter and leader system diverts water away from the foundation and basement and consequently helps to reduce moisture penetration and dampness.
Basement and Crawlspace
Crawl spaces need venting so that air movement can remove moisture that is generated by the soil. Moisture accumulation in an unvented crawl space can cause damage to and promote mold growth on flooring, joists and other support structures.
Low voltage conditions can stress and ultimately damage appliances and electronics. We measure the voltage.
GFI’s (Ground Fault Interrupters) or GFCI’s (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) are most commonly installed in place of the standard duplex electrical outlets. GFI’s look like standard outlets with push buttons. A GFCI helps reduce the risk of electrical shock and electrocution. They are generally installed in areas where the potential exists for water to be present. Areas of the home that should be GFI protected are bathrooms, the kitchen, the laundry area, the garage, all exterior outlets and swimming pools. Most homes built before 1978 do not contain GFI’s. They became mandatory in new constrcution after 1978. GFI type outlets are also an acceptable replacement for ungrounded, 2 prong, outlets.
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A buried steel oil tank will rust and eventually leak. It is recommended that older tanks be properly abandoned (filled with sand or foam) and a new tank installed above ground or inside.
Double insulated and low emissivity coated window designs help reduce heat loss. The double insulated window has 2 panels of glass separated by a space that is filled with an inert gas like argon. The low emissivity coated window has a thin metallic film on the inner side of the glass. Many of the newer windows have both of these features.
Carbon Monoxide Levels
Edging, whether cobblestone, brick or treated wood, will help to prevent the movement and cracking away of the driveway edge. If no edging is present, consideration should be given to its installation.
Faucet water temperature should be no higher than 125¬∞ F. Temperatures above this can cause injury, especially to children. We measure the water temperature.
Condensation frequently occurs on skylights in the winter months. Over time this can cause staining and water damage to the surrounding areas. One way to prevent this is to provide for and install a plexiglass or thin plastic film barrier over the skylight opening in the ceiling. This plastic film has been used for years as a window insulator and is readily available at home centers.