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An inspection is a vital part of the process prior to buying or selling a new property - for the buyer - to help protect yourself against unseen issues or - for the seller - to make sure things are in top shape to provide a better value and obtain top dollar before selling. Either way, as a professional certified inspector I want to make sure everything is functional and safe. Every building may have some minor or major issues depending upon its age or condition and it’s my job - if they exist - to find those problems for you.
I have conducted inspections for over seven years and I’m trained to look for evidence of problems that may exist at the time of inspection, but I readily admit, I am not Superman and do not have X-Ray vision to see through walls or under the ground to discover broken sewer pipes. All building inspections are limited and no one can guarantee every possible problem will be discovered.
However, to aid in the finding of hidden problems I utilize an Infrared Thermal Imager (Premium Inspection Only) that can help uncover problems the human eye cannot see. Such as; moisture issues, insulation gaps, air leakage, HVAC and electrical overloads and water leaks. Gas leak detection can be a safety concern and is provided with any service I perform. I will walk every roof, crawl under every house and investigate every attic that is safe and accessible, because I believe that is the best way to provide a thorough and effective service. Every inspection I perform will provide an easy to read report highlighting any improvements, repairs or cosmetic defects.
According to InterNACHI’s (SOP) Standards of Practice, “A home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property, performed for a fee, which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components defined by these Standards that are both observed and deemed material by the inspector.” Please read InterNACHI SOP pdf at the bottom of the ”About Us” page.
The inspection will include the following major components unless otherwise noted on the inspection agreement:
General Bldg Information
Exterior and Foundation
Attic and Roof Structure
Garage or Carport
Plumbing / Fuel Systems
Heating, Ventilation and Air Condition (HVAC)
Fireplaces, Stoves, Chimneys and Flues
Bathrooms, Laundry and Sinks
Interior, Doors and Windows
Wood Destroying Organism Findings
I will walk every roof, crawl under every house and investigate every attic that is safe and accessible, because I believe that is the best way to provide a thorough and effective service. Every inspection I perform will provide an easy to read report highlighting any improvements, repairs or cosmetic defects.
An infrared camera can be used during a building inspection to locate hidden problems. A thermal imaging camera “sees” in temperature difference of the materials and systems within the home. Since most all objects radiate energy the IR camera views this as infrared radiation.
Unseen problems can be present such as; water leaks, moisture problems, overheating components in HVAC equipment or appliances, overloaded electrical circuits, insulation gaps and more. Though, a thermal imager is very useful it does have limitations . For example, they cannot find broken sewer drains under concrete slabs and any findings must be confirmed with a secondary means of diagnosis.
Understanding data the camera shows is essential to interpret the information correctly. That’s why you want to hire an Infrared Certified Inspector with a background in building construction. I offer this service with a premium residential or commercial inspection.
We offer this service with a Premium Residential or Commercial Inspection. Hire us today for an Infrared Certified Inspection.
A building is a complex series of individual systems that don’t always work together seamlessly or very efficiently. Many times utility costs are the last things considered when purchasing a new home or business. The problem is utility costs keep rising.
Every building is different and will consume more or less energy, depending upon the building’s air tightness, insulation levels, type, age and efficiency of the HVAC units, etc. With these and other factors combined it’s difficult to know for certain what the real energy costs will be before moving in. Though, I cannot tell you what your exact utility costs will be, I may be able to provide additional insight and in some cases obtain actual energy-use reports from the prior occupants.
As a Certified Energy Auditor, I am trained to find potential energy waste and will offer a thorough residential or commercial energy audit evaluation regarding the overall efficiency of the building as a whole. I inspect and gather information related to the attic and crawlspace areas, insulation type and levels, exterior wall and roofing assemblies, HVAC equipment, building air tightness and penetrations, mechanical ventilation, appliances, lighting and more.
Utilizing diagnostic tools and IR thermal imaging cameras I am able to find inefficiencies and help you determine how cost effective the building may be. Next, I put this information together in an easy-to-read report to help you discover ways to make the building more efficient and take advantage of any utility rebates available in your area.
We can also help you discover ways to make the building more efficient and take advantage of any utility rebates available in your area.