General Home Inspection
General Home Inspections generally take up to two and a half hours, depending on the size and components of the home. The Inspection is detailed and covers all components of the home from top to bottom, inside and out. I also offer customized inspections that covers only certain aspects of the home depending on your needs.
Upon completion of the inspection, I will provide you with a detailed General Home Inspection Report that includes any recommended repairs, an overview of the information gathered during the inspection, and pictures taken during the process.
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A General Home Inspection includes:
- roof, vents, flashing, and trim
- gutters and downspouts
- skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations
- decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
- eaves, soffit, and fascia
- grading and drainage
- basement, foundation, and crawlspace
- water penetration and foundation movement
- heating system
- cooling system
- main water shut-off valves
- water heating system
- interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
- drainage sump pump with accessible float
- electrical service line and meter box
- main disconnect and service amperage
- electrical panels, breakers, and fuses
- grounding and bonding
- fireplace damper door and hearth
- insulation and ventilation
- garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
- and MUCH MORE!
Radon Gas Inspection
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure. Radon can have a big impact on indoor air quality.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
At Best in the West Inspections, my Radon Test consists of a two-day process. First, I place my Radon monitor in your home in the lowest-level of a home that is habitable. For a home with finished space in the basement, the test is placed in the basement; for a home without a basement or with only a 4-foot foundation rather than a full basement, the test would be placed on the first floor. After 48-hours, I remove the monitor, review the results, and provide a copy of the inspection report to you.
Radon is always present, but its level fluctuates constantly. After 48 hours, the average radon level is taken, and if the radon level is found to be at or above 4.0 pCi/L, it is considered “unsafe” by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If this is the case, the situation can be remedied by radon mitigation.
Molds are part of the natural environment, and can be found everywhere, indoors and outdoors. Mold is not usually a problem, unless it begins growing indoors. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the best way to control mold growth is to control moisture.
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash.