I will provide you with peace of mind when considering purchasing a new home for you and your family. Most likely your home will be your largest investment and fixing defects, addressing deferred maintenance, and correcting safety issues will ensure the longevity of your investment.
I will inspect the interior and exterior walls windows and doors, the roof and attic, the HVAC system, electrical, plumbing, basement/crawl, fireplace, and visual signs and conditions for mold. Call today.
Radon is a colorless and odorless radioactive gas that comes from the ground. Radon is the product of the natural decay of uranium and has been linked to lung cancer with high levels of exposure over time. The EPA has set limits for the amount of radon that is safe for your home. No house is exempt from having radon. Whether it be old or new, basement, crawl or slab the potential is always there for radon. I will test your home for the exact level of radon so you can take action to reduce your exposure. If radon is above the EPA limit, I recommend a radon remediation system be installed.
Radon gas decays into radioactive particles that can get trapped in your lungs when you breathe. As they break down further, these particles release small bursts of energy. This can damage lung tissue and lead to lung cancer over the course of your lifetime. Not everyone exposed to elevated levels of radon will develop lung cancer. And the amount of time between exposure and the onset of the disease may be many years.
Water testing is an important part of owning a well. It is also critical when buying an old house that may have old plumbing.
For wells, an initial test should be done to test for bacteria and nitrates/nitrites both of which are signs of contamination from either fertilizer or human waste. Other common contaminants are Fluoride and Iron.
For old homes with suspect plumbing other types of water tests are important such as heavy metals testing. If you are concerned about water contaminates call me to discuss the testing options.
Home Performance Testing.
Buildings are controlled environments with respect to heating, cooling, lighting, ventilation and moisture. All structures perform differently depending on the systems in place. When any of these systems are inadequate the comfort and health of the building is compromised. Buildings house living organisms, people. People produce moisture from breathing, cooking, showering. People need fresh air and a comfortable temperature to feel optimal in their home. Most of us live with certain uncomfortable aspects of our homes whether it be cold areas, damp areas, poor light, hot areas, smells, stuffiness, etc. These deficiencies in our home environment should not be ignored. High heat bills, mold, cold drafts, excessive heat, high humidity, and stuffy stale air are symptoms of a poorly performing house. I can help detect the source of these problems.
A full home energy audit or energy analysis will let you know how your home is performing overall with respects to energy loss, ventilation, and heating/cooling. Weak points in the thermal envelope, HVAC system and ventilation system can be pinpointed and a plan composed for how to remedy these weaknesses. The energy auditor will perform an extensive visual inspection to document the current state of the thermal envelope, heating/cooling system and ventilation. Several specialized tools will also be employed to quantify and identify air leakage in ducting and the thermal envelope of the home. Combustion analysis of the heating system will also be performed. All the systems of the home interact with each other and these interactions will be tested.
Air leaks in and out of your home cost you money.
We have two specialized tools called a blower door and a duct blaster that we can use to measure just how much air is leaking out of your home or heat duct system. These tools can also be used for new homes where local code requires these tests to be performed. Whether you are a builder, home owner, or potential home buyer these tests will help you save money in the long run and can help you create a more comfortable home.
Infrared imaging can be useful during several types of inspections. One common use is to check for areas in the homes walls or ceilings that have less or poor insulation levels. Another way to utilize infrared imaging in home inspecting is to find air leaks in the homes walls, floor, ceilings, or foundations. These are actual holes where heat is escaping from the home. Lastly infrared imaging can be used to find water leaks in roofs or in plumbing.
The thermal image is simply a picture of the infrared energy being emitted by objects. Cold and hot can be differentiated down to 1/2 degree. Cold air leaking into a house will effect objects in a certain way. Water in or on a surface will make it colder and this can be detected by the infrared image. It takes practice to interpret these images. Also the thermal image alone is sometimes not enough to diagnose a situation. A moisture meter or destructive inspection technique may be needed to verify the suspicions of the inspector and the thermal image. Call today to discuss how thermal imaging could be useful to you.