If the home being purchased or sold has a well supplying water for the purpose of drinking, bathing and washing clothes, it should be tested to ensure the well can produce a minimum of 3 gallons of water per minute run continuously for a minimum of 30 minutes. There is no additional charge for this service.
According to The Guardian, February : More than 140,000 public water systems reported that millions of people in the U.S., are drinking water that fails to meet federal health standards, including limits for dangerous contaminants. https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/arsenic-lead-toxic-chemicals-tap-water/?utm_source=salsa&eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=9af36675-e8d3-4040-a6be-abcb46990996
This water test is included with the inspection at no extra charge.
Problem areas in a home such as electrical hot spots, moisture intrusions and energy loss, can go undetected during a home inspection. An Infrared camera is designed to take images called "thermograms" that show surface heat variations and can detect areas of the home that may be problematic . A Home buyer should insist that thermal inspection be performed prior to purchasing a home; even new homes can have defects in the thermal envelopes. www.energy.gov/energysaver/thermographic-inspections
This inspection is included with the inspection.
Having clarity after the home inspection is important. If you would like zip code specific repair estimates for everything noted in the home inspection report, visit Majordomo and order your Domo Report. This service is offered at a nominal fee.
Typically, unfinished garages, basements and crawlspaces take extra time to inspect, especially due to several factors associated with the structure and other systems, and components. The main concern for any structure is moisture intrusion. This inspection is offered for structures that are not finished according to the purpose for which they are intended.
We categorize detached buildings into 2 types: Structures with utilities and structures without utilities. The structures with utilities will have at least one system (Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning, Roof and Structure) and some are found to have small to large living and/or business accommodations. Each building will be carefully evaluated with recommendations made accordingly. These inspections are offered at, or below, the current market rate.
One (1) system (of each Structure, Roof, Electrical, Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation, Air conditioning) is included with every inspection. Each additional system will require more time and therefore incur an additional cost. It would be helpful to make us aware of each multiple system when you call, or we will let you know during the inspection if you are not sure to see if you would want it inspected.
According to the Chimney Institute of America (CSIA) a Level 2 inspection is required upon the sale or transfer of property, or after an operational malfunction or external event that is likely to have caused damage to the chimney. www.csia.org. Since a Level 2 inspection is beyond the scope of our inspection, we will always recommend further evaluation of each chimney by a CSIA Certified Chimney Sweep® when applicable.
We do not perform septic system Inspections. When there is a septic system on the property to be inspected, we highly recommend a septic system inspection be performed by a qualified professional septic system inspector, especially if the septic system has not been inspected for proper function in over 2 years. We would be happy to make a referral on request.
The miles the Inspector travels within of the counties of Galveston and Chambers are included at no additional cost. Miles traveled outside of these counties will incur a nominal trip charge based on the current IRS standard mileage rate..
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