Strength and shape of the home are provided by the structure. The two main components of the structure are the foundation and the framing system. Each of these components are critical in providing the building with long lasting comfort and stability. Major defects in the structure can be extensive and very costly to repair.
The roof is designed to protect all the components of the building. There are numerous roof styles and materials. Each style and material is inspected carefully for, wear, leaks, defects and other deficiencies. Roof problems that go undetected can cause serious harm to other components of the building. Styles and types are dictated by location, age and preference. We carefully evaluate the condition of the material used and document any defects which need correction.
A comfortable and safe living environment is provided by the mechanical systems of the building. Each system has many components and there are many types of systems. We evaluate the condition and age of the type of system in the building and test for possible deficiencies that may require a licensed professional to repair or possibly replace defects we find.
Plumbing involves the installation, maintenance and alteration of piping, fixtures, appliances and accessories in connection with sanitary or storm drainage facilities, venting systems and public or private water supply systems. A plumbing system consists of three systems. Water supply, drain waste and disposal, mechanical, ample fixtures and equipment. We inspect and operate all fixtures and run several gallons of water through the plumbing system, checking the overall condition of the system. Leaking pipes, dripping valves, clogged pipes, corrosion, reversed hot and cold water supplies. Limited hot water or inadequate water pressure are indications of a defective plumbing system.
The attic of the building is the upper most portion of the dwelling, which still remains on the interior. Attics are often used by homeowners for storage and sometimes finished for additional living space if construction style allows and unfortunately even when it doesn’t. We inspect attics very carefully for the quality of the construction, the insulation, water penetration, venting, pest or rodent entry and exposed electrical wiring hazards. We inspect for hidden signs that indicate problems as well as a safety concern.
The interior components are protected by the exterior of the building. Exterior components of the building include; roof, siding, trim, doors, windows, garage, decks, patios, gutters & downspouts and the landscaping including the grounds. Each of these items are inspected for the condition and how it relates to the dwelling. Defects in exterior components such as windows, doors and siding can affect other component of the building.
Interior components of the building include all the various rooms and related items. This is a very important part of the inspection because symptoms of larger problems are often visible in the various rooms of the building. Settling can be noticed in the floors and walls. Roof or plumbing leaks may be noticed on the ceilings. Poor quality workmanship on distribution systems such as electrical, heating & cooling or plumbing can be noticed when we inspect each and every room thoroughly.
The kitchen is often considered the heart and soul of the home. This is where the majority of the American public spends most of their time. Kitchens which were installed using sub-standard materials and products will be a source of expensive future upgrades. Poor quality or worn cabinets and counters may require expensive upgrading or repair. Complete kitchen replacement is very expensive. It is normal to spend more than $ 10,000 on a new kitchen! Recent cosmetic repairs will be carefully looked at to determine the quality of work and wheather or not they were done to mask a more serious problem. We will look for water damage around the sink, in the cabinets, around the dishwasher, behind the refrigerator as well as electrical ground fault circuits and safety related items.
The bathrooms of a home can be the most expensive areas to replace or refurbish. With simple caulking or grouting of the tub and shower areas, expensive repairs can be avoided. Many future homeowners badly underestimate the cost of bathroom replacement because of underlying defects which require repairs, as well as maintenance. But outdated bathrooms can often be updated at a reasonable cost by replacing wallpaper, shower doors, sink vanity and other minor items. We inspect carefully all areas including the tub and shower areas and around the toilet in particular. These areas are more prone to hidden water damage. We will advise you to potential hidden defects which could cost you money to repair or replace.
Inspection of the areas surrounding the home are very important. We inspect grading, drainage, patios, landscaping, retaining walls and any alterations which effect the proper drainage of the property. Fences, trees and vegetation which may have an effect on the building and all other items as they relate to the exterior of the home. Patios and surrounding soil should be pitched away from the building to keep the foundation free of ponding water which will have a very adverse effect on the structure of the building. Trees and vegetation need to be kept away from the building components to prevent wear, or damage to the foundation from root growth and possibly present a safety hazard.
Inspection of gates and exterior entrance doors of the property are the most important aspect of pool ownership. All exterior gates and doors need self closing devices installed and operating correctly for child safety. Electrical distribution systems are very important to inspect correctly for problems which could exist that may be life threatening. All pool equipment must be installed using ground fault circuits. Cracks which may need a qualified professional to repair could be a very costly concern. We help you understand the maintenance which is required for pool ownership and how to get many years of enjoyment out of your investment.