A general building inspection typically takes 2 – 4 hours to perform depending on size and condition of home. Inspections meet or exceed the Standards of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors. After the inspection is complete, a summary of the inspection findings is provided. The major components of the inspection process include but are not limited to:
Roof: The type of roof covering and number of roof layers is identified. The roof covering is examined for deterioration, proper installation, and signs of leakage. The condition of gutters, downspouts, flashing, and chimneys are also inspected.
Exterior: The condition of the siding, windows, doors, and associated components are inspected. The construction and condition of decks are inspected. Fungal rot and conditions which could cause water intrusion into the structure are also noted.
Grounds & Drainage: The site adjacent to the structure is evaluated for proper slope and drainage. The condition of the driveway, walks, steps, and porches are evaluated. Retaining walls and vegetation are inspected as they directly affect the structure.
Heating & Cooling: The heating and/or cooling system is checked for proper installation. The system is run through a normal cycle to check its operation. The visible condition of the heat distribution system is inspected.
Plumbing: The type of water supply and drain piping are identified. The systems are checked for signs of leakage, water supply flow, and drainage flow. The condition and installation of the water heater is inspected.
Electrical: The electrical panel is checked for power adequacy, proper wiring connections, etc. The visible circuit wiring is also checked for unsafe or defective electrical installations, e.g., exposed connections, open junction boxes, extension cords being used for permanent wiring.
Kitchen & Laundry: The condition of flooring, cabinets, electrical, and plumbing fixtures are inspected. Signs of water leakage are reported. The appliances are also tested for operation.
Bathrooms: The condition of flooring, cabinets, electrical, and plumbing fixtures are inspected. The condition of the shower surround is inspected. Signs of rot and water damage are reported.
Interior Rooms: The condition of walls, ceilings, and flooring are inspected. The operation of the electrical fixtures is inspected.
Garage: The foundation and wood structure is inspected. The operation of the electrical fixtures is checked. The operation of the overhead doors and openers is inspected. The existence and condition of a fire separation wall is reported.
Attic: The visible wood structure in these areas is examined for rot and adequacy of construction. The attic is also checked for signs of roof leakage. The type of insulation is reported. Accessible areas are traversed and inspected.
Basement & Crawl Spaces: The foundation is inspected for evidence of damage, deterioration, and settling. These areas are inspected for signs of standing water and water leakage. The visible wood structure is examined for rot, insect damage, and adequacy of construction. All accessible areas are traversed and inspected.
Sewer Line Inspections:
As part of my independent inspection services, R&H Home & Sewer Inspection offers video inspections of a home’s sewer line also known as a sewer scope. Understanding the condition of the underground sewer drain line and knowing the extent and location of a particular problem will be a key part of your decision in purchasing a home. This same independent and unbiased information also applies to current home owners who suspect that they have a problem and need to be prepared before hiring a contractor for repairs.
Low Areas: also known as a ‘belly’, these low areas can collect water and solid waste, causing poor flow through the pipe and can lead to back-up and damage to the pipe as it sags further.
Offsets: on some older piping, sections in the piping can separate, causing an offset in the piping to occur. Solid waste may not clear this offset, and waste water will seep into the surrounding soil, causing further settlement and eventual breakdown of the piping.
Tree Roots: small gaps in sections of piping can allow tree roots to enter the sewer line. As the roots grow, the pipe can break and crack, requiring repair. Minor tree root intrusion can be cleared on a regular basis, with minimal or no significant pipe damage. Assessing the amount of root intrusion is part of a sewer scope inspection.
Pipe Collapse: if extreme root intrusion has occurred or significant soil settlement has occurred around the area due to offsets or a low area, complete pipe collapse can occur, requiring full excavation and repair of the sewer line. While rare, this condition can be assessed as part of a sewer scope inspection.
Debris: Occasionally construction debris or other items can become lodged in the sewer line, preventing the flow of waste through the pipe.
I utilize state-of-the-art digital equipment and software, which will identify and show you specifically what kind of problem, if any, is encountered.
A video recording and written report will be provided within 24 hours.
I am also able to determine where a sewer line defect is located in the yard or street, and can mark the location and depth.Type your paragraph here.