Home Inspection

Services and Pricing

Nspectr Services Home Inspections always try to use fair pricing, as every house is different.
Your final price will be determined by a number of variables, the prices listed here are just a rough guideline.
Other companies might be able to beat our price, but very few can beat our quality and experience.

Pre-Sale Home Inspection



What is a Pre-Sale Inspection

Not so long ago home inspections were viewed as something that only buyers requested. In recent years, however, inspections ordered by sellers before their home goes on the market have gained in acceptance and popularity. One reason is that savvy sellers recognize the knowledge gained from a pre-sale inspection of their property can offer advantages when it comes to pricing, marketing, negotiating, and dealing with post-sale legal issues.

So, how can a pre-sale home inspection benefit a seller?

Easier and more realistic pricing.

A professional home inspection before listing helps with pricing in two important ways.

First, it helps move a seller’s mindset toward increased objectivity. It is no surprise that sellers often have a difficult time remaining impartial about their own property. It is home after all, and that sentimental value can translate into a price higher than the market will bear. The inspection report gives the seller objective information to factor into the pricing decision.

Second, the inspection report reflects the current condition of the property – good, bad, or ugly. A seller can take that true condition into consideration and set the price lower if the home has deficiencies and higher if the home is meticulously maintained and upgraded.

Enhanced marketing impact.


Prospective buyers are likely to find a pre-inspected home more attractive because the “what if” factor is not as great. Their comfort level is increased. Therefore mentioning the completion of a pre-sale inspection when marketing a home can boost interest levels of both buyers and real estate agents with qualified prospects. It can even tip the scales in the seller’s favor if buyers are looking at similar homes and the competing properties do not have the benefit of a pre-sale inspection report.

Greater negotiating leverage.

Having the details of current property condition is an important advantage. Sellers discover any issues that might delay or derail the transaction and can make advance repairs, thus heading off potential price concessions sought by buyers. Even if the seller elects not to make repairs, disclosing any defects upfront and pointing out that the price is adjusted accordingly can deflate buyer’s objections. And, armed with solid knowledge of current property condition and the inspection report to back it up, a seller’s confidence level and leverage in the negotiating process increases.

Sellers who choose to go the pre-sale inspection route can get referrals for professional home inspectors from friends or local real estate professionals. Other sources include the local Yellow Pages directory and online directories of professional organizations such as Certified Master Inspector®.

Buyers will most likely still request a professional inspection of their own. And sellers can encourage them to do so with the comfort that any unpleasant surprises that could be “deal breakers” are unlikely.

If the new buyers are satisfied with the condition of the house and the inspection report, for a small fee we can meet them at the home and go over all the items in the report. All the benefits of a complete home inspection including the phone, email and text consulting will then be available to them.

For Agents:
Ten Tips to Speed Up Your Home Inspection

Giving your clients and their realtors some tips to prepare for their home inspection will give them a better idea of what to expect. eir active cooperation will help the process goes smoother, since they will be aiding in their home sale via your professional approach.

Sellers can speed up their home sale by preparing their home for the inspection ahead of time using the following tips. e inspection will go smoother, with fewer concerns to delay closing.

1. MAke sure that the water, electrical and gas services are turned on, and that gas pilot lights are lit.

2. Make sure your pets won't hinder the inspection. Ideally, they should be removed from the premises or secured outside.

Leave word or a note telling about any and all pets at home.

3. Replace burned-out light bulbs to avoid a "light is inoperable" report that may suggest an electrical problem.

4. Test smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors, and replace dead batteries.

5. Clean or replace dirty HVAC air lters. ey should t securely.

6. Move stored items, debris and wood away from the foundation. ese may be cited as conducive conditions for termites.

7. Remove items blocking access to HVAC equipment, electrical service panels, water heaters, the attic and the crawlspace.

8. Unlock any locked areas that your home inspector must access, such as the attic door or hatch, electrical service panel, the door to the basement, and any exterior gates.

9. Trim tree limbs so that they're at least 10 feet from the roof. Trim any shrubs that are too close to the house and can hide pests or hold moisture against the exterior. If necessary, hire a professional.

10. Repair or replace any broken or missing items, such as doorknobs, locks and latches, windowpanes and screens, gutters and downspouts, and chimney caps.

Checking these areas before your home inspection is an investment in selling your property.

Your real estate agent and the inspector will thank you!

WHY YOU SHOULD CALL NSPECTR SERVICES

PERSONALIZED SERVICE.

Whatever your concerns, feel confident we will work to answer your questions the best we can. We don't profess to know everything, but we likely know where to find the appropriate answers. Be sure to attend with the inspector to see first hand how your new home looks through the eyes of the inspector.

BOOKING ANYTIME.

Please feel free to call any day between 8am - 8pm to book an inspection 7 days a week. We will do our best to make your inspection to meet your busy schedule.

Pre-Purchase Home Inspection



What is a Pre-Purchase Inspection

A home inspection prior to purchasing gives you some very important information you should have protect your families future.

Fully understanding the condition of your potential purchase can save you thousands, not to mention hours of your time and frustration of going through costly repairs. Regardless of weather an inspection will uncover a major defect or a need for repairs or maintenance. It makes good sense to have an independent review done on your behalf so that you have the whole picture.

A home inspection is an independent visual evaluation of the physical structure, systems, and components of a home.

The inspector considers:

Overall construction

Structural integrity

Quality of materials used

Life expectancies

Deferred maintenance

Nspectr Services was established to educate buyers, sellers and owners in obtaining the vital information to assess the present conditions of their property. The inspection process is intended to provide the client with a better understanding of the property in order to make an informed buying decision.

A regular home inspection is not a guarantee or warranty of any kind, it is not a code inspection or an appraisal.

Why is a Home Inspections useful?

Buying a home is usually the biggest investment decision of your life. Even the most knowledgeable homeowner can benefit by having an inspection by a professional inspector to assess and itemize the positive aspects as well as problem concerns that may not be obvious. This is the best way to minimize costly surprises and difficulties afterwards, and you will learn the great things about the home, as well as the maintenance that will be needed to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and will be able to make a confident buying decision.

Nspectr Services provides you with valuable knowledge and information through our complete reporting system that gives you confidence plus peace of mind.

Our Home Inspection Reporting System

Our inspection reporting system is simple, informative and a complete package - most importantly, it's easy to read and follow for clients.

The inspector's findings will be documented for you, using plain language, in one of the most descriptive written reports available in the industry!

The inspector will include helpful maintenance, energy saving and safety tips.

Home inspection reports include

Overall site / visible drainage

Perimeter fencing

Retaining wall systems

Exterior surface components - driveways, walkways, patios etc.

Landscaping

Garages, including mechanical equipment

Exterior wall surfaces and installations, auxiliary components

Exterior windows and doors

Porches and decks

Roof surfaces and auxiliary components

Attic spaces - structure etc.

Interiors - walls, ceilings, floors, stairs, doors

Kitchens, cabinets, sinks, built-in appliances, auxiliary components

Bathrooms - sinks, vanities, tubs/showers, toilets, auxiliary components

Laundry facilities

Fireplaces, chimneys

Foundations, basements, crawlspaces, structural components etc.

Plumbing systems including water heating equipment

Central and auxiliary heating equipment / systems and ventilation

Electrical systems and components

Should you attend the inspection?

We highly recommend our clients attend the inspection to fully benefit from the education that is provided by attending the inspection.

Please write down any concerns or questions you may have about your home and bring them with you to the inspection. Ask questions during the inspection as you follow the inspector around the house. This way, you will learn more about the condition of the home, how the systems work, and how to maintain it. You will also find the written report easier to understand if you've had the verbal report during the inspection.

How long does an inspection take?

The average onsite inspection time is approximately 2 to 3 hours depending on the size, condition and age of the property. Your report will be prepared and emailed to you, usually later that same day. Please inform your Realtor or Seller about the length of time so they may allow sufficient time for us to complete your home inspection.

STANDARDS OF PRACTICE AND CODE OF ETHICS.

We not only meet the minimum industry standards of NACHI, we exceed them.

See the Standards Of Practice.

FREE AFTER SERVICE PHONE, TEXT & EMAIL CONSULTATION.

All our clients have the opportunity to call, text or email us as long as they own there home, with questions concerning maintenance, repairs and remodeling during their ownership of the home we inspected.

Energy Saving Home Inspections.



Energy Saving Tips

Heating and cooling accounts for about 60 per cent of an average home's energy costs.
Tips for the winter months:
Install a programmable thermostat with a built-in timer. You can set it to lower the heat by a few degrees at night and when you are away. Check for drafts and leaks. Caulking and weather-stripping are simple and inexpensive solutions that will prevent heat from escaping the home. Clean the air filter on your furnace every month to improve efficiency.
Tips for the summer months:
Avoid running your air conditioner from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays as much as possible. If you are home during this peak period, try cooling off with a fan first. Cool your home to 25°C instead of the low 20s. Use a portable fan and/or ceiling fan in conjunction with your air conditioner to stay cool. Use timers to operate swimming pool pumps, filters and heaters during off-peak periods when prices are lowest. Keep the filter clean for greater efficiency. Use a solar blanket to keep swimming pools warm overnight. Alternatively, solar pool heaters (approximately $3000 to $5000) can be a cost-effective purchase when you consider the costs of equipment, installation and fuel for a traditional heater.
After heating and cooling, water heaters use the most energy in the home.
Tips:
Wrap your electric hot water tank and pipes in a special tank blanket to help retain heat.
Do not wrap a gas heater as an inappropriate or incorrectly installed blanket is dangerous.
Use the 'vacation' setting or turn off the water heater when you are out of town.
Drain a pail of water from your natural gas hot water tank every three months to remove sediment that prevents efficient heat transfer (check manufacturer's recommendation).
Fix leaky faucets. A little drip can add up to litres of water per month.
Install low flow aerators on faucets to save water and energy.
Refrigerator
Tips: Set the temperature no lower than you need to. Check manufacturer's recommendations. Avoid overfilling the refrigerator as it blocks air circulation. Conversely, a full freezer will perform better than an empty one. Check your refrigerator door's seal by closing the door on a $5 bill. If it is held tightly in place, the seal is OK. If not, the door should be adjusted or the seal replaced. Clean your refrigerator's coils (at the back) and air intake grill (below the doors) every three months. Keep refrigerators and freezers out of direct sunlight, and allow at least five centimetres all around (or as recommended by the manufacturer) to allow heat to escape from the compressor and condensing coil. Don't let freezers build up more than six millimetres of frost. Defrost regularly to keep freezers working their best. Don't keep that old, inefficient refrigerator running in the basement for occasional refreshments. It could cost you $150 or more per year in electricity.
Buying a new refrigerator? Consider energy savings in your buying decision. Look for the EnerGuide label when making your next refrigerator purchase. Also, look for ENERGY STAR® models. ENERGY STAR® qualified refrigerators exceed minimum federal energy efficiency standards for energy consumption by at least 10 per cent, which will save you more money in the long run.
Stove/Oven
As a general rule for smaller cooking jobs, use smaller appliances. For example, instead of your range or cooktop, use the electric kettle, toaster oven or microwave.
Tips:
Use an electric kettle to boil water instead of the stove, which is less efficient. Don't use a bigger pot than you need, and match the pot to the right size element for greatest efficiency. Thaw frozen foods in the refrigerator (unless the label says otherwise). If you put aluminum foil on the bottom of the oven to catch drippings, make sure the foil does not block any of the oven's circulation holes.
Dishwasher
Tips:
Shift dishwasher use to off-peak periods where possible. Always operate with full loads, and use the air-dry setting. Clean drains and filters regularly to ensure efficient operation.
Buying a new dishwasher?
Consider energy savings in your buying decision. Look for the EnerGuide label when making your next dishwasher purchase. Also, look for ENERGY STAR® models, which are at least 25 per cent more efficient than the least efficient dishwasher.
Clothes Washer and Dryer
Washer
Tips:
Adjust the water level setting to match the size of the load. Run full loads when possible, but do not overload the machine. Wash your clothes in cold or warm water. Hot water can shrink and fade your clothes and approximately 85-90 per cent of the energy used by washing machines is for heating the water.
Dryer
Tips:
Consider using a clothesline or drying rack to avoid the cost of a dryer altogether. Ensure clothes are effectively wrung before putting them into the dryer. Separate loads into heavy, medium and lightweight items as lighter loads will take less drying time than a mixture of items. Dry loads consecutively to use otherwise wasted heat from the dryer. Clean the lint trap after every load for greater efficiency.
Buying a new washer?
Consider energy savings in your buying decision. Look for the EnerGuide label when making your next washer purchase. Also, invest a little more for an ENERGY STAR® model, which uses 35-50 per cent less water and 50 per cent less energy than the average washer. Front-loading washers cost a little more than conventional washing machines, but they use roughly half the water per load. They are also more effective at squeezing the water out of laundry, which lowers the electricity costs for drying it. Laundry washed in front-loading washers lasts longer because it is gently tumbled rather than twisted around an agitator.
Lighting
Tips:
Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Contrary to popular belief, less energy is consumed when lights are turned on and off than if a light is left on all the time. Replace the bulbs with low wattage bulbs for any light that must be on all night. Consider using LED light bulbs. They cost more than regular light bulbs, but they last longer and use 75 per cent less electricity.
Install a motion sensor for outside lighting that automatically turns the lights on and off as needed. Concentrate bright light where you need it, rather than evenly lighting the entire room. Alternatively, dimmer switches are an inexpensive way to save energy (and a great way to set the mood). Decorate your home with lighting in mind. Lighter colours reflect light, so use them in areas you want to be brighter.

Maintenance Home Inspections



Maintenance Tips

What's a Maintenance Inspection:
A maintenance inspection is essentially the same as a standard home inspection, but the inspection is done for the current owner. Most of these homeowners have been in their homes for over five years, and they may or may not have had their home inspected at the time they purchased it. Homeowner maintenance inspections are becoming more and more popular in Canada. About a month ago I had a week where I did more homeowner maintenance inspections, then real-estate transactions. That's not to say that the real estate market is slow; sales are certainly up. It's just that most purchase agreements give home buyers five business days to get their new home inspected. Because of that, we typically don't schedule any real-estate transaction inspections out past five business days, but when it's a homeowner maintenance inspection, most people don't mind waiting a week or two to get the home maintenance inspection done. Another difference between a buyers inspection and a homeowner maintenance inspection is that we sometimes go a little " Mike Holmes" on the house by cutting into stuff or taking stuff apart that we wouldn't normally do for a traditional home inspection. While a traditional buyers inspection is subject to a purchase agreement with standard language saying it's a non-invasive inspection, we don't have those kinds of limitations with a maintenance inspection. Usually, the homeowner is right there with me for the maintenance inspection. If I'm concerned about water intrusion below that basement cabinet in the corner, I'll ask the owner if I can drill a hole in the back of the cabinet and stick a borescope in there to check it out. I think most home inspectors like to get to the bottom of stuff like this, and homeowners appreciate the extra work involved to get to the bottom of questions. Win-win. Everyone's happy and we all sleep better at night.
Why get a Maintenance Inspection?
Think of a maintenance inspection as a checkup visit to the doctor or dentist that need only happen every three to five years or so. A maintenance inspection will help to prioritize a home improvement list, and to hopefully find out about small problems before they turn into big ones. In some cases, a maintenance inspection will reveal something that was thought to be a small problem but, has already turned into a big one. A maintenance inspection also gives homeowners a chance to have a professional home inspector answer questions with a completely unbiased viewpoint. Is it normal for the lights to dim like this when the AC turns on? Is my deck still safe? Can I leave that buried fuel oil tank in the yard when I sell? My roofer said the roof should be replaced; does it really need replacement this year, or can it wait? Should I invest in new windows? Would more insulation in the attic save me money? The home inspector isn't there to sell anything. We're just going to give unbiased, accurate opinion using the years of knowledge we have obtained inspecting homes just like yours. If we can save you money or find ways for you our client to avoid unnecessary repairs bills we will feel that we’ve done a good job.
What about a single item inspections?
When someone has a specific problem with their house that they want to get an opinion on, or they just have a few issues that they want to have attended to, that's what a single item inspection is for. We do a lot of these, but the price of a troubleshooting inspection for a particular concern is typically about 1/3 the price of a full inspection. In most cases, we end up doing a full inspection because a homeowner is dealing with a persistent problem that nobody can get to the bottom of. The homeowner has several things that need to be looked at by various professionals and this is the owner's chance to get it all done at once.
At most single item inspections, we end up seeing a number of other major concerns that jump out at us:
Does the owner know their downspouts drain right against the house? Does the owner know they're missing kick-out flashing and water is probably pouring into the wall behind the siding every time it rains? Does the owner know their dryer vent is clogged and creating a fire hazard? We usually try to keep our mouth shut unless it's a safety issue and even then, it needs to be brought up diplomatically. A homeowner's home is their castle and sometimes it's even their baby and no one likes to have their castle or baby messed with. If you have a persistent problem with your home that you want to get to the bottom of, you want help prioritizing repairs, you'd like to know the overall condition of your house or you'd like to get an unbiased opinion on home improvements, contact a us to conduct a maintenance inspection. If you want to see what to expect or you'd prefer to try to conduct your own inspection. Check out this "Maintenance Inspection SOP" the things we will check during your inspection.

Extra Value Services

Every home is different some need special attention to certain areas.


Radon Inspections

What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced naturally by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. Since radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, it can get into your home undetected. In outdoor air, radon is diluted and therefore not a concern. But in confined spaces like your house, radon can build up to high levels and become a health risk. Radon can enter your home any place where the house touches the soil and there is an opening.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is produced naturally

by the breakdown of uranium in the ground. Since radon can't be seen, smelled, or tasted, it can get into your home undetected. In outdoor air, radon is diluted and therefore not a concern. But in confined spaces like your house, radon can build up to high levels and become a health risk.

Radon can enter your home any place where the house touches the soil and there is an opening.

NOTE: This is not part of a regular inspection but can be added to any inspection for a small fee. It can also be done as a individual inspection on any property.

Possible entry points into your home include:

cracks in foundation walls and floor slabs

construction joints

gaps around service pipes

support posts

window casements

floor drains

sumps or cavities inside walls

dirt floors

Health Risks

Radon exposure increases your risk of developing lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

Your risk of cancer depends on several factors:

the level of radon in your house

how long you are exposed

whether you smoke (exposure to radon and tobacco use together can significantly increase your risk of lung cancer)

Did you know?

It is estimated that a non-smoker exposed to high levels of radon over a lifetime has a one in 20 chance of developing lung cancer. That estimate increases to one in three for a smoker exposed to high levels of radon over a lifetime.

Testing for Radon

Almost every home in Canada has some radon. But the levels vary from one house to another, even if they are next door to each other.

The only way to know if you have a radon problem is to test your home. It is simple and inexpensive.

You have two options for testing:

Hire a certified radon measurement professional and you will be educated as to the most cost effective way to deal with radon mitigation , should the need arise.

Do it yourself. Home radon test kits cost between $30 and $60 and can be purchased from some hardware stores or ordered by phone or online. Kits include a radon detector that is meant to be exposed to the air inside your home for a period of time and then sent to a lab for analysis.

Health Canada recommends using a long-term test device for at least three months. The best time to test is between September and April, when your windows are mostly closed.

Reducing Radon in your Home.

If the radon level in your home is above the Canadian guideline of 200 becquerels/metre³, you need to reduce it. The higher the radon level in your home, the sooner it needs to be reduced.

A certified radon mitigation professional can help provide you with the most effective radon reduction solution. One of these solutions is a commonly-used method known as sub-slab depressurization. A pipe is installed through the foundation floor and is piped to the outside with a small fan attached, which draws the radon from under the house and pushes it back outside, before it can enter your home. This solution can reduce the radon level in a home by more than 90%. Increased ventilation and sealing of radon entry points can also help reduce radon levels, but these solutions may not be as effective as sub-slab depressurization.

See Radon Reduction Guide for Canadians for more information on reducing radon in your home.

The above info is provided by the Government of Canada

NOTE: This is not part of a regular inspection but can be added to any inspection for a small fee. It can also be done as a individual inspection on any property.


Mold Inspection

What is Mold Inspection?

How will it or could it assist in your home inspection?

A mold inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of a building to identify and report on conditions that have led to moisture intrusion, water damage and conditions conducive to microbial growth or the actual existence of microbial growth. If such conditions are present we will take samples and send them to a laboratory for analysis.

What is mold?

Mold is a very important organism and is part of the natural environment. Molds are part of the fungi kingdom, a diverse group of organisms within a wide range of species that include mushrooms, bracket fungi, molds and mildew.

Mold's primary function is to breakdown dead organic material and recycles nutrients back to the earth. Without mold our world would be covered in accumulated organic matter. It is estimated that molds and other fungi make up approximately 25% of the earth's biomass. It's only when mold occupies our homes and living spaces in high concentrations that the potential for problems exist. Most often mold spores land on places not suitable for growth and will eventually die. However, some spores land on surfaces containing proper nutrients and where conditions are just right for growth. Mold is a microscopic organism, which grows from spores (seeds). Mold spores are constantly in our environment, indoors and out.

In order for mold to grow it needs an organic food source, a source of moisture, and the right humidity. Since it is impossible to eliminate mold and mold spores in the air around us, the solution to controlling indoor mold problems is to control moisture. Moisture intrusion can occur from a variety of sources and can have many causes.

Common moisture problems include:

Leaking roofs

Leaking or condensing water pipes, especially pipes inside wall cavities or pipe chases

Landscaping

Gutters and downspouts that direct water into or under a building

High humidity (greater than 60% relative humidity) Combustion appliances such as gas clothes dryers vented into a garage, or an attic, etc.

Flooding humidifiers

Damp basement or crawl spaces. Constant plumbing leaks or broken pipes

Houseplants

Steam from cooking

Shower/Bath or indoor clothes drying lines

New construction techniques in recent years meant to improve our comfort and energy conservation have contributed greatly to mold problems. Construction practices such as the use of thermal insulation, re-circulated forced air heating and cooling, tighter building enclosures and the elimination of chimneys have led to poor ventilation due to a reduction in fresh air exchange. This reduction in fresh air exchange also negatively impacts a building's ability to shed excess moisture. Mold becomes a problem when excess moisture is present. In addition, construction materials have shifted from materials too alkaline to grow mold or bacteria to materials more susceptible to mold growth. Changing from plaster-on-cedar lath coated with lime to drywall is a good example. Plastic pipes, instead of copper, are more likely to leak. Heating and air conditioning system ducts are poorly insulated thus reducing air exchange rates, etc. As mold develops, it produces enzymes to digest organic materials, such as wallboard, wood, carpet backing, paper, and personal items, etc. Some molds are particularly fond of cellulose materials like wood, wallboard and ceiling tiles and can cause serious structural problems. Not all types of mold are toxic, nor is the existence of mold necessarily harmful. However, certain molds can create serious health problems. It is a known fact that certain types of molds produce toxic chemicals called mycotoxins as a by-product of growth. These chemicals produce toxic effects in most people. The symptoms will vary in severity, however depending on the level of exposure. A person's immune system normally provides the needed defense mechanisms that protect us, but problems arise when it is suppressed or when exposures to mold are exceedingly high.

Elements Affecting Indoor Air Quality

For the last several decades much attention has been focused on indoor air pollution and its associated health risks. Most of us now spend a majority of our time indoors sleeping, eating, working and socializing. Recent research tells us that we now spend up to 90 percent of our time indoors. Only relatively recently have we begun to consider how the quality of the air we breathe indoors affects our health and well-being. Independent studies show worker productivity can be affected by as much as 50% by indoor air quality. Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particulates into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems in homes. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the home. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants.

Other potential sources of indoor pollutants, besides mold, include:

Asbestos

Biological Pollutants Carbon Monoxide

Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products

Household Cleaning and Maintenance

Personal Care Products

Nitrogen Dioxide Pesticides

Radon

Second-hand Smoke / Environmental Tobacco Smoke

Stoves, Heaters, Fireplace, and Chimneys

Construction Materials

How People Get Sick from Mold

We are all exposed to mold on a daily basis without evident harm. Health problems can arise when mold spores enter the air and then enter our bodies in large numbers. For some people a relatively small amount of mold spores can cause health problems, and yet for others it may take a considerably greater amount.

There are three ways mold spores can enter the human body:

Inhalation: Breathing in airborne mold spores.

Skin: Touching moldy surfaces such as furniture or coming in contact with plants that may have mold.

Ingestion: Eating toxic fungal species on spoiled food, including nuts, grain, rice and agricultural products.

Who's at Greatest Risk?

Exposure to elevated mold levels isn't necessarily healthy for anybody. However, there are certain individuals who appear to have the greatest risk for adverse health effects to mold.

Infants and children

Elderly

Immune-compromised individuals

Pregnant women

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as allergies, multiple chemical sensitivity and asthma.

The above info provided by "InterNACHI"

NOTE: This is not part of a regular inspection but can be added to any inspection for a small fee. It can also be done as a individual inspection on any property.


Infared Inspection

What is InfraRed Thermography;
and how will it or could it assist in your home inspection? First of all, InfraRed Thermography is not x-ray and can not see through any materials. It only displays the surface temperatures or radiated heat. The amount of heat radiated however is dependant upon the materials, colours, etc and can at times provide information that can be misleading if not properly understood or interpreted. There as as many misunderstood infrared pictures in the field as there are accurate ones.
Why?

Well because often times a home inspector will purchase an infrared camera and begin work the next day. They have no experience, no training and no certifications. Proper use and more importantly interpretation of thermography images requires all three.

When properly trained and certified, an inspector using a thermal imaging camera will provide valuable assistance in finding potential problems one could not see with a naked eye.

We believe thermal imaging works, and are so convinced we have actually taken courses from: InterNACHI.

Home inspectors who use Infrared Cameras will often refer to this as Thermal Imaging. It is often used to assist in location of hidden deficiencies. These often will include missing insulation, hot spots on electrical panel and moisture penetration. It is true that InfraRed Thermography or Thermal Imaging can assist with locating electrical related problems, finding areas with missing, damaged or wet insulation, locating heat loss in building envelope, potential moisture intrusion, plumbing leaks, problems with HVAC or damaged radiant heating piping.

It is also prone to many errors in data interpretation and accurately understanding what is seen. However when performed by a Certified inspector Infrared Thermography or Thermal Imaging is a non-invasive tool to assist in finding potential issues which warrant further investigation.

NOTE: This is not part of a regular inspection but can be added to any inspection for a small fee. It can also be done as a individual inspection on any property.

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