Home Inspection

A home is inspected by breaking it down into its sections, then each section into its elements. When looking at each individual element the inspector examines it using three perspectives: Safety, Operation, and Condition. The home inspector should only observe and report any concerns or defects on the day of the inspection.  My report will consist of pictures and details for over 18 different areas of the home.

Radon Testing

Radon is a colorless and odorless gas that is a known carcinogen. The gas comes from the natural decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. The gas typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Exposure to elevated levels of radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. The only way to be sure what the level is in your home is to test for it. Since radon gas levels fluctuate with the season and weather conditions it is recommended that repeat testing is done annually.  EPA recommends homes be fixed if the radon level is 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) or more.

Well Flow Test

A well flow test is a test to determine if the well has enough water to supply a family of 4 people living in a house. Additionally, a well flow test determines if there is a problem with the well or its associated equipment such as the pump and storage tank that requires further evaluation or repair by a professional well contractor. The well flow test consists of running water from a bathtub or from an exterior hose bib, for a period of time. Typically FHA standards are used, which consists of running the well for 1-hour at the rate of 3 gallons per minutes. This test is used to determine if the well has a minimum quantity of 180 gallons.

Water Purity Test

Typically, when there is a well supplying the drinking water in the house the bank will require a water quality test. I will act as an agent for the laboratory by collecting the water sample. The water test is performed by the St. Peter’s Bender Laboratory. Some banks will want just a simple bacteria test; others will want a more elaborate sampling because they want to check more of the elements in the water. Your Realtor will let you know what they need for the contract.