Attic, Insulation, & Ventilation Inspections

Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace,
& Structure Inspections


Chimney Ispections

Cooling System Inspections

Deck Inspections

Door, Window, & Interior Inspections

Electrical Inspections

Exterior Inspections

Fireplace Inspections

Heating System Inspections

HVAC Inspections

Moisture Intrusion Inspections

Mold Inspections

Plumbing Inspections

Radon Gas Inspections

Roof Inspections

Septic Inspections


What really matters in a home inspection?
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4 Point Inspections

Infrared Thermal Image Reports
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Mold Remediation

Wood Destroying Insect Reports

Pest Control

Remote Image Capturing











4 point inspections in the poconos



4 Point Inspection: A "Four Point Inspection" focuses only on four specific areas of interest in a home:

- HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning)
- Electrical wiring and panels
- Plumbing connections and fixtures
- Roof

The inspection and report describes the condition and age of these elements. Many Insurance companies require this type of inspection to avoid future liability to already faulty areas of concern.
attic inspections in the poconos






Attic, Insulation & Ventilation Inspection: The inspector shall inspect: insulation in unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; ventilation of unfinished spaces, including attics, crawlspaces and foundation areas; and mechanical exhaust systems in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry area.

The inspector shall describe the type of insulation observed; and the approximate average depth of insulation observed at the unfinished attic floor area or roof structure.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction, the general absence of insulation or ventilation in unfinished spaces.

For more information on this topic visit:
https://www.nachi.org/blog/2009/10/07/attic-ventilation/

structure inspections in the poconos









Basement, Foundation, Crawlspace & Structure Inspection: The inspector shall inspect: the foundation; the basement; the crawlspace; and structural components.

The inspector shall describe the type of foundation, and the location of the access to the under-floor space.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction: A. observed indications of wood in contact with or near soil; B. observed indications of active water penetration; C. observed indications of possible foundation movement, such as sheetrock cracks, brick cracks, out-of-square door frames, and unleveled floors; and D. any observed cutting, notching and boring of framing members that may, in the inspector's opinion, present a structural or safety concern.

Note that the inspector is not required to enter any crawlspace that is not readily accessible, or where entry could cause damage or pose a hazard to him/herself.
chimney inspections in the poconos




Chimney Inspection: The following information was acquired from the InterNACHI website:
The goal of the inspection is to provide observations which may lead to the decrease of hazardous conditions associated with fireplaces and chimneys. If the inspection reveals that an existing chimney is not safe for the intended application, it must be repaired, rebuilt, lined, relined or replaced with a vent or chimney to conform to building standards.

For more information, watch this informative video here:
https://www.nachi.org/inspection-video-fireplace-chimney-inspection.htm?wvideo=qa1wtjcje2


cooling system inspections in the poconos









Cooling System Inspection: Here the inspector shall inspect the cooling system, using normal operating controls.

The inspector shall describe the location of the thermostat for the cooling system; and the cooling method.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction any cooling system that did not operate; and if the cooling system was deemed inaccessible.

Keep in mind, the Cooling Inspector is not required to: A. determine the uniformity, temperature, flow, balance, distribution, size, capacity, BTU, or supply adequacy of the cooling system. B. inspect portable window units, through-wall units, or electronic air filters. C. operate equipment or systems if the exterior temperature is below 65 Degrees Fahrenheit, or when other circumstances are not conducive to safe operation or may damage the equipment. D. inspect or determine thermostat calibration, cooling anticipation, or automatic setbacks or clocks. E. examine electrical current, coolant fluids or gases, or coolant leakage.
deck inspections in the poconos




Deck Inspection: The following information was acquired from the InterNACHI website.

More than 2 million decks are built and replaced each year in North America. InterNACHI estimates that of the 45 million existing decks, only 40% are completely safe...

A deck failure is any failure of a deck that could lead to injury, including rail failure, or total deck collapse... Rotting posts, Uneven weight distribution, and ground level shifts, are just some of the issues pertaining to a Deck Inspection.

For more information on Deck Inspections and deck safety issues, visit:
https://www.nachi.org/deck-inspections.htm/



interior inspections in the poconos





















Doors, Windows & Interior Inspection: The inspector shall inspect: a representative number of doors and windows by opening and closing them; floors, walls and ceilings; stairs, steps, landings, stairways and ramps; railings, guards and handrails; and garage vehicle doors and the operation of garage vehicle door openers, using normal operating controls.

The inspector shall describe their findings, including a description of the garage vehicle door as manually-operated or installed with a garage door opener.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction: improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, guards and railings; photo-electric safety sensors that did not operate properly; and any window that was obviously fogged or displayed other evidence of broken seals.


electrical inspections in the poconos



Electrical Inspection: The goal of the Electrical Inspector is to inspect residential electrical panel(s) and subpanel(s), identifying common electrical violations, defects, and concerns. Some of the topics covered in an Electrical Report can include: Ihe Electrical Panel, Interior Outlets; Grounding and Bonding; Double-Taps and Over-fusing; Sizing the A/C breaker; Multi-wire Branch Circuits; Aluminum Wires; Electric Dryers and Appliances; Service Conductors; Infrared Thermography; and more ...



exterior inspections in the poconos



Exterior Inspection: The inspector shall inspect: the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim; all exterior doors; adjacent walkways and driveways; stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps; porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports; railings, guards and handrails; the eaves, soffits and fascia; a representative number of windows; and vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.

The inspector shall describe the type of exterior wall-covering materials.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction, any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails.




fireplace inspections in the poconos







Fireplace Inspection: The inspector shall inspect: readily accessible and visible portions of the fireplaces and chimneys; lintels above the fireplace openings; damper doors by opening and closing them, if readily accessible and manually operable; and cleanout doors and frames.

The inspector shall describe the type of fireplace.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction: evidence of joint separation, damage or deterioration of the hearth, hearth extension or chambers; manually operated dampers that did not open and close; the lack of a smoke detector in the same room as the fireplace; the lack of a carbon-monoxide detector in the same room as the fireplace; and cleanouts not made of metal, pre-cast cement, or other non-combustible material.

Note that the Fireplace Inspector is not required to inspect the flue or vent system or to inspect the interior of chimneys or flues. That would be the job of the Chimney Inspector, or Chimney Professional.
heating system inspections in the poconos




Heating Inspection: Here the inspector shall inspect the heating system, using normal operating controls.

The inspector shall describe: the location of the thermostat for the heating system; the energy source; and the heating method.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction, any heating system that did not operate; and if the heating system was deemed inaccessible.

Keep in mind, the Heat Inspector is not required to inspect, measure, or evaluate the interior of flues or chimneys, fire chambers, heat exchangers, combustion air systems, fresh-air intakes, makeup air, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, electronic air filters, geothermal systems, or solar heating systems.
hvac system inspections in the poconos




HVAC Inspection: The objective of the HVAC inspector is to:

- inspect the heating system and related components;
- inspect the cooling system and related components;
- inspect the fireplace, solid-fuel burning appliances and chimneys;
- identify and describe each system and related component of the heating, cooling and fireplace systems;
- describe to clients defects observed at the heating, cooling and fireplace systems.

Some of the topics the HVAC inspector may touch upon are as follows: Identifying and Describing Heating Systems; Gas, Gas Meters and Gas Pipes, gas furnaces, oil furnaces; High-Efficiency Heat Exchangers; Coal, Wood and Multi-Fuel Furnaces; Hydronic Heating Systems; Steam Heating System; Electric Heating Systems; Steam and Hot-Water Space Heating Systems; Air Conditioning; Heat Pumps; Air Cleaners and Filters; Duct Systems; Humidifiers; Electric Furnaces; ... and more ...
infrared thermal imaging in the poconos


























Infrared Thermal Image Reports The following information was acquired from the InterNACHI website.

Water Intrusion, leaks, overheated electrical panels, and energy loss, are some saturations that cannot always be seen with the naked eye. With Infrared Technology, Inspectors can give warning to serious situations or issues that may become an issue in the future.

"Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show homeowners things about their homes that canít be revealed using conventional inspection methods" (Nachi.org).

For more information on this topic, visit:
https://www.nachi.org/ir-reports.htm

You may also view the informative video below:

moisture intrusion inspections in the poconos











Moisture Intrusion Inspection: The Following information was acquired from the InterNACHI website.

Moisture intrusion can be the cause of building defects, as well as health ailments for the building's occupants... Some common moisture-related problems include: structural wood decay; high indoor humidity and resulting condensation; expansive soil, which may crack the foundation through changes in volume, or softened soil, which may lose its ability to support an overlying structure; undermined foundations; metal corrosion; ice dams; and mold growth. Mold can only grow in the presence of high levels of moisture.

People who suffer from the following conditions can be seriously (even fatally) harmed if exposed to elevated levels of airborne mold spores: asthma; allergies; lung disease; and/or compromised immune systems.
Note: People who do not suffer from these ailments may still be harmed by elevated levels of airborne mold spores

For the full InterNACHI article on Moisture Intrusion, visit:
https://www.nachi.org/moisture-intrusion.htm

mold inspections in the poconos




Mold Inspection: Some types of mold can be dangerous and some types not so much, but it is very important to have a certified mold inspection professional inspect and test any areas of your home when you suspect mold.

The following information was acquired from MoldReport.com:
"A mold inspection is when a person looks for mold growth in a building"...

Mold inspections should look for evidence of past or current mold growth...

Mold inspections should look for mold within the building, inside walls, and in other areas where mold growth is undesirable, including areas where mold growth could be causing structural issues such as wood decay in crawlspaces.

For more information on this topic, visit:
http://www.moldreport.com/mold_inspections.html

mold remediation in the poconos





Mold Remediation is the process of eliminating mold from an area while isolating the cause and fixing the problem.

Here is a brief rundown of what steps are to be taken during the Mold Remediation process:

First step is to find out where there is a water/moisture problem, and then the contaminated area must be isolated. All wet and mold-damaged porous materials must be removed (example: cutting out sheet rock, removing insulation, etc.), while making sure any dust is suppressed. Then, everything in the area and surrounding area will be cleaned using the proper solutions for the situation and type of mold. Lastly, all materials that were moved or removed will be repaired and/or replaced if necessary.
pest control in the poconos



Pest Control: EcoTech Pest Services specializes in Pest Control, Tick Treatments, Animal Exclusions, etc.

Ecotech Pest Service is an affiliated sister company of Ecotech Services, LLC.





plumbing inspections in the poconos












Plumbing Inspection: The inspector shall inspect: the main water supply shut-off valve; the main fuel supply shut-off valve; the water heating equipment, including the energy source, venting connections, temperature/pressure-relief (TPR) valves, Watts 210 valves, and seismic bracing; interior water supply, including all fixtures and faucets, by running the water; all toilets for proper operation by flushing; all sinks, tubs and showers for functional drainage; the drain, waste and vent system; and drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.

The inspector shall describe: whether the water supply is public or private based upon observed evidence; the location of the main water supply shut-off valve; the location of the main fuel supply shut-off valve; the location of any observed fuel-storage system; and the capacity of the water heating equipment, if labeled.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction: deficiencies in the water supply by viewing the functional flow in two fixtures operated simultaneously; deficiencies in the installation of hot and cold water faucets; mechanical drain stops that were missing or did not operate if installed in sinks, lavatories and tubs; and toilets that were damaged, had loose connections to the floor, were leaking, or had tank components that did not operate.



radon gas inspections in the poconos



















Radon Gas Inspection: The following information on Radon Gas was acquired from the Home Buyer's and Seller's Guide to Radon - United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/hmbuygud.pdf

U.S. SURGEON GENERAL HEALTH ADVISORY "Indoor radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States and breathing it over prolonged periods can present a significant health risk to families all over the country. It's important to know that this threat is completely preventable. Radon can be detected with a simple test and fixed through well-established venting techniques." January 2005

Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation.

You cannot Predict radon levels based on state, local, and neighborhood random measurements. Do not rely on radon test results taken in other homes in he neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes which are next to each other can have different indoor radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out what your home's radon level is.

For more information on Radon Gas, visit:
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-05/documents/hmbuygud.pdf

remote image capturing in the poconos


Remote Image Capturing is a wireless drone operated system where photos and videos are implemented to give a First Person View to the pilot remote controlling the drone. The images are then documented thru the camera and then sent to the client's computer. This method is usually used when a situation occurs that makes it very hard or impossible for a person to see what is going on in a specific location; for example: on a roof or above the tree line.

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roof inspections in the poconos







Roof Inspection: The inspector shall inspect from ground level or the eaves: the roof-covering materials; the gutters; the downspouts; the vents, flashing, skylights, chimney, and other roof penetrations; and the general structure of the roof from the readily accessible panels, doors or stairs.

The inspector shall describe the type of roof-covering materials.

The inspector shall report as in need of correction; for example: observed indications of active roof leaks.

The inspector is not required to actually required walk on any roof surface; if you find yourself in need of more info about what's happening on your roof, you may request a remote image capture service or a roofer to access and fix the problem.
septic inspections in the poconos


































Septic System Inspection: The following information was acquired from the InterNACHI website.

A septic system receives, treats and disposes of unwanted wastewater and solids from a building's plumbing system. Solids are partially broken down into sludge within a septic tank and are separated from effluent (water) and scum (fat, oil and grease). Effluent regularly exits the tank into a drainfield where it is naturally filtered by bacteria and reentered into the groundwater. Scum and sludge must be pumped periodically and should never enter the drainfield.




When should a septic system be inspected?

The septic system should be inspected once a year, including as soon as the house is put on the market for sale. This will enhance the home's value and avoid any liability issues that might result from a malfunctioning system. It is in the interest of a prospective buyer to insist that the septic system be inspected before they purchase the home if it has not been done recently.

For more information on septic inspections, pleases visit:
https://www.nachi.org/inspecting-septic-systems.htm

wood destroying insect in the poconos





Wood Destroying Insect Reports: If you are buying, selling, or even just refinancing a home, a Wood Destroying Insect Report is often required. This report is used to document the presence or absence of these Wood Destroying Insects in properties that are for sale. The report also should point out issues that may be considered favorable to the existence of these organisms, and should attempt to determine if and how the property has been treated in the past. Wood Destroying Insects include: termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and reinfesting wood boring beetles and wasps. If an infestation is discovered, a specific course of treatment should be recommended by the inspector.




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