Sewer line inspection – The sewer line inspection involves inserting a sewer camera from the sewer line cleanout near the building, or other suitable entry point, to determine the condition between the building and the main city connection. Note; the inability of the camera to reach the street does not mean the inspection is incomplete. The inspection of the sewer line is intended to discover areas of concern that will need eventual, or immediate, attention. This could involve clogged or damaged piping and these areas, once repaired or cleared, should be re-inspected. Recommendations are included in the report.
Chimney Inspection – The chimney inspection involves accessing the chimney or flue, where access is safe and practical to verify proper conditions are present for safe use of gas and wood fireplaces. The flue is inspected internally with a top quality chimney inspection camera that takes videos which are included in the report. The firebox and other components accessible from indoors are inspected and reported on with recommendations for repair.
Roof Inspections – A roof inspection is needed more than people realize. Shingles, rolled roofing, flashings and mastic wear out fast in the California sun. Most items that could contribute to leaks cannot be seen from the ground. Often the true condition of the roof cannot be determined until someone actually gets up on the roof. Providing the slope is not too steep, we walk the roof. For high, steep or hard to access roofs we use aerial drones to see the areas many inspectors can’t.
HVAC Inspections – Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning is a sometimes complex inspection in California with the newer products constantly being added to the list of options an owner has. We perform a visual check on the components as well as assess reading from thermometers and verify there is sufficient air flow. Code compliance is not always obvious, we are focused on the operation and safety of these systems.
Electrical Inspections – Our electrical inspections start at the utility connection and continue through the main panel to the branch wiring throughout the building. Though the wiring is mainly covered, we test outlets, lights, components and inspect the panels to properly assess the system
Plumbing Inspections – Our plumbing inspection starts at the city meter, where accessible, and continues through the main shut off and to the fixtures and features throughout the properly. The supply and drain lines are inspected where visible and commented on along with the fixtures that were tested. Recommendations for maintenance or repair are included in the report.
Foundation Inspections – The best way to inspect the foundation is from the inside when there is access. The crawl space contains other components of the building that cannot easliy be seen. Various factors that may be impacting the building can be seen from the crawl space. We will assess changes and upgrades where visible. Recommendations are included in the report.
Interior Surfaces – We perform visual assessments of the interior rooms including the kitchen and bathrooms. We do not move furniture or personal items. We are looking for damage/moisture throughout the building as we inspect . In the kitchen and bathrooms we check the cabinets, fixtures and appliances. Lack of maintenance in these areas can lead to water or mold damage. We know what to look for.
Exterior Surfaces – We do a top to bottom assessment of the exterior surfaces of the building. While noting the overall condition, we focus on maintenance, safety and areas requiring correction to keep out pests and moisture. We offer maintenance tips and make recommendations for corrections before small items become big items.
Grounds/Drainage – The hardscaping like driveways and patios and the landscaping are especially important to observe as they can direct us to potential foundation related issues. Trees close to a building can affect the foundation, siding and even the roof. Minor drainage issues may not seem like a big deal but they can lead to big issues with the foundation over time.
Washer/Dryer/Fridge/Freezer – Built in appliances should be checked according to all the State and National inspection standards of practice. Most inspectors stop there, but we would want to know about the other appliances if we were buying a property and we think you would too. Sometimes we are told that they are not staying and that they don’t need to be tested. We make an effort to test them anyway when we can, so we know if the connections will work in the future.
Repair Verification – This is an often asked for service and we do many of these inspections. After repairs are made, or for any other reason, we can return to the property to re-inspect. This is only available on properties we have previously inspected. Also, we will require an itemized list of items that are to be checked. This fee covers 1.5 hours on-site as well as amending the original report. Extra time is available for an additional fee.
Pool/Spa – Our pool inspections include the functional equipment, the pool/spa itself and the safety aspects that every owner needs to be aware of. Standards for pool safety are constantly changing and we keep up with all the changes. Often the condition we find was acceptable when the pool, or a component, was installed. But, we will mention the changes and present upgrade options that improve safety.
Whether you are buying or selling, we provide the inspection services you need to make good decisions about your home.
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