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Why Get An Inspection?

Considering buying or selling a home in the Fairfield County area? Here are our top reasons to get a home inspection: 


A home inspection is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a house, from the roof to the foundation.

Why do I need a home inspection?
Buying a home could be the largest single investment you will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the newly constructed or existing house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs or builder oversights, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. If you already are a homeowner, a home inspection can identify problems in the making and suggest preventive measures that might help you avoid costly future repairs. If you are planning to sell your home, a home inspection can give you the opportunity to make repairs that will put the house in better selling condition.
What does a home inspection include?
The home inspection report will cover the condition of the home’s heating system; central air conditioning system (temperature permitting); interior plumbing and electrical systems; the roof, attic and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and structural components. The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) publishes a Standards of Practice and Code of Ethicsthat outlines what you should expect to be covered in your home inspection report.
Why can’t I do it myself?
Even the most experienced homeowner lacks the knowledge and expertise of a professional home inspector. An inspector is familiar with the elements of home construction, proper installation, maintenance and home safety. He or she knows how the home’s systems and components are intended to function together, as well as why they fail. Above all, most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and unemotional about the house they really want, and this may have an effect on their judgment. For accurate information, it is best to obtain an impartial, third-party opinion by a professional in the field of home inspection.
Can a house fail a home inspection?
No. A professional home inspection is an examination of the current condition of a house. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value. It is not a municipal inspection, which verifies local code compliance. A home inspector, therefore, will not pass or fail a house, but rather describe its physical condition and indicate what components and systems may need major repair or replacement.
When do I call a home inspector?
Typically, a home inspector is contacted immediately after the contract or purchase agreement has been signed. Before you sign, be sure there is an inspection clause in the sales contract, making your final purchase obligation contingent on the findings of a professional home inspection. This clause should specify the terms and conditions to which both the buyer and seller are obligated.
Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how to maintain it.
What if the report reveals problems?
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn’t mean you should or shouldn’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.
If the house proves to be in good condition, did I really need an inspection?
Definitely. Now you can complete your home purchase with confidence. You’ll have learned many things about your new home from the inspector’s written report, and will have that information for future reference.


As a trusted Fairfield Home Inspection Company we take pride in sharing the knowledge needed to take good care of your most valuable investment. Need a home inspection in the Fairfield County region? Contact Long River Home Inspection of Fairfield today. 

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Tips to Divert Rain Water | Fairfield Home Inspection Blog Series

Yes, Spring has sprung! And so has our Spring edition of our Fairfield Home Inspection blog series, Part 2: Tips to Divert Rain Water. We’ve been having quite the rainy Spring here in Fairfield, and we’re doing our part to inform our readers on tips to help with water issues via our Fairfield Home Inspector Blog Series. Our last post, we discussed tips to prevent wet basements. Today, let’s talk about ways to divert rain water from your home.   Let’s take a moment to talk about kickout flashing, and its importance in construction.  Kickout flashing (sometimes called diverter flashing) is a type of flashing that diverts rainwater away from wall surfaces when they adjoin directly to a roof. As a home inspection company it’s something we look for on homes susceptible to rain water issues. This flashing provides protection from moisture entry and subsequent damage that can result when it is missing.  A missing kickout flashing can allow for water to specifically enter behind the wall siding and possibly the interior of the home as well.  During a home inspection process, we’ll look for visible staining below these areas at the exterior siding, or moisture staining at the interior, are indications of rain water intrusion.  Left unchecked the moisture has the potential to create severe rot and damage. Kickout flashings should be installed anywhere a roof and exterior wall intersect, where the wall continues past the lower roof-edge and gutter, and where gutters terminate at the side of a chimney.  It is a simple, yet vital, piece of flashing that is either rarely seen or installed incorrectly in many... read more

Tips to Prevent Wet Basements | Fairfield Home Inspection

Spring has sprung… as so has our Spring edition of our Fairfield Home Inspection blog series. The old rhyme is that April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring wet basements. Parts of Fairfield County, CT over the past couple of weeks have seen an excessive amount of rain, which has contributed to moisture in many crawlspaces and basements of homes. While predicting what level of rain may be a breaking point for water entry is not possible, there are a few areas you can address at the exterior of your property to help protect your basement and foundation before investing in a wet basement system. Two readily accessible things you can visually inspect at your home are the gutters and the grading. Today we’ll talk about grading, and by grading we are referring to the pitch of the soil at the exterior of the home. There is positive grading, which is soil that is sloping away from the home, and negative grading, which is soil that is sloping towards the home. Living in Fairfield County, we know that the topography may present us with challenges, but it is extremely important to examine a home for positive grading, as you want water to run away from the foundation, not towards it. Your soil should grade away from the home at 1 inch per foot for 6, even 10 feet, if possible. Look for any areas of settlement as well that may contribute to ponding next to the foundation. Read more about grading here If you have negative grade, you can simply add soil to help increase the grade.... read more

Tips to Prevent Frozen Pipes | Fairfield Home Inspector

Spring is here, but as we know in Connecticut you still can get a cold snap, even in the early spring.  This week we continue with our final winter related homeowner topic that many in Fairfield County may be familiar with, or have experienced first hand: frozen pipes. When supply water resting inside copper pipes freezes, it causes the copper to expand.  They might not split the first time they freeze, but then again, they just might.  A small split typically occurs where the pressure is greatest along the pipe, but it can also happen at the fittings.  Once the weather turns, and the water unfreezes, then you’ll start to see the leakage. PEX piping has become popular and is freeze-resistant, but not freeze proof.  A study was done at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory that involved the freezing and thawing of PEX pipes.  Two brands were frozen and thawed over 500 times without damage.  It should be noted that some of the fittings in their test did fail though (metal fittings).  Also, PEX-AL-PEX, which is piping that has an internal layer of aluminum bonded to 2 layers of PEX, did not fare any better than copper. Other supply materials, such as CPVC, will crack, and Polybutylene, which is freeze resistant, may survive but often the fittings will fail depending on the type used. Where should you look for vulnerable pipes?  Any supply piping that runs through an unconditioned space, such as an attic, a vented crawlspace, or a garage, is at risk.  Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation and exterior hose bibbs... read more

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Have a Fairfield home inspection question? Looking to buy or sell a house in the Fairfield County area? Looking to hire a repurable Home Inspection Company in Fairfield? Contact us today. We look forward to helping you throughout the important home inspection process.

Jeff Walsh

Long River Home Inspection, LLC of Fairfield

A home inspector serving Fairfield County and New Haven County in Connecticut

Home Inspection service serving Fairfield County, CT including these towns: Fairfield, Westport, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Easton, Wilton, Ridgefield, Stamford, New Canaan, Weston, Norwalk, Greenwich, CT


Also Serving New Haven County, CT including these towns: Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Branford, Cheshire, Derby, East Haven, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Naugatuck, New Haven, North Branford, North Haven, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Seymour, Southbury, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Wolcott, Woodbridge




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  • NACHI# 14071026
  • NRSB Radon Measurement Specialist # 13SS035
  • Infraspection Institute Level-1 Certified Infrared Thermographer #10346

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