Long River home inspections meet, and in many cases exceed, state and industry standards. There are a variety of tools and procedures used to inspect the following:
Covers the structure of the building in terms of materials used and type of construction. Foundation type, framing materials, and other significant sub-components are noted. The inspector also checks for both minor and major problems in the foundation, floor, wall, ceiling, and roof framing.
This consists of an inspection of the siding, flashing, and trim. Covers all exterior doors. It is also an inspection of attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings. Inspect the eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible. Vegetation, grading of the property, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building are inspected and necessary improvements recommended. Entryway walkways, patios, and driveways are checked for voids, surface problems and safety hazards.
The roof (where safe and appropriate) is walked to inspect roofing materials, roof drainage systems, flashing, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. Every effort is made to get onto the roof, however if due to inclement weather, pitch, height, or condition of materials, it is not safe to walk the roof, it will be inspected from the edge and/or ground.
The piping, fixtures, and faucets throughout the house, including drain, waste, and vent systems, are inspected. They are screened for unsanitary conditions and potential repairs, freeze vulnerability, or spillage/overflow. Water heating equipment, vent systems, flues, and chimneys are inspected. We inspect fuel storage and fuel distribution systems.
The electrical system including service drop, service entrance conductors, service equipment, service grounding, and main disconnects are inspected. Identification of the amperage and voltage rating of the service, wiring methods, and the location of main disconnect(s) and sub panels. Also inspected are the interior components of service panels and sub panels, conductors, overcurrent protection devices, ground fault circuit interrupters, and a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles.
Heating and Air Conditioning
The inspector assesses the condition of the existing equipment, and by considering the age of the equipment and its intended capacity, approximates the life expectancy and recommends appropriate repairs an upgrades. Inspects vent systems, flues, chimneys and identifies the energy source.
Walls, floors and ceiling surfaces are scanned for problematic conditions and visible evidence of water penetration. Steps, stairways and railings are inspected. We inspect countertops, cabinets, doors, and windows. Inspection of garage doors and garage door openers. Washing machines, clothes dryers, ranges, refrigerator/freezers, dishwashers, disposals, and built-in microwaves are operated and deficiencies noted.
Insulation and Ventilation
Inspection of the insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, the ventilation of attics and foundation areas (when accessible). Identification of any absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces.