HOME INSPECTIONS

Whether you are having the home of your dreams built or are a first time home buyer, I will work hard to make you feel like you are my only customer. I will be with you every step of the way right through closing & beyond.

Water Quality Testing – Sewer Line Inspection – Mold Testing
Infrared Thermal Imaging – Led Paint Testing – Air Quality Testing

All home inspections follow the InterNACHI Standards of Practice  and include thermal imaging to help identify water intrusion, air infiltration and missing insulation at no additional charge. Inspection fees are based on several factors and include the size and age of the home.

 

  • International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) member #18070810
  • Maine State Certified Private Septic Inspector #810
  • Maine State Certified Third Party Building Inspector #235
  • International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) for Mold and Radon #IAC2-09-3660
  • Member of Maine Building Officials and Inspectors Association (MBOIA)

Water Quality Testing

Basic Safety Drinking Water: Nitrate, Nitrite, Total Coliform Bacteria and E. coli Bacteria.

Extended Safety Drinking Water: Arsenic, Lead, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Total Hardness, pH, Fluoride,Chloride, Nitrate, Nitrate, Total Coliform Bacteria, E. coli Bacteria and Uranium.

Comprehensive Safety Drinking Water: Arsenic, Lead, Urainum, Antimony, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Magnesium, Calcium, Total Hardness, pH, Fluoride,Chloride, Sulfate, Nitrate, Nitrate, Total Coliform Bacteria and E. coli Bacteria.

Many other individual test are available as well.

 

Consumer’s Guide To Well And Water Quality

Sewer Line Inspection Scope

– House to city main sewer line scope with a full video copy of the inspection provided on USB.

 

 

Mold Testing

All mold testing is done in conjunction with a commercial grade moisture meter and Flir E8 infrared camera.  Since mold is not able to grow in the absence of water, I get to the root cause of the mold by investigating where the source of water is coming from.  The moisture meter can detect the presence of water or moisture in places that we can see and the infrared camera is able to detect the presence of water behind walls and under floors.  Once the source of water is corrected a mold remediation contractor will be able to remove the mold.  Confirmation of the presence of mold will be accomplished with swab or tape slide test kits and sent to a certified lab for analysis.  Air sample tests are available for the entire house or a specific room.  Air samples can also be taken within a wall or ceiling cavity to determine the presence of mold with just a 1/4-inch hole in the drywall.  International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2) for Mold and Radon #IAC2-09-3660  

I was once approached by a home owner who had experienced a broken water pipe.  Her insurance company came out to appraise the damages and offered her a payment of $1300 to make repairs to the home.  She thought she would get a second opinion and I was called to conduct the inspection.  I utilized a thermal camera for my inspection and found several other areas where the water had reached.  The insurance inspector was doing the best visual inspection he could accomplish with the tools he had available, however he could not see inside wall cavities and missed additional damage.  Bottom line, the home owner went back to her insurance company armed with my report and was able to get additional funds to repair the areas missed earlier.

 

Infrared Thermal Imaging Certified

Lead Paint and Air Quality Testing

Lead testing and sampling available.

If you are looking to purchase a home built prior to 1978 you will likely find lead in the paint.  According to the EPA lead can seriously effect the development of young children and cause other serious health issues.  The EPA produced a pamphlet named Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home (PDF) and can be downloaded for your review and information.

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