Wood-Destroying Organisms (WDO, a.k.a. WDI and Termites)
This is often referred to as a Termite Inspection. Truth is there are many pests in the Wood Destroying Organisms category that can compromise the structure of your home. Subterranean termites normally cause the greatest structural damage, but carpenter ants, carpenter bees and fungi can also cause significant damage.
Our WDO inspections are thorough so you know your home is safe from invasive pests. We inspect basements, crawl spaces, attics, the perimeter of the house, and attached decks, looking for signs of active or previous infestations or treatments. We check sill plates, floor joists, roof rafters and any wood close to soil contact, particularly where moisture is present.
Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas which the EPA identified as causing lung cancer. You don’t know if there is a radon problem until you test for it.
But if you are buying a home that is still occupied by the sellers, how do you know you get accurate radon test results? Sellers often try to compromise radon tests to avoid the cost of remediation if radon levels exceed limits. They do that by opening windows or moving the test device outside to get false low readings. When radon testers use cheap testing equipment that is easily defeated, you pay for a false test. Worse, you might trust you are safe from radon when you may not be.
To ensure you get a reliable test, I use expensive tamper-resistant electronic monitors which record device movement with tilt and gyroscopic sensors. I record temperature and humidity readings then compare device data with local weather logs from NOAA for any signs of tampering. I produce a chart with the Radon levels for the entire duration. Tests run for a minimum of 48 hours. Results are available shortly after test is concluded.
Certification: Pennsylvania Dept of Environmental Protection mandates certification and regulates compliance. My Radon Tester certification # is 3253.
Pre-listing Inspection (Seller Inspection)
If you are selling a home, consider a Pre-listing inspection before putting your home on the market to demonstrate you are in full compliance with disclosure requirements. This allows you to catch issues upstream to eliminate time constraints of inspection contingencies. Furthermore, you get to pick the contractors instead of the prospective purchaser.
When all issues are resolved and you have a clean report, use it as your marketing collateral. Distribute copies of the report during home tours to boost potential buyers’ confidence that the home is safe and sound. You can price your home with confidence and more than recoup this small investment.
Thermal imaging using infrared spectrum is advanced technology that allows me to uncover things about homes that can’t be seen using conventional inspection methods, such as:
- overheating in electric panels
- faulty wiring, breakers, and fuses
- moisture behind walls and ceilings (breeding ground for mold)
- inadequate insulation
- leaks in ducting
- ventilation issues like blocked dryer ducts.
We offer thermal imaging as an extension to our standard home inspections. The principal benefits are to determine places of energy loss which costs you money now, and revealing water intrusion which will cost money later on.
New Home Warranty
If you recently purchased a new home from a builder and the one-year builder warranty is about to expire, a professional home inspection will let you know whether there are areas to address before the warranty expires. Slow roof leaks often take years to manifest as visible leaks on the interior.
If we have previously inspected your home and recommended repairs that have since been professionally corrected, then call for a re-inspection so we can verify if the repairs were done properly. This inspection will be limited to the specific defect(s) addressed and will be at a minimal fee.
“My wife and I are not very handy people. We put a lot of faith into our inspector. Edwin was able to not only point out all the areas that were concerns but also help to advise us with possible solutions. His thorough inspection involved everything under the roof and more. All valves were turned, switches flipped, and appliances run. The whole inspection took about 2 hours and we couldn’t have been happier! I highly recommend Edwin, and trust his advice on all home topics.”