Residential Home Inspections
The Inspection Report
Complete Home Inspections
A complete home inspection is conducted upon completion of the home, and is generally before the contract between buyer and seller is finalized. On new construction, it is recommended that the inspection be conducted just before the walk-through with the builder. Our inspector, armed with the most advanced inspecting equipment, performs a complete structural and mechanical analysis, carefully inspecting each of the following:
Exterior: siding, trim, exterior doors, windows, gutters, downspouts, deck, landings, sidewalks, driveway, chimney, crawl space, foundation, and roof.
Interior: interior doors, floors, walls, ceilings, windows, kitchen appliances, attic, attic ventilation, attic insulation, basement structure, and foundation.
Plumbing: water heater, piping, venting, toilets, tubs, showers, and sinks.
Electrical: main service cable, service rating, main panel box, main disconnect, all visible wiring, wall outlets, GFCIs, light fixtures, and switches.
HVAC: heating unit, cooling unit, supply and return ducts, room registers, returns, and filters.
Our inspections are conducted according to the ASHI Standards of Practice.
All of our regular inspections come with RecallChek and Warranty coverage. To learn more, see our Warranties page.
Pool and Spa Inspections
Once you have a home inspection done, we are available to come back at a reduced rate to make sure the repairs were properly made. This helps you to ascertain that items noted in the inspection report were repaired correctly and according to current codes.
Reinspections help you to further protect your investment and your home from future damage resulting from improper repairs.
Duct and Envelope Tightness (DET) Verification
The tightness of the building’s envelope is tested by using a blower door. The apparatus is set up in an exterior doorway, with all exterior doors and windows closed, and all interior doors opened. The home is then depressurized to -50 Paschals, and the amount of leakage is recorded (CFM@50). By using the volume of the home, the ACH@50 is then calculated, and the home passes the code requirement if the ACH@50 is less than 7.
Additionally, the HVAC ducts are tested at the rough-in stage for total leakage (must be less than 6 CFM leakage per 100 sq. ft. for the system to pass), or the duct leakage outside of the building’s conditioned area is tested at the completion of construction (must be less than 8 CFM per 100 sq. ft. for the system to pass). There are several testing methods; the test method performed by GHIS is by using a Duct Blaster along with the blower door post-construction, testing the duct leakage to the outdoors.
Wood Infestation Report
Sewer Line Inspections
A Sewer/Septic pipe inspection is a very important aspect of a home evaluation. Problems with sewer and septic pipes can be very costly and often lay undetected until it’s too late. We offer affordable sewer line inspections to check the condition of sewage and septic lines which can be corroded, root-intruded, separated, damaged or blocked due to obstructions.
The inspection will detect any buried drain line defects from the house to the final service point (septic tank or street connection). Our inspectors are highly trained using the industry’s best underground equipment to provide a professional report for your Sewer/Septic lines. Call our office for your Sewer/Septic pipe inspection today!