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.
The exterior stucco on all homes is either hardcoat or synthetic. Both types of stucco have the ability to retain water and cause moisture levels to be 30% or higher beneath the surface of the stucco.
Synthetic stucco experiences more problems than hardcoat due to consistent improper installation by synthetic stucco installers. Our inspectors use Moisture Scanners and probe meters to determine the moisture level present beneath the surface of the exterior, and can tell you whether or not the stucco poses a threat to the life of your home. Our inspectors can also tell you how to maintain and care for your stucco.
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.