Huron Inspections LLC conducts thorough inspections using extensive training, a strong work ethic, integrity, and some of the best technologies available.
We perform a very thorough investigation to identify issues, however, we can only address those items we can observe. There are limitations, for instance, we cannot move all the current homeowner's furniture or tear into their drywall and ceilings. There are times some of the spaces within the home have limited access or are not safe to enter or get on. Things like finished basements and cathedral ceilings can hamper our ability to observe portions of the structure.
Infrared thermal imaging cameras are employed to better see "the unseen" such as moisture, overheating electrical components, lack of insulation, and potential heat loss areas to name a few.
The following description of what we typically do during a home inspection is by no means exhaustive but rather to give you a better understanding of what we will be looking at in your new home.
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Exterior Home Inspection
We start by scanning the roof with a drone whenever possible to do the initial investigation. If the roof is in good condition we take pictures and sometimes video with the drone. If there are issues that can not be clearly seen via the drone we will go on the roof for a closer look when conditions are acceptable.
We are looking for the type of roofing material, the overall condition, missing shingles, nail "pops", hail damage, wind damage and proper installation of the flashings & roof penetrations. Looking for sagging or other signs of structural issues to be further evaluated through the attic inspections. Where there is a chimney, the chimney cap, bird cage, condition, and flashings are all checked. The drip edge is investigated as well for proper installation if visible and We are looking for multiple shingle layers as this is not ideal.
We also look at the condition of the soffit, fascia and the rakes that go up the gable end. While investigating the roof gutters are evaluated as well.
When looking at the siding we are looking at the components of the siding for material, overall condition, gaps, holes, cracks to ensure the envelope is entact. We look at the penetrations to ensure the openings are properly sealed and have flashing where needed.
Decks and Porches
Decks are more important than we usually realize. When improperly installed, a deck (especially over a walkout basement or on the second story), can be very dangerous.
We are looking at the structure for proper nailing (or preferably screwing), lagging where needed, proper flashing, correct footings, required structural support and hangers and proper baluster spacing.
We also check for railings, step rise and tread depth for safety.
The grounds portion of the inspection is important as we are looking for proper sloping away from the home. Improper sloping can contribute to water intrusion in the foundation.
The sidewalks, drives, and patios are also evaluated for cracks and unevenness. Landscaping is investigated to ensure that it is not against the home. We recommend all tree limbs be trimmed back 10ft.
Downspouts are checked for proper spill pads and or extensions so that the water is kept at the proper distance from the foundation.
Spigots are checked for operation as well.
The heating system is started to see that it starts properly. Because there are so many types of heating systems we will not go into all the details of the assessment but the overall operation and safety of the heating system in the home is assessed. We check for carbon monoxide, gas leaks, assess filters, look at the flue and the humidification system.
We also check the condensate system to ensure it has been maintained and is operating properly.
The electrical panel is assessed for proper wire configuration, labeling, correct breakers and wire use, overheating components and proper cover installation.
The electrical inspection on the main floors consists of checking the outlets to make sure that they are wired correctly, assessing the light fixtures and fans to make sure that they operate. The GFCI outlets in the kitchen and bathrooms are evaluated. The GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) is an important electrical component to protect you and your family in the home when using these outlets around water.
Plumbing and Fixtures
As we inspect the plumbing we are making sure that the drains are of adequate size and that they are accurately pitched for proper draining. We are also checking the material to make sure that they are like kinds material, not PVC connected to ABS. We assess for water leaks along exposed drains and supply runs from the basement.
We run all faucets and fixtures to assess for leakage, proper traps, and adequate water pressure.
We further evaluate for water leaks using infrared thermal imaging. Many times water leaks that are unseen by the naked eye can be visualized with the aid of thermal imaging.
Sewer line issues can be investigated for blockage and problems with our sewer line video inspection.
Water testing is available to ensure that your drinking water is clean and safe for use.
We assess the overall condition of the counter-tops and the cabinets. We look for cabinets that do not open or shut correctly and counter-tops that are cracked. The dishwasher is run to look for leaks. The stove is checked to see that the burners turn on and if the oven works. We do run the garbage disposal if they home
The dishwasher is run to look for leaks. The stove is checked to see that the burners turn on and if the oven works. We run the garbage disposal if they home has one.
The sink is run to check for water flow, proper drainage, and make sure there are working stoppers.
GFCI is checked to make sure they are present and working properly for safety.
We assess the overall condition of the counter-tops and the cabinets. We look for cabinets that do not open or shut correctly and counter-tops that are cracked. Sinks and tubs are run to check water flow, drainage, and proper drain stops are present. GFCI's are checked to make sure it is present and in working condition for safety. Tiles are assessed for soundness and good grout and sealing.
Sinks and tubs are run to check water flow, drainage, and proper drain stops are present. GFCI's are checked to make sure it is present and in working condition for safety. Tiles are assessed for soundness and good grout and sealing.
GFCI's are checked to make sure they are present and in working condition for safety. Tiles are assessed for soundness and good grout and sealing.
Tiles are assessed for soundness, proper grouting, and sealing.
The attic is inspected for proper insulation, correct structure, exposed electrical lines and connections, proper ventilation. We also check for signs of leaking. Moisture intrusion in the attic can lead to mold and damage to structural integrity.