Standard Home Inspection
We’ll inspect the structure, systems, and components of the home – inside and out! From the roof to the foundation, we take our time and strive to give your home a thorough inspection.
We encourage you to attend your inspection, so that our inspector can describe the process, explain their findings, point out important maintenance items, and answer all of your questions.
As a Certified Professional Inspector (R) trained by interNACHI(R), our inspector substantially adheres to a comprehensive Residential Standards of Practice. To view the full Standards of Paractices, click here.
This means we will inspect all of the following, when visible and accessible:
The following services can be added to any home inpection or ordered standalone.
Because of the health issues associated with high radon, we believe a radon test is the most important item you should have performed in combination with your home inspection.
According to the Colorado Depaertment of Health, about 50% of homes in Colorado have high radon levels. Radon is a naturally occuring invisible and odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water. According the US EPA, radon is the second leading cause of lunger cancer behind smoking. The only way to know if your home has high level of radon is to have it tested.
The two minute video shown below is presented by the Boulder County Health Department and provides an overview of the causes of high radon and its’ health effects.
If you’re buying a home, we encourage to you to have a radon test conducted in combination with your home inspection. We use Continuous Radon Monitors from Breeze Radon Monitoring Systems. This solution allows us to:
- Monitor the progress of the test
- Be alerted if the unit has been moved or tampered with during the test
- Provide electonic results immediately following the conclusion of the test
To run a successfull short term test, “closed” home conditions need to be maintained for 12 hours prior to the beginning of the test and throughout the following 48 hour test duration. This means that windows should remain closed before and during test,that evaporative (or “swamp” coolers) should be turned off, air conditioning (if used) should be set to recycle conditioned air, and that doors should be not opened for more than a minute or two. We’ll place a radon testing device (shown in the picture above) in the lowest livable level of the home. The radon measurement unit samples the air during the 48 hour test period. At the conclusion of the test, you’ll be emailed the results of the test. A sample radon test report can be viewed here. Sample Radon Report
Sewer Scope Inspection
Because of the potential high cost of repairs, we believe having a video sewer scope inspection performed is the second most important item you should have in addition to your home inspection. Many out of state home buyers are unaware that in Colorado they may be responsible for sewer line repairs from the home to the city sewer main. These repairs can cost from thousands to tens of thousands of dollars. Having a sewer inspection can help you make a better informed decision regarding your home purchase and/or negotiate the cost of repairs as part of your home purchase. If you’re purchasing a condo or townhome, be sure to check with the HOA to understand what portion of the sewer line you may be responible for as they vary greatly.
We can coordinate a sewer scope inspection performed by one of our trusted third parties to take place during your home inspection.
Some helpful sewer line maintenance tips from our friends at Certified Sewer Inspections.
Cast Iron Pipes:
Cast Iron Pipes-Little Known Facts: Cast Iron Pipe is a pipe made predominantly from gray cast iron. It was historically used as a pressure
pipe for transmission of water, gas, and sewage, and as a water drainage pipe during the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Little cast iron
pipe is currently manufactured since ductile iron pipe is widely accepted as a superior product as is PVC. Many public utilities,
municipalities, and private industries still have functional cast iron pipes in service to this day. These cast iron pipes are likely to fail due to
expansive soils due and to the rigidness of the pipe. They will show their age in the scaling and corrosion along the pipe.
Clay Pipes-Little Known Facts: The first known example of when clay pipes were used for plumbing dates, back to 4000 BCE in Babylonia.
This is often considered the birthplace of urban plumbing. Clay remained a popular material for city plumbing and drainage systems through
the early 1900s. Manufacturing plants popped up in towns wherever there was a need for plumbing and an adequate supply of clay to use
as a raw material. With Clay sewer lines it is very common to see offset joints at the connections. Common causes for these offset are
expansive soils moving the pipe and another reason could also be questionable/ poor installation.
Please note: It is common for tree roots to enter the sewer line at the offset joints and it not necessarily indicating a need for repair,
however, would require periodic maintenance and cleaning every 1-3 years depending on the volume of use.
Specialty Household Items to Use:
If you notice a slow draining bathroom or kitchen sink it is recommended to use Green Gobbler to relieve the present buildup and is safe to
use for drain lines within the home.
Other General Guidelines:
Please limit the food you dispose of down the kitchen drain line, vegetable skins, fruit skins and seeds, coffee grounds, and eggshells as
those are some of the most common materials to cause major grease build up in your sewer lines. Cooking oils and grease should be
collected in a storage container and thrown away in the garbage after cooled.
To help maintain your garbage disposal it is recommended to run 1/2 cup of ice chips, cubes or shavings while the cold water is running and
the disposal turned on and running, doing so once a week will help remove grease and debris built up in the disposal, waste line, and the
blades of the disposal and will also help remove odors as well
To perform a self-purge you fill up all of the bathtubs in the home. When draining the bathtubs you flush all of the toilets in the home multiple
times. This creates a tidal wave like effect that helps push any debris stuck in the sewer line all the way to the city main. This should be
performed every 6-9 months.
Please avoid flushing down the drain any flushable wipes, baby wipes, and feminine hygiene products, regardless of what the manufacture
states on the label these products do not dissolve and can cause greater issues in the sewer line. To help with excess shampoos,
conditioners, soap, and hair clogging shower and bathtub drains, it is recommended to use a strainer made for showers/tubs to reduce the
amount of debris that can restrict proper drainage in the line.
Other Household Items:
Industrial strength cleaners, paint in (Large quantities), construction debris, and cleaning rags may cause build-up and restrict flow to the
city main. The items listed are some of the most commonly collected items in the sewer line. These create blockages and build-ups unless
removed by a professional cleaner.
We’ve teamed with Residential Warranty Service and are pleased to provide a limited warranty for the sewer line from your home to the city sewer main. Learn more in the brief video below.