Neighborhood Environmental Report
The Neighborhood Environmental Report is a detailed analysis the area near your home. Compiled from over 1400 sources, this extensive report lists confirmed environmental hazards and those currently under investigation. These include hazardous waste sites, drug labs, radioactive material, hazardous substance release, emergency response notification sites, brownfields, superfunds, leaks, spills, investigations, and cleanups. If you are ordering a home inspection and may want this report please let us know. We will be glad to discuss it further and/or provide you with a sample report.
Infrared Thermal Surveys
Infrared Thermal Surveys can be used to find areas of moisture intrusion, damaged HVAC ducts, unsealed window glass, missing insulation, broken radiant heat systems, leaking water pipes, improperly wired outlets, cracks in hazardous exhaust systems, roof leaks, hidden cracks in walls, overheating electrical panels, air gaps, on exterior walls and more.
Thermography is used in many industries including medical, defense, and manufacturing. Imaging equipment in general is used similarly insomuch as temperature differentials are observed and sometimes measured. The quality of imaging equipment and images produced varies greatly even with industries. The brand and model of cameras we have is the most advanced of those used in the home inspection industry.
The survey begins with a detailed examination of the home. Mechanical systems, structural components, floor plan, building materials, roofs, fireplaces chimneys, foundation, windows, doors, grading, drainage and information relative to how all of these fit together in the specific home are taken into account.
Then comes an extensive preparation of the heating, air conditioning, ventilation, exhaust, air flow and other systems throughout the home. Conditions throughout the entire house must be shaped in order to allow for the best infrared thermal survey possible. These may vary seasonally and from house to house.
The third step is a methodical, foot by foot, top to bottom scan of the home. Constant technical adjustments are made in order to uncover various ranges of major and minor temperature differentials. Deciphering and making judgement calls on what the photos actually means is what separates the professionals from the picture takers.
Once the data is collected a report will be complied with our findings. It will show detailed imaging along with an analysis of home conditions and further suggestions for improvements.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspections & Reports
The Veterans Administration requires WDI insect inspections and reports for home loans in some parts of Michigan. These include Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, St. Clair, Livingston, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties in the Detroit area. Please let us know if you are applying for a VA home loan when you schedule your Home Inspection.
Water quality is a major concern of most homeowners. People want to make sure the water they are drinking is safe for consumption. Many contaminants contribute to poor water quality. Sometimes, the source of contamination is simply a natural occurrence in the environment. Rocks containing contaminants such as lead, arsenic, and nitrates can contribute to unsafe levels in the water and can only be identified through testing water. Other times, the source may be man-made, such as a failed septic tank, waste from households or industry, or lawn and home pesticides.