The following items may also be a part of your inspection needs and should be considered:
- Well Inspection/Water Testing
- Septic Inspections
- Radon Testing
- Pest Inspections
- Mold testing
- Lead, Asbestos, and other environmental concerns
Well Inspection/Water testing
A properly installed and dependable onsite well water system is often taken for granted. We can inspect your well and pumping equipment for any potential problems or functional concerns. We also take a water sample which is tested in an independent, state-certified lab for bacteria, nitrates, and nitrites. We can also test the water for arsenic, lead, chlorine, copper, fluoride, iron, or sodium at your request (fees apply).
An onsite wastewater system may be the most expensive component of the home, and we cannot even see it. We willl locate your septic tank, uncover the tank lid, and inspect the tank for damage or signs of failure, and check the system for proper design. We also probe the septic field to determine its location and proximity to trees, water, or other concerns. The system is then flood tested with a tracer dye to identify potentially hazardous conditions or functional failures.
From the EPA website:
"Radon is a radioactive gas that has been found in homes all over the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Radon can also enter your home through well water. Your home can trap radon inside.
Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. In fact, you and your family are most likely to get your greatest radiation exposure at home. That is where you spend most of your time.
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the United States is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more). Elevated levels of radon gas have been found in homes in your state. Contact your state radon office for information about radon in your area.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon."
Our company provides a short-term test in accordance with EPA guidelines. The test results are provided by Air Chek, Inc., a NELAC-accredited laboratory.
In order to provide you the best information possible, our pest inspections are performed by a third party. The pest inspector is a certified pest control specialist with more than 20 years experience.
Although our home inspection would report any visible signs of mold growth or concerns of excessive moisture, we do not currently provide testing for mold.
Lead, Asbestos, and other environmental concerns
Sherlock Home Inspectors, Inc. does not perform any type of environmental testing. Your local health department has an environmental health division which can answer your questions regarding these issues and can provide testing in some cases. They also keep a list of licensed testing and remediation companies for an assortment of concerns.