ADDITIONAL SERVICES

Wood Destroying Organism (WDO/TERMITE) Inspection- A Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Inspection Report is a written report of an inspection on a home for visible and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying organisms. Usually this means subterranean or dry wood termites, but will also cover wood destroying beetles and wood destroying fungi. A complete Home Inspection should include a WDO inspection by a qualified contractor. This is performed by a local professional contractor at the time of the home inspection. A must as part of your Home Inspection.

 

Sewer Scope- A sewer scope is a video inspection of the lateral sewer line leading from the house at/near the foundation and connecting to the city or HOA tap or septic tank. A lateral sewer line is the privately-owned pipeline connecting the property to the publicly-owned main sewer line, HOA tap, or septic tank. Sewer-scoping the line can reveal blockages, damage to the pipe system, and other problems, which are vital for homeowners and home buyers to be aware of. This is performed by a local professional contractor at the time of the home inspection. Highly recommended.

 

Pool/Spa Inspection- A visual inspection of the Pool/Spa/Hot Tub only. The Inspection shall be performed in accordance with the Standard of Practice of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), for Swimming Pools/Spas/Hot Tubs and where applicable, any State or Provincial specific standards. This is neither a code-compliance inspection nor a By-law compliance inspection. The Inspector will conduct a Visual Inspection from the deck of Pool/Spa/Hot Tub of all accessible mechanical equipment, plumbing, lighting, drainage around Pool/Spa, fencing and gating in regard to their intended function and observable physical condition. The Inspector, weather and conditions permitting, will functionally operate any accessible user controls.

 

Radon Testing- The EPA recommends that all houses, regardless of what radon zone the house is located in, be tested for radon during point of sale. The most common procedure for radon testing during real estate transactions is for the potential buyer to request the radon test as part of the overall home inspection. If the radon test is 4 pCi/L or greater, the EPA recommends the potential buyer negotiate with the seller to have a radon mitigation system installed with the stated goal of bringing the radon level in the home below 4 pCi/L. We are certified through the National Radon Proficiency Program and registered with the State of California.

 

Mold Testing- Sampling of the air to determine mold levels using Air-O-Cell and a laboratory to process and provide the results. The Air-O-Cell TM Air Sampling cassette is a sampling device designed for the rapid collection and analysis of a wide range of airborne aerosols. These include fungal spores, pollen, insect parts, skin cell fragments, fibers, and inorganic particulates. Air enters the cassette, the particles become impacted on the sampling substrate, and the air leaves through the exit orifice. The airflow and patented cassette housing is designed in such a way that the particles are distributed and deposited equally on a special glass slide contained in the cassette housing called the “trace.”

Benefits people with sensitivity to molds or that have immune deficiencies. Useful for initial site testing prior to closing, especially if fungal growth is not visible. Quick and simple procedure with fast turnaround times, overnight shipping and 24 hour turnaround from the laboratory.

 

Water Testing- Water sample is based upon the FHA & VA minimum panel for drinking water contaminants. Accordingly, your drinking water samples will be analyzed for Total Coliform, E. coli, Lead, Nitrate, Nitrite, and Turbidity plus Iron, Manganese, and pH. The corresponding informational water quality testing report will be issued within two business days of sample receipt which is sent overnight and will compare your sample results to national standards that are defined within the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Primary and Secondary Drinking Water Regulations. Federal public health goals as well as state, county, municipal, and local health department regulations may recommend stricter standards for the same target contaminants. Therefore, these test results are intended to be used for informational purposes only and are not intended to be used for state or regulatory compliance. We also provide the most recent City Water Quality Report for comparison.

 

Home Energy Score- Developed by the Department of Energy and its national laboratories, the Home Energy Score provides home owners, buyers, and renters directly comparable and credible information about a home’s energy use. Like a miles-per-gallon rating for a car, the Home Energy Score is based on a standard assessment of energy-related assets to easily compare energy use across the housing market. The Home Energy Score Report estimates home energy use, associated costs, and provides energy solutions to cost-effectively improve the home’s efficiency. Each Home Energy Score is shown on a simple one-to-ten scale, where a ten represents the most efficient homes. Use the Home Energy Score Interactive Label to explore some of the information provided. DOE-trained Home Energy Score Assessors can provide the Home Energy Score within an energy audit, home inspection package, or as a standalone product.

 

Bed Bug Testing- Bed bugs are a type of insect that feed on human blood, usually at night. Their bites can result in a number of health impacts including skin rashes, psychological effects and allergic symptoms. Bed bug bites may lead to skin changes ranging from invisible, to small areas of redness, to prominent blisters. Symptoms may take between minutes to days to appear and itchiness is generally present. Some may feel tired or have a fever. Typically, uncovered areas of the body are affected and often three bites occur in a row. Bed bugs bites are not known to transmit any infectious disease. Complications may rarely include areas of dead skin or vasculitis. Bed bugs are commonly found in movie theaters, hotels, schools, offices, retail stores, public transportation and our homes. We will pull dust samples from common and suspect areas and overnight to the laboratory with a 2 day turnaround on results. DNA testing is done to identify any presence of bed bugs.

 

Methamphetamine Testing- Chemicals commonly used in the production of methamphetamine include flammable and volatile solvents such as methanol, ether, benzene, methylene chloride and trichloroethane. Other chemicals may include muriatic acid, sodium hydroxide, table salt and ammonia. Many of these same toxic chemicals can easily contaminate carpeting, wallboard, ceiling tiles, furniture and fabrics that absorb spilled or vaporized chemicals. People, and especially children, living in homes once used as clandestine methamphetamine laboratories can be exposed to these dangers left behind by chemicals residues in the property. Many of these chemicals can remain a hazard long after the property was used to produce meth. Samples will be taken of common and suspect areas and overnighted to the laboratory with a 2 day turnaround time.