Homewood Inspections is even with you at the time of the final walk-through. This will assure you:
- All repairs as you requested is completed and is done to your satisfaction.
- A second look at you home you are buying. Sometimes during an inspection certain parts of the home is accessible due to storage, parked cars in the garage, or just ordinary items found throughout the home such as furniture.
- Components you wish to be tested again, such as the heating or air condition units.
- Additional questions you may have about the home. An example might be in case of emergency, where is the main electrical shut off switch to the furnace located?
Where there is no city sewer, an on-site disposal system is needed to get rid of the wastewater from the home. For health reason, the wastewater should never run out into the ground, or just be dumped into a stream or lake. All wastewater must be treated before disposing of them. The simplest method is to install an on-site (septic) system.
If properly designed, constructed and maintained your septic system can provide many years of effective disposal and treatment of wastewater from your home. If your septic system is not maintained, you might need to replace /repair/correct it, costing you thousand of dollars in engineering fees and construction cost. A malfunctioning system can also contaminate groundwater and soil around your home. If you sell your home, your septic system needs be in good working order. and well maintained.
Some ways to maintain you septic systemcan include but not limited to:
•Inspect your system and pump out your tank annually. Generally every 3 to 5 years depending on the size and type of your system. Consult with septic contractor for further information and recommendations. •Use water efficiently. •Do not dispose of household hazardous waste or chemical in sinks or toilets into the system. •Take care for your system. Never drive or leave any vehicles over the septic system . This will compact the soil could damage and/or crush the system. •Plant only grass over and near you system. Tree and shrubs roots might damage, clog the system. •Keep any roof drains, basement sump pumps and other rainwater or surface water drainage systems away from the leaching fields. Flooding of this area might slow down or stop the treatment process and can cause plumbing fixtures to back up into your home.
There four basic components of your on-site (septic) system. They are the following:
1) A house sewer line which carries the waste from the home to the septic tank
2) The septic tank. This tank stores the waste material and disposes the liquids into the leaching system
3) The distribution box (commonly called a “d-box”) which is used to uniformly distribute effluent throughout the leaching system
4) The leaching field. This field consist of a pipes, trenches, leaching pits, beds or galleries which help purify the effluent by filtration through the surrounding soil.
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas and is odorless and tasteless. It may be in your well water. Well High level of radon can be found anywhere and have been found in Connecticut.
Exposure to radon in the long term may increases your risk of developing lung cancer and other diseases.
As per the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes more cancer deaths than any other single pollutant except tobacco related smoke.
Radon is a gas that moves easily through rock and soil and into the air. Outdoors, radon levels are usually low. In an enclosed space such a basement or crawl space of your home, radon can increase to high and dangerous levels. Long-term exposure can increases your risk of your getting cancer.
Radon gas can enter into your home through a numbered of ways. Cracks in foundations and block walls, sump pumps, drains, etc.. It can also be released into the air by running the water at faucets and showers if the source of water.
Radon in air and water can easily be measured, but the only way to know if you have high levels of radon is to test.
Wood Destroying Insect Inspection
Wood destroying type insects are a common problem with home. They can structural damage to home. To help prevent this a professional licensed pest controll person can perform a wood destroying insect (WDI) inspection to determine if any of these type of insects are currently present in your home,. The potential for such damage to homes can be so great, most banks and lending institutions may require a WDI inspection be performed prior to approving a mortgage or closing on a home.
Main beam eaten away by insects
Water Flow and Pressure Testing
Mold growing under a window
Termites are difficult to detect. They live in the soil and only enter the structure to feed. Termites prefer not to be exposed to light or dry air. They eat within the wood. Homeowners may not be aware of their presence in their home
Carpenter ants can occur in any home. They are generally drawn in by favorable conditions such as damp and decayed wood.
Another type of wood destroying insect is the powder post beetles. They are primarily a pest to older homes.
You can make your home less attactive to wood destroying insects. Here are some ways to protect your home against wood destroying insects.
- Keep gutters and downspouts clean and in good repair and free of clogs.Use splash blocks or other devices to keep water away from the home..
- Keeps your house wood framing clean and dry. Keep leaves, tree branches and other such debris away from the foundation of the home.
- Keep all shrubs/bushes away from the foundation of the home
- Eliminate any standing water.
- Maintain a good ventilation to any crawl spaces.
- Repair/correct any leaking plumbing or any drainage system around and in your home.
- Remove any type of wood (scrap lumber, wood type materials, firewood, tree stumps, etc.) around your home. Stack firewood off the ground and far away from the home. .
- Remove or seal up any wood to soil ground contact around the home. Some example might be basement window trim and frames, flower planters, etc.
Taking these precautions and with monitoring/inspection annually by a license pest control person will help prevent insect damage.
Testing your flow and pressure of your water supply will help you in the use of your water needs. You will know when to run you heavy demands of water (washing clothes, showers, etc) or if you need add additional well or water source to run certain items such as your irrigation system.
This test will establish gallons per minute (GPM) and pounds per square inch (PSI). Normal pressure should be maintained at approximately 3-5 GPM and 40-60 PSI.
For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. - Heb. 3:4
Note: Due to the lack of regulations and the lack of demand for this service, Homewood Inspections has temporary suspended offering mold inspections services.
Home and Commercial Inspections
Architectural and Civil Graphics
- Every need to hire a contractor to work at your home but you can't be there?
- Did the contractor you hire use the correct materials as specified by the architect or engineer?
Homewood Inspections can monitor these type of repairs. We bring the experience and knowledge you need in times like these
Bi-yearly Home Monitoring
As always inspection/monitoring is your best defense. Major repairs that need to perform on you home can be brought to light. This way saving up financially can be done before they are needed.
You may not have the time to thoroughly inspect your home. So call today to get your bi-yearly home monitoring/inspection .