> General Home Inspection
> Individual Element Inspection
> EIFS Inspection
> Radon Testing
> Well Inspection
> Water Potability Testing
> Water Element Testing
> Septic Inspection
> Mold Sampling
General Home Inspection
The most popular service we offer, a general home inspection is a comprehensive and detailed evaluation of the visible and accessible major elements of the home, performed in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Inspection time is usually 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Attending the inspection is a great visual and hands on learning experience for first time and veteran buyers. Clients receive a combination checklist and narrative report at the conclusion of the inspection. The report includes 28 pages of detailed information on condition of components, description of construction materials and methods, and provides insight into the strengths and vulnerabilities of the home. A spare copy is provided for distribution to lender, attorney, or agent.
Individual Element Inspection
Occasionally, a lender may require a single element be evaluated prior to closing. We can provide quick service to inspect a roof, foundation, electrical panel, etc. and fax or e-mail to the client, agent or lender to expedite the transaction.
The best way to get an unbiased, accurate evaluation of the EIFS cladding on your home is to have a qualified third party inspector test for moisture in the substrate behind the cladding.Phillip Wells has been certified by the Exterior Design Institute
and Moisture Warranty Corporation to perform EIFS inspections according to protocol they developed to evaluate the condition and performance of the cladding. Read more about our EIFS Inspections
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. It is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. The National Academy of Sciences estimates that radon causes between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. The Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation Committee concludes that after smoking, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer deaths in the U.S.
We can provide continuous 48-hour radon monitoring in accordance with EPA protocol for real estate transactions. All monitors equipped with tamper resistant features to ensure accuracy. Test results are available immediately at the end of the monitoring session. Verbal results are delivered to client / agent immediately. Written report is mailed or fax to client / agent as needed.
More info on radon at:
:: Environmental Protection Agency ::
In conjunction with a general inspection, we can provide a cursory evaluation of the private water system on-site. This includes drawing a measured volume of water to check flow rate and cycle time of well pump, if applicable. A visual inspection is made of well casing, pressure tank and accessible equipment.
Water Potability Testing
Potability testing is a checking for the presence of the most common bacteria found in private water sources (Coliform, E-coli, & Fecal coliform). A water sample from the subject property is delivered to EPA approved lab for analysis. Results are generally available from lab in 24 to 48 hours and are forwarded to client immediately upon receipt.
Water Element Testing
Sometimes required by lender, water element testing involves gathering water samples in specially treated bottles supplied and analyzed by an EPA approved laboratory for the presence of lead, nitrates, and nitrites. Again, results are generally available from the lab in 24 to 48 hours and are forwarded immediately to client.
Generally performed in conjunction with a well test, this is a non-invasive functional flow test of the on-site sewage system. A tracer dye and a measured volume of water is applied to the system to check for signs of backup, surface water bleed out or severe odors to that may indicate system failure or need for remedial action by septic specialist. Some lenders may require that septic testing be performed by local health department officials. Check on this before scheduling your test. Technically exhaustive testing would require the services of a septic contractor / installer.
Peak Home Inspection Services does not claim to be a specialist in mold or fungal identification. Nor do we engage in any form of mold or fungal remediation or clean up.
We can, at the client's request, take a sample of a visible mold or fungus, via swab or air sample collection to send to an EPA approved laboratory for identification and recommendations for appropriate action. Remediation specialists are recommended if certain types or significant amounts of mold are present, particularly if the client or occupants have severe allergy problems or compromised immune systems.
Mold requires moisture and an organic food source to survive. During the home inspection we attempt to identify the source and level of moisture activity that may be causing fungal growth, with the hopes that repairing the moisture problem will prevent future mold issues.
More info on mold at:
:: The Environmental Protection Agency ::
:: Centers for Disease Control of and Prevention ::