Radon Gas Inspection
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that seeps up from under the ground and enters your home. Radon exists everywhere, but when it becomes trapped and accumulates in your house, the radon gas causes lung cancer at a rate second only to tobacco use.
Colorado as a state is much more susceptible to large accumulations of radon because our soil is rocky, and radon can easily flow through the cracks. New homes are required to have a radon mitigation system or structure in place to protect the occupants, but sometimes those systems and structures can fail.
A 48-hour radon test helps to establish a baseline to help determine if a more extensive test is necessary. If a dangerous level of radon is detected, a seven-day test is recommended prior to installing any mitigation systems.
Thermal Imaging Inspection
Every home inspection done by Two Moose Home Inspections includes thermal imaging because the human eye can’t see everything.
Thermal cameras can see heat and they are engineered to clearly show differences in heat. House fires can be cause by overloaded circuit breakers or power strips hooked up to each other. A thermal camera can detect differences in temperature, which may help to prevent fires.
Additionally, if there is insulation missing in a section of the attic, a thermal camera can see the difference in heat between areas that are and are not insulated. Finding these types of issues early can help you save thousands of dollars on your electrical bill through the life of your home.
Water Quality Testing
Water is the most important natural resource that many people source from their own private wells. If you have well water, Two Moose Home Inspections can sample your water and have it tested for you.
A novel could be written about all of the different types and ways that our water sources can become contaminated. Water tests can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars and the level of detail is astonishing. At Two Moose Home Inspections we want to give you peace of mind that your water is safe for you and your children to drink. If you would like to have your water tested, we offer three levels of water testing.
Water Quantity / Flow Testing
Some water wells have a very low yield and can only support a short use of water before losing pressure and flow. There are many remedies to fix water wells with an insignificant flow, but that is most definitely something that you would want to find out prior to the final closing and price negotiations are complete.
Two Moose Home Inspections has the tools required to test the flow and pressure of your well water system. The water quantity and flow test takes about two hours and can be done while the rest of the home inspection takes place.
New Construction Staged Inspection
If you are having a new house built, you may want to have an inspector who reports directly to you verifying the work that is being done. A code inspector only reports code violations that a general contractor needs to change, and your general contractor is not required to relay that detailed information to you. Although I am not a code inspector I am well versed in the construction of homes and their systems.
Staged inspections can be placed on any schedule that you would prefer from weekly to monthly or after the completion of each major stage of the construction. This type of inspection can help find issues that otherwise would cost you thousands of dollars to repair.
For example, a home in Silverthorne passed its code inspection and was given a seal of approval, but the shingles and drip edges were improperly installed, and the resulting water intrusion eventually became a mold issue that cost close to $20,000 to repair. If the issue can be caught before the construction warranty expires the expense goes to the builder and not the home owner.
New Construction Inspection
Many builders offer a warranty for new construction. If your house was recently built, you may want to have an inspection to ensure that there are not any defects that may cause issues down the line. A new construction Inspection will allow you to catch defects and have them repaired by your builder while your new construction is under warranty.
11 Month Inspection
When a new house is built many builders offer a one-year warranty to cover defects. The 11-month inspection can help to spot defects prior to the end of your house’s warranty period.
Without this type of inspection your warranty may come and go, and small defects could turn into major issues later down the line at your expense.
Some small defects take time to mature into a major issue. After 11 months of use, a weeping pipe could have produced enough moisture that the leak is detectible with a moisture meter, thermal imaging, or even the naked eye.
There are times when we just don’t feel sure about a specific system or part of our house. A limited inspection is a review of specific components of your house without the need to do a full home inspection.
For example, if your children are getting old enough that they are starting to crawl around the house, you may want to check the response time of your GFCI outlets. We can test the GFCI outlet and see if the circuit trips in less than 200ms as is required or check any other system in your house.