Inspections to Consider Before Closing on a Property

Not all of the inspections below will be required for every property. Each one of them provides an additional layer of peace of mind.

PAD offers residential and light  commercial property inspections. Call for a quote.

As per the InterNACHI standards of practice, PAD will inspect, by means of limited visual examination, all readily accessible areas of the home. This includes roofs, foundations, crawls spaces,attics, outlet function, lights and ceiling fans, furnace, a/c, water heater, condition of windows, doors, siding, locking mechanisms, plumbing materials, traps and fixtures, grounds and drainage systems(excludes sprinkler systems), garage door opener safety reverse  features, and much more. 

A typical residential inspection takes 2-4 hours and involves a variety of gadgets along the way. PAD will not rush through an inspection, ever. The inspector will move briskly and work efficiently. Client's are best served to save their questions for the walk-through at the end of the inspection. The inspector will prepare the report, research any unresolved issues or questions, and email it the next day in PDF format.

PAD uses advanced software to produce the most detailed report available for clients' peace of mind and negotiating leverage.

PAD offers residential and light commercial radon measurement testing. Call for a quote.

Radon is a tasteless, odorless radioactive gas stemming from natural uranium in the soil. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer. It seeps into a home wherever it can. Common culprits of excessive radon infiltration include crawlspaces, basements, sump pits and other breaches in the foundation. However, any home in a high risk area is at risk for elevated levels of radon. The only way to know is to test. Read the EPA's Buyers' and Sellers' Guide to Radon.

Continuous monitors provide an hour by hour graph of the radon levels, and PAD's continuous monitors also measure temperature, pressure and humidity. Results are available instantly upon retrieval of the monitor after the 48 hr test period. Charcoal test kits may be placed instead of continuous monitors to measure maximum radon values during 48hr test period.

There are many important protocols to follow when testing for radon. A failure to follow these protocols can result in an inaccurate test. It is important to hire a radon professional that has received training and certification. Brock has earned the Internachi Radon Tester certification.

PAD offers thermal imaging with every residential inspection at no extra charge.

Infrared cameras can provide thermal images of walls, attics (where accessible), ceilings, ducting, electrical wiring, around windows, doors and plumbing fixtures. 

 If a potential moisture issue is found, the inspector will use a moisture meter to determine if an active moisture leak is the cause for an abnormality on the scan. A thermal camera in conjunction with a  moisture meter can be a great combination to discover and verify otherwise concealed moisture issues.

Thermal imaging is not an exact science. Certain conditions present during the thermal scan such as excessive sunlight, shade, temperature, precipitation, humidity  and the types and condition of building materials can reveal abnormalities that are not related to a defect. That is why a thermal scan is best used as part of a thorough property inspection, in conjunction with a moisture meter and performed by an inspector who has been trained and certified on infrared scanning.

PAD does not currently offer drone inspections. Coming in spring of 2019.

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are most useful for roofs that are too high, steep, or otherwise unsafe to climb except by qualified roofers. They are also useful for roofs that simply should not be walked on except by qualified roofing contractors such as tile, wood shakes and shingles, and metal roofs. In order for PAD to provide the best level of service to inspect roofs that can not or should not be walked on, Brock earned his remote pilot certificate to legally use drones for these purposes.

On larger parcels of land a UAV pilot/inspector can provide aerial footage, crop surveying, a look at the conditions of surrounding vegetation and identify high fire risk areas. Other rural applications of UAV's include fence and livestock surveying, barn and silo inspections, etc.

PAD does not currently offer mold testing. Coming in Spring of 2019.

Minnesota and SE South Dakota have a humid climate. Therefore, if structural or mechanical failures cause a moisture leak, the problem will be amplified by the climate. Desert climates can be very forgiving for smaller moisture leaks due to the evaporation rates in those areas. It is very important to fix any and all leaks immediately, because an active leak in a humid climate will grow mold on just about any surface.

PAD does not offer mold inspections/sample testing at this time. However, looking for and spotting visible mold/discolorations/bio growth on accessible surfaces is part of the inspection reporting process. 

PAD does not offer sewer line scopes at this time.

Sewer line inspections are best left to plumbing professionals. Toilets may need to be removed and reinstalled. Access may have to be improvised in number of ways that are best left to licensed plumbers. Effectively analyzing the imagery as the camera snakes further down the pipe takes a great deal of training and investment, and these services come with additional fees no matter who performs them.

PAD Inspections will schedule a sewer line scope with a licensed plumber, on the client's request and behalf, for the same date and time frame as the home inspection. Also, having a qualified plumber perform the sewer line inspections while the inspector works on the property can be a significant time saver for clients.