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ENVIRONMENTAL HOME INSPECTION INCLUDE:



INDOOR AIR QUALITY - MOLD AND ALLERGENS

Clean air is essential for good health, and this is especially true when it comes to indoor air. As Canadians, we spend close to 90% of our time inside; at home, at work and in recreational environments. Most people, however, are unaware of the effects that poor indoor air quality can have on their health. Indoor air pollutants range from minor irritants such as dust and animal dander, to major irritants such as molds and chemical vapors that may be emitted from building materials and furnishings. It is important to be aware of how air contaminants can affect our health and to adopt corrective measures that will improve indoor air quality in our homes. According to a 1999 Mayo Clinic Study, nearly all chronic sinus infections are a result of molds. A 300% increase in the asthma rate over the past 20 years has been linked to molds. (According to 1999 USA Today Cover Story)

ASBESTOS

Where Asbestos Hazards may be found in the Home:

1. Some roofing and siding shingles are made of asbestos cement.
2. Houses built between 1930 and 1950 may have asbestos as insulation.
3. Asbestos may be present in textured paint and in patching compounds used on wall and ceiling joints. Their use was banned in 1977.
4. Artificial ashes and embers sold for use in gas-fired fireplaces may contain asbestos.
5. Older products such as stove-top pads may have some asbestos compounds.
6. Walls and floors around wood burning stoves may be protected with asbestos paper, millboard, or cement sheets.
7. Asbestos is found in some vinyl floor tiles and the backing on vinyl sheet flooring and adhesives.
8. Hot water and steam pipes in older houses may be coated with an asbestos material or covered with an asbestos blanket or tape.
9. Oil and coal furnaces and door gaskets may have asbestos insulation.

LEAD PAINT

Lead poisoning can cause severe health effects including damage to the liver, kidneys, brain, nerves, bones and blood. Children are especially at high risk. Toxic levels of lead can cause permanent learning disabilities, retardation and even brain damage in young children. In adults, lead poisoning can cause high blood pressure and reproductive problems. In pregnant women, the fetus is particularly vulnerable to lead's toxic effects.

EMF - Electro magnetic forces -micro waves, stoves, power lines etc.
Researchers at the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children have found an association between magnetic field exposures and the risk of developing leukemia. Occupational exposure to EMF has been associated with elevated death rates due to leukemia, brain tumors, an across-the-board decline in the immune response system, other cancers, as well as, central nervous system concerns. Exposure during pregnancy has been associated with significant increases of miscarriage and increases in infant mortality.

HARMFUL GAS DETECTION

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas that forms whenever you burn fuel like propane, natural gas, gasoline, oil, coal and wood. Because it is colourless, odourless and tasteless, it is hard to detect without a carbon monoxide detector. Carbon monoxide can cause health problems before people even notice it is present.

RADON TESTING

Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water. Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung cancer is the only known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air. Thus far, there is no evidence that children are at greater risk of lung cancer than are adults.

INFRARED THERMOGRAPHIC INSPECTION

Infrared thermographic inspection is a powerful non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings. It provides immediate documentation of water damage to building materials. Moisture in building materials can destroy structural integrity and nurture mold and insect infestations.

Infrared

The purchase of a home is probably the largest single investment you will ever make. You should know exactly what to expect and how it will impact your family’s health and safety- both indoors and out

HOME INSPECTIONS INCLUDE:

EXTERIOR OF THE BUILDING

1. Exterior wall covering, flashing and trim.
2. All exterior doors.
3. Attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings.
4. Eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level.
5. Vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls on the property when any of these are likely to adversely affect the building.
6. Walkways, patios, and driveways leading to dwelling entrances.

ROOF SYSTEM

1. Roof covering.

2. Roof drainage systems.
3. Flashings.
4. Skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations.

PLUMBING SYSTEM - including sewer main to city, roots, check valves, broken pipes

A. INSPECT:

1. Interior water supply and distribution systems including all fixtures and faucets.
2. Drain, waste and vent systems including all fixtures.
3. Water heating equipment.
4. Vent systems, flues, and chimneys.
5. Fuel storage and fuel distribution systems.
6. Drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping.

B. DESCRIBE:
1. Water supply, drain, waste, and vent piping materials.
2. Water heating equipment including the energy source.
3. Location of main water and main fuel shutoff valves.

This is why we strongly recommend that the main drainage line be inspected, these pipes caused the new home owner or seller thousands of dollars in repairs.

Pipe

ELECTRICAL SYSTEM - faults, over loading, and shorts

A. INSPECT:

1. Service drop.
2. Service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways.
3. Service equipment and main disconnects.
4. Service grounding.
5. Interior components of service panels and sub panels.
6. Conductors.
7. Over current protection devices.
8. A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles.
9. Ground fault circuit interrupters.

B. DESCRIBE:

1. Amperage and voltage rating of the service.
2. Location of main disconnect(s) and sub panels.
3. Wiring methods.

C. REPORT:

1. On the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.
2. On the absence of smoke detectors.

HEATING SYSTEM - including ducting serviceability and cleanliness and gas leaks

A. INSPECT:

1. Installed heating equipment.
2. Vent systems, flues, and chimneys.

B. DESCRIBE:

1. Energy source.
2. Heating method by its distinguishing characteristics.

AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM - including humidifiers, de humidifiers

A. INSPECT:

1. Installed central and through-wall cooling equipment.

B. DESCRIBE:

2. Energy source
3. Cooling method by its distinguishing characteristics.

INTERIOR

1. Walls, ceilings, and floors.

2. Steps, stairways, and railings.
3. Countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets.
4. A representative number of doors and windows.
5. Garage doors and garage door operators.

INSULATION & VENTILATION - missing or improper installation

A. INSPECT:

1. Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces.
2. Ventilation of attics and foundation areas.
3. Mechanical ventilation systems.

B. DESCRIBE:

1. Insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces.
2. The absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces.

FIRE PLACE AND SOLID FUEL BURNING APPLIANCES - serviceability & leaks


A. INSPECT:

1. System components.
2. Vent systems, flues, and chimneys.

B. DESCRIBE:

1. Fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances.
2. Chimneys.



INFRARED THERMOGRAPHIC INSPECTION

Infrared thermographic inspection is a powerful non-invasive means of monitoring and diagnosing the condition of buildings. It provides immediate documentation of water damage to building materials. Moisture in building materials can destroy structural integrity and nurture mold and insect infestations.

Infrared

OTHER TESTING SERVICES AVAILABLE:

UTILITY LOCATION, AND BURIED OBJECT LOCATION

Underground storage tanks, buried building matter, buried service line, and drainage systems, unmarked graves.

NEW CONSTRUCTION PRE ACCEPTANCE INSPECTION
RENOVATION INSPECTION (PRE & AFTER)
MOLD CLEARANCE INSPECTION
BANK & INSURANCE INSPECTION
MOBILE HOME & PRE FAB INSPECTIONS
ENERGY AUDITS
DETAILED WATER TESTING
DETAILED SOIL TESTING
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF THE SURROUNDING AREA (5KMS)
HISTORY OF THE AREA AND YOUR HOME
ODOR INVESTIGATION

CONCRETE MOISTURE TESTING NEW HOMES/ CONCRETE

Concrete moisture vapor emission is a natural constituent of any concrete slab. It may be encountered as the emission of mix water during the drying process of a new concrete slab. Concrete drying creates an emission from the slab regardless of whether the concrete slab is below, on or above grade. Moisture vapor emission from suspended concrete is often overlooked as a potential cause of floor covering failure and this specific problem may be exacerbated by the use of light-weight aggregates. Beyond the drying process, moisture vapor emission may be the result of moisture vapor transmission from sources below the slab. The moisture source can be water trapped in a blotter course over a vapor retarder or moisture from the earth passing through the slab system. The major concerns surrounding this issue have been driven by changes in floor covering adhesives and coatings, which are more sensitive to moisture and alkali attack than previous materials. More important than floor covering system failure is the concept that Sick Building Syndrome and other I.A.Q. issues often start at the floor surface and are fed by the high sustained humidity levels created by excessive concrete moisture vapor emission.



SEPTIC TANK & FIELD INSPECTION

Poorly maintained septic systems are more likely to fail than systems which are inspected regularly and pumped out as required. Sludge and scum can plug the tile field causing system failure, which typically results in ponding of effluent above the field. Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace and poor maintenance is a common cause of early system failures. The cost of maintenance is very little in comparison to repair or replacement. For example, replacing a system can cost as much as $15,000 or more while inspections can cost as little as $175 and pump-outs as low as $200 (NSFC, 1995a).



WELL INSPECTION

It is the well owner's responsibility to maintain their well - to keep out surface run-off and foreign materials. It is recommended that you conduct an inspection of your well at least once a year, as outlined below, at the same time as you check for potential contaminants. If you have problems with your well water, or concerns about your well, have your drilled well inspected by a DOEC licensed well driller, and your dug well inspected by an Environment Health Officer (i.e. Health Inspector).





Water Quality Table

NOTE: All data collected is from the USDA, EPA, and Health Canada

We work in two man teams and use independent and nationally accredited labs.
We also use a peer review for each report before it’s given to the client.

Our objective is to give our client as much information possible so they can
make the best possible decisions.

PRICING

All prices are for 3000 sq ft homes including basement an additional fee of .25 per sq ft is charged for larger homes.

HOME INSPECTION COMPLETE.................. $600.00

This price includes sewer line inspection and heat ducting inspection



ENVIRONMENTAL HOME INSPECTION .................. $650. 00



This price includes, (Lab fees are included)

 Basic air quality screening
 Carpet sampling (This test will give us a history of the home)
 Asbestos testing
 Lead paint testing
 EMF (Electromagnetic field)
 Radon Testing
 Harmful gases testing (H2S.CO2,Methane,Flamable Gases)

Both inspections include thermal imaging and report fees at no extra charge.

Each client receives a comprehensive bound report complete with diagrams and information on the different components of the home. This report includes a full disclosure of building conditions and environmental issues and advises on specific maintenance as well all reports will include third party lab results.

BOTH INSPECTIONS (Home & Environmental).................. $1,200.00

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