Patriot Inspections Scope of Home Inspection
Almost every part of a home reveals what's going on with the structure! Let that sink in for a minute, when you realize that a home is just a series of interconnecting parts you quickly realize how a damp basement wall may well be traced to exterior gutters not properly flashed. I will take you through the crawl space, attic and basement where I examine the furnace, AC, electrical, plumbing, framing, insulation, and foundation walls. I point out any problems and hazards. You will learn how to spot leaks in the roof, cracks in the foundation, moisture intrusion, leaking drains, and more.
With this report in hand, you can gain peace of mind and make a more informed decision regarding the purchase or sale of your home.
Along with home inspections Patriot Inspections are state certified to inspect septic systems.
County records are obtained and examined to get information about the septic system, linear feet of drain laterals and if the system has been updated etc. The grounds are inspected to insure no seepage to the surface of the ground is occurring.
What is a sewer lateral?
It’s the pipe that discharges all waste from your home’s plumbing to your city’s sewer system. If your home is on a septic tank this doesn’t apply (instead, obtain a septic inspection). In very old homes/subdivisions, the sewer later is made of clay pipes. If your home was built somewhere between the 50’s and 80’s it’s possible that your sewer lateral is made of clay, and newer homes have pipes made of PVC/plastic. All of these can have issues.
Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the US is estimated to have an elevated radon level (4 pCi/L or more).
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe.
According to the EPA, exposure to radon has been linked to lung cancer. Statistically, most people will likely get their greatest radiation exposure at home.
Any home can have a radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.
Patriot Inspections performs Water Quality Testing-
Bacteriological Analysis for Drinking Water
This bacteriological water analysis is made in accordance with methodology described in the latest edition of the American Public Health Association's. Standard Methods for examination of water and wastewater, and complies with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services standards for drinking water. Drinking water samples are analyzed for presence of coliform bacteria. If coliform bacteria are present in the sample, it is then analyzed for the presence of E.coli.
Coliforms are a group of bacteria found in the intestines of humans and other animals. Coliforms also occur naturally in the soil, on vegetation and in surface waters (lake and streams). Most members of the coliform group do not cause disease. When found in drinking water, coliform bacteria indicate that contamination of the water has occurred, and other disease causing bacteria could also get in the water supply.
Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) is a member of the coliform group of bacteria and is found only in the intestines of warm blooded animals, including humans. When found in drinking water, E. coli indicates the water has been contaminated with human or animal wastes. Possible sources of contamination include leaking septic systems, surface water, leaking into the supply and runoff from agricultural lots.
Directions To Chlorinate Well if during your home inspection one or both of these bacteria(s) are present
1.) Remove well cap and pour 2 gallons of bleach into well.
2.) Pour fresh water into well to flush the bleach off the sides of the casing
3.) Let well stand for 1 hour
4.) Open cold water taps in the house until chlorine is present, shut off and let stand for 30 minutes
5.) Run outside taps until well is free of chlorine-- This could take several hours
6.) When well is free of chlorine turn on taps inside and flush lines on inside of home
During the chlorination process the water is not drinkable. Do NOT drink or cook with the water until the system is flushed out. Also it is recommended to not do any laundry until bleach is totally out of system.
** RECOMMENDATION: Repeat samples should be taken 5 days after chlorination. Another sample should also be taken 10 days after the chlorination.
Patriot Inspections performs home energy audits which can help you understand the whole picture a homes energy use.
An audit can help you determine how much energy your home uses, where your home is losing energy, and which problem areas and fixes you should prioritize to make your home more efficient and comfortable.
Patriot Inspections offers Termite Inspections which includes a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the home for evidence of wood-destroying insect activity such as termites, or carpenter ants or the visible damage caused by infestations. This service is offered with a home inspection.