What We Do
Home Inspection Reports
All Inspections are documented with written reports, We use the Home Inspector Pro reporting system affording our clients the best available report and information that will be incredibly useful for understanding, maintaining and re-selling their home. The report is usually completed within 48 hours of the inspection, and delivered to the client by email. The report includes photos of conditions found, deficiencies, maintenance and safety suggestions. Lab reports and testing results are e-mailed separately, as soon as they are completed.
Structural Damage Assessments
All of the important structural systems that are visible and accessible are examined during the inspection, to try to determine if there is an on-going problem, and if additional inspection, or remediation is required.
We carry a 28′ ladder and a 16′ telescopic ladder. In most cases, if a roof is safe to walk on and we can access it, we will walk it. We will often examine a roof from the eaves, from within the attic, and with field glasses from the ground as well.
While we always recommend bringing in the service company currently providing service to find out their perception of conditions, recommendations and maintenance needs, we will look at the units for safety, equipment operation, and maintenance needs, and happily explain how it works, what to watch for, and how to troubleshoot should the unit shut down.
Well Water Testing
Since safety of the water is so important, we offer a full battery of testing for water including Potability and Minerals, Lead in Water, Radon in Water, arsenic and uranium, and VOC’s. If all the water tests are performed by us we offer a discount. We do re-testing services if a well fails, we can re-test it for you after the chlorination has been performed. We also offer flow and volume well testing.
Radon Gas Testing & Radon Water Testing
Using state of the art anti-tamper computers, our continuous radon monitors take 10-20 readings each hour of the 48 hour test and download a radon level average for each hour of the test. The machines measure radon levels, moisture, barometric pressure, temperature and if the machine is moved or tampered with. This equipment takes most of the risk away associated with charcoal canisters and other testing modes being tampered with & skewing the results. Most homes can easily be fixed by licensed radon contractors for less than $2000. Mitigation of wells for radon can cost depending on the levels of radon anywhere from $1000 to $5000. Very often these expenses are covered by the owner of the home. Though naturally occurring, radon gas can become trapped in your well and exit your plumbing from sink aerators or your shower head. Testing for radon in the water can help you determine if reduction of radon levels are needed.
We look for any visible signs of asbestos during the inspection, and if found we will refer you to a service that will take samples of potential asbestos-containing materials to a State approved environmental lab for testing.
Pool & Spa Assessments
Pools, spas, saunas and steamers, while outside the scope of a home inspection, can be evaluated at additional fees. Steve Gladstone has over 20 years of experience in the pool and spa service industry. All our inspectors have been trained to inspect pools and spas.
Central A/C Testing
Weather permitting, central and wall air conditioners will be run to establish that they operate, and to try to determine if they need service. In colder weather they cannot be tested as they are more prone to break. Get a representation from the seller as to conditions of appliances not readily accessible to test. Operation and maintenance tips will be discussed.
Heat Pump Inspections
Units are operated with normal controls to ascertain conditions and serviceability. Operation and maintenance tips will be discussed.
Indoor Air Quality Testing
Home air quality is a growing health issue throughout the U.S. Homeowners and potential home buyers are concerned about what airborne contaminants could be present in their homes. Many states and lending institutions now recommend that a home air quality audit be performed during a residential property sale. IAQ Home Survey™ is an effective, economical tool to monitor a home for chemicals in the air (VOCs) and actively growing mold (not the presence of mold spores). Click here for more Information
Did you know that sewer lines from the house to the connection with public sewer systems are the home owner’s responsibility? Wouldn’t you rather find out about problems before you own the house? Stonehollow is equipped to perform a sewer inspection using some of the latest Sewer Scan technology. By snaking our camera through the home’s sewer line we can evaluate:
The types and condition of sewer lines Line blockages such as:
Tree roots and other debris
Broken pipe joints
Sunken sections of pipes
Collapsed pipesYou can even watch our video screen as the sewer scan is being conducted.
Let our trained inspectors give you the peace of mind of knowing if there are any sewer line issues with the house before you buy.