If you own a new home and your 1 year builders warranty is about to expire, you should consider having your home inspected by a professional residential home inspector. Quite often problems and deficiencies in a new home will begin showing up in the first year of the home’s life. Having an inspection done a few weeks to a month before your warranty expires will give you time to notify the builder of items that are in need of repair. These repairs should all be made at the builders expense possibly saving you many times the cost of the inspection. If no problems are found you will have the peace of mind knowing your home is in great condition for years to come. The report can serve as documentation of the work that is required which should be covered by the builders warranty.
San Diego Infrared Thermal Imaging inspection
Type Imagine being able to see inside the walls of a home you wanted to buy. While we don’t quite have x-ray vision yet, the inspectors at Only Choice Home Inspections LLC. do have the next-best thing, infrared vision, via a state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera. We include this technology in every inspection at no extra charge. Being able to see the hot spots and the cool spots helps us identify conditions from possible moisture leaks to missing insulation. When water gets inside your walls, your ceilings, or your floors, the damage can be enormous. Besides warping wood, rusting steel, and rotting fabrics, moisture can open the doorway to health-destroying organic growth inside your walls. With our infrared cameras, we can quickly and accurately find the cold areas that may indicate the presence of moisture. To the left is a Thermal Image of water collecting in the ceiling of a home we’ve inspected. There were no other indications of a roof leak: (no water stains, or bubbled paint, or dripping water just a noticeable cool spot visible through the thermal imaging camera). An inspector without our technology would have missed this.
The Dangers of Electricity
On the other extreme, hot spots can mean the potential for explosive harm to your house. Moisture is some nasty stuff, but it doesn’t compare to the horror of an electrical short-circuit that may burn your newly-purchased home to the ground. Our infrared technology may reveal any unwanted buildups of heat and sometimes even display exactly what it is that’s causing the problem. The picture to the left shows indirect heating in the ceiling which can not be seen with the naked eye.
How It Works
Thermography shows you the difference between temperatures the same way that normal light shows you the difference between colors. On the screen of our Infrared cameras, the relative heat or coldness of surfaces can be seen clearly. Of course, a thermal camera is no guarantee that leaks don’t exist — for example, if there’s been a long dry season, any moisture from a roof leak may have dried out, preventing the camera from detecting it. Similarly, the camera doesn’t actually look through the walls or any other objects, it just shows differences in surface temperature that can indicate something is amiss on the other side. Objects like filing cabinets, dressers, or other furniture can block a thermographic camera’s image.
A pool can be a great addition to a house. Many hours are spent with family and friends in a pool. Just like a house a poorly maintained or old pool can be costly to restore or repair. Adding a pool inspection to your home inspection service is a great value. Pools can have significant repair issues that can be expensive to fix. Let us identify those for you. Our pool and spa inspections are very detailed, but not exhaustive. If a pool inspection is included with a house inspection, please allow additional time for the inspection due to the additional time required to inspect and document the pool. Just like a home inspection, pool inspections are visual in nature and do not include dismantling any component.
When selling your home, a Pre-Listing Inspection can give you good insight into potential concerns your buyers might come across, giving you a leg up in negotiations. Our Pre-Listing Inspections include a full comprehensive visual inspection of the property including mechanical and structural components, plumbing, electrical, and more. Contact us today to find out more about this service.
Your house’s water should be clean. Clean water can often be taken for granted, but with possible lead soldering on pipes, bacteria content, Only Choice Home Inspections thorough inspection we take nothing for granted. We want to make sure your home’s water is drinkable and meets all the standards set by the EPA. We test for chlorine, bacteria, lead, nitrate, and more! Make sure your water is clean and free of toxins!
Our property inspection reports are thorough, clear and concise, with digital photos and a report summary, and delivered within 24 hours after the inspection. Reports are emailed to the client and realtor in PDF format for easy delivery, printing and storage, and a bounded report is sent to the client for safe keeping. Allow us to help reduce your risk as you make one of the largest purchases of your lifetime.
Mold Inspections In San Diego
The presence of mold in homes, schools and business is of growing concern in California and the rest of the U.S. Mold can thrive on virtually any organic material such as wood, paper, carpet, food, insulation, etc. Just add water and in 48 hours mold can begin to grow. Any time water intrusion occurs, be it a major flood or a minor plumbing leak that was not immediately and thoroughly dried out, there is a high probability of mold growth. Mold can cause significant aesthetic and structural damage to building materials and other personal property. Indoor mold growth can also negatively impact indoor air quality and pose certain health risks to occupants. Mold often grows behind walls and inside ceiling and floor cavities long before it is ever detected. By the time you start smelling an unpleasant odor rest assured mold has been growing somewhere for some time and every day is growing more. If you suspect you have mold growing indoors, the time to act is sooner rather than later. Mold inspections and mold testing are the means to identifying indoor mold problems. Most often infrared inspections and testing work best in conjunction with each other, however, there are instances when certain questions can be answered with one or the other. Understanding the difference between inspections and testing will help you get the answers you're looking for.
Septic Dye Test Inspection
If your home has a septic system on the property, we will perform a dye test to make sure that it in good working order for your family. If we notice anything out of the ordinary, we will document it in our visual inspection report to give you the full picture along with peace of mind.