A summary of our services:
Infrared Moisture Inspection
Every KHIS inspection includes an infrared moisture inspection. We thoroughly scan areas that have plumbing fixtures and entire bathroom areas. The infrared camera helps us see moisture and leaks. Any water stain or anything that looks like it may be water damage we scan with the infrared camera and take moisture readings with the moisture meter. Elevated moisture levels are noted in the report.
Infrared Inspection of electrical breaker panels:
Heat is generated at breakers and other electrical components. Different types of breakers have different normal operating temperatures. The infrared camera allows us to see when breakers are operating at higher than normal temperatures, which may indicate faulty components or other problems. Elevated temperatures are noted in the report.
|What happens if we see or smell indications of mold?
We provide an infrared moisture inspection, using the same equipment and process as the mold specialists. Mold does not grow without adequate moisture and proper conditions. While we are certified to do mold inspections, we are not considered to be experts on mold and therefore no longer call it a mold inspection. Any indications of mold like substances are noted in the report. The difference between our services and that of a mold professional is that as certified home inspectors, we are not allowed to instruct how to repair or remedy mold or interpret lab results. A mold professional will charge $250 to $350 for the infrared work and inspection. We provide this service as part of our home inspection.
We do offer mold testing, which may be the next step if indications of mold are observed with the eyes or nose. Sometimes clients ask us to perform mold testing regardless of what we see or smell, just to be safe. Air tests are typically taken: A sample is taken at the exterior as a control to compare to the interior test or tests. Air tests may be taken at separate areas of the home or just at an area of concern. Swab samples may also be taken at areas of visible mold like substances. Swab test results indicate if and what type of mold(s) are present. The samples are sent to the lab with results being available in 5-7 business days after the inspection. Each test with lab analysis is $150. 4 or more samples and the price drops to $125 per.
Lab results indicate whether the mold levels are not elevated or that there are elevated and/or unusual mold types found at the interior of the home. If the lab results indicate elevated mold levels, you may want to contact a mold remediation profession to interpret the results and make recommendations. Please let us know if you would like mold testing performed.
|Lead based paint and asbestos testing:
Lead Paint: The use of lead based paint was discontinued in 1978. Homes built prior to 1978 may have lead based paint. An approximately 1" square of all layers of paint is needed. KHIS offers lead paint testing but as certified home inspectors, we are not allowed to instruct how to repair or remedy lead paint or interpret lab results.
Asbestos use is in some manufactured products is still allowed, but some were banned. EPA Information Samples are attempted to be taken from inconspicuous areas when possible but it may leave noticeable damage. Permission from the seller must be granted before samples are taken.
|Pool and Spa
Pool inspections include recommended safety features, pool deck surrounding the pool, pool surface, with a visual and infrared inspection of pool electrical and plumbing and equipment components.
|Solar: Solar Water Heating: Inspection includes the condition of the panels, insulation at exposed pipes, roof penetrations, any visible wiring and any other component associated with the system. The efficiency or production of the system is not determined.||$25|
|Photovoltaic: Photovoltaic inspection includes the condition of the panels, visible roof penetrations, visible wiring and a visual and infrared scan of all electrical panels associated with the photovoltaic. The efficiency or production of the system is not determined. - $100 - 250.00, depending on the size of the system. Output or efficiency of system is not determined.||$100-250|