What We Do
Our basic inspection service package is compliant with the conditions as set forth in the N.J.A.C. Jacksonville home inspection law. The home inspection will cover all accessible areas and is limited to visual observations. Pricing usually starts at $250 to $275 for the structural part of the inspection, depending on the style and age of home. A termite inspection and radon analysis is offered with the basic home inspection package. We inspect Single family homes, Multi-Family dwellings, Condominiums and Townhouses and Business properties. Call for a quote.
What’s Included in the Home Inpection: Over 450 items that cover the following areas:
Structural conditions including foundation, crawlspace, basement and attic, floor support systems and decks
Electrical and plumbing systems
Central heating and cooling systems, venting systems
General exterior siding, roofs, gutters, chimney, trim
Interior including walls, ceilings, floors, stairs, windows, fireplaces, ceiling fans
Garage walls and floor, overhead door safety, stairways
Kitchen, bathrooms, appliances and hot water heater
Landscaping, drainage and grading,retaining walls, sidewalks, driveway
Note: Testing for lead paint and asbestos are not included in the typical inspection package.
Radon Gas FAQs :
Radon is one of 92 naturally-occurring chemical elements. Radon gas is constantly produced by the radioactive decay of Uranium. Radon is found in geological formations throughout the United States and Canada. Uranium decays to radium, which than decays to radon gas. Radon has been reported by the Surgeon General as the second leading cause of lung cancer.
Did You Know?…
Radon is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer. Nearly one in 15 homes in the US has a high level of radon. The US Surgeon General and the EPA recommend all homes be tested for radon. In general, homes in Jacksonville are much more likely to have high radon levels because most houses have basements.
Are some homes less likely to have radon?
Studies show that a homes tightness, foundation type, siol type have no predictable effect on radon levels.
I just had a test done. What do the results mean?
If the overall EPA average is at or above 4.0 pCi/l, the EPA recommends steps should be taken to reduce radon levels to below 4.0 pCi/l. If you have a high radon level, you should contact a qualified radon mitigation specialist.
How is radon mitigated?
To mitigate most homes, a contractor will run a 3 inch vent pipe from below the basement floor to a point above the roof and install a small fan. In most homes the cost is between $1,2oo to $1,500 and will be installed in one day, and will guarantee to reduce radon to safe levels.
What type of test do you preform?
We accurately measure radon levels in a home using a charcoal canister. We use these canisters because they have proven to be very accurate. The test must remain in the home for at least 48 hours. Annual re-certification of all technicians is required by the JaxDEP Radon Section.
Wood Destroying Insects:
What we inspect for:
During our visit we search for common wood destroying insect pests that can cause structural damage to houses if left uncontrolled. We inspect for termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, certain types of beetles and wood borers. A JaxPA “Credentialed Inspector” will visually inspect all visually accessible areas of the building for any evidence of wood-destroying insects.
Termite evidence will include wood damage or even just signs of past termite treatment. Signs may include termite tubes on wood framing or termite damage to wood framed elements. All accessible areas that are safe to enter will be entered including basements, crawl spaces, and attics. A standard copyrighted termite report is used and is acceptable by all mortgage companies including the FHA.
All findings will be explained to you during the inspection. If for any reason non-accessible areas are located, these areas will be noted on a graph and the additional corresponding amendment(s) will be submitted with the report. A (WDI) Wood Destroying Insect Report will be issued during the home inspection.
Carpenter Ants are often bigger than most of the common house ants and are nocturnal in nature, meaning they like to forage for food during night time hours. Normally living in old tree trunks they also have been known to live inside one’s house and frequently can be found in the basement floor system, but can be anywhere. They are usually very difficult to observe during the day because they are nocturnal insects. Even though carpenter ants do not eat wood for food, they chew out chambers in the lumber as a place to raise their young. Damage can be quite extensive if left unchecked. A large carpenter ant colony may have several smaller satellite colonies.
Carpenter Bees have yellow and black or mostly black bodies and usually become active in the spring and remain throughout the summer. They are a nuisance and appear flying around a house mostly higher up near the roof or soffit areas. They usually nest in wood trim or wood structural members and have been known to create a lot of damage if left unattended. The female will go in and out of the nest so with a little patience they will show you where the entrance is. A liquid insecticide is than used.