Inspection Services

Home Inspection

A home inspection is the visual inspection of major components of readily accessible areas such as inspection of foundation, structure, and more. It includes home inspection of the primary systems such as the electrical system, plumbing system and the HVAC systems.  We also inspect for exterior systems.

  • Driveways.
  • Walks.
  • Sidings.
  • Windows.
  • Roofs.
  • Doors.
  • Patios.
  • Decks.
  • Balconies.
  • Garage.

We use state-of-the-art technology such as drones and thermal imaging to help inspect your home.

  • Floors.
  • Walls and ceilings.
  • Bathrooms.
  • Kitchen and appliances.
  • Interior doors and windows.
  • Floor coverings.
  • Accessible areas of the basement.
  • Crawlspaces.
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Commercial Property Inspections

Although commercial inspections and home inspections are similar, commercial properties require more knowledge, detail and different skill sets. We have years of experience in commercial evaluations - from small storefronts to warehouses and office buildings, that make us uniquely qualified.     

Just like our residential inspections, we provide you with a detailed and comprehensive evaluation of your new building or facility. We offer high-quality services in a timely manner.

Radon Testing

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas, which is found in soil everywhere in varying concentrations. Radon gas can accumulate in enclosed places, such as a house, but its presence, even in high concentrations, cannot be detected by human senses because the gas is invisible and has no odor.

Long term or chronic exposure to radon has been linked to lung cancer. The higher the concentration and the longer a person is exposed, the higher the risk. It is always suggested to reduce exposure to Radon.

However, because of its physical characteristics, the only way to detect the presence of radon gas and measure the level is by a test. We are licensed by the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to conduct this test.

Wood Destroying Insects

There are lots of bugs out there, but the ones we worry about are termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants and powder post beetles. They can do a substantial amount of damage to a home.

Termites are ground insects that look for habitats that provide food, moisture and shelter close to the ground. Any place where wood meets ground qualifies, especially if the soil in that area stays moist.

Carpenter bees make nests by tunneling into the wood. Each nest has a single entrance which may have many adjacent tunnels. The entrance is often a perfectly circular hole on the fascias or soffits, the underside of a beam, bench, or tree limb. Carpenter bees do not eat wood. They discard the bits of wood, or re-use particles to build partitions between cells. The tunnel functions as a nursery for brood and storage for the pollen/nectar upon which the brood subsists.

Carpenter ants reside both outdoors and indoors in moist, decaying or hollow wood. They cut into the wood grain to provide passageways for movement from section to section of the nest. Certain parts of a house, such as around and under windows, roof eaves, decks and porches, are more likely to be infested by carpenter ants because these areas are most vulnerable to moisture.

Powder post beetles are a group of wood-boring beetles. While most woodborers have a large prothorax, powder post beetles do not make their heads more visible. In addition to this, their antennae have two-jointed clubs. 

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Mold Testing

Mold is part of the natural environment. Outdoors, mold plays an important part in nature by breaking down dead organic matters such as fallen leaves and dead trees. But indoors, mold growth should be avoided.

Molds can be found almost anywhere. They can grow on virtually any organic substance as long as moisture and oxygen are present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet, foods, and insulation. When excessive moisture accumulates in buildings or on building materials, mold growth will often occur, particularly if the moisture problem remains undiscovered or unaddressed.

It is tough to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment. However, mold growth can be reduced by controlling moisture indoors.

Ten Things You Should Know About Mold
  • 1 Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures. These include allergic reactions, asthma, and other respiratory complaints.
  • 2 There is no practical way to eliminate all molds and mold spores in the indoor environment. The way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
  • 3 If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
  • 4 Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
  • 5 Reduce indoor humidity (to 30-60%) to decrease mold growth. It can be done via multiple practices. A few ideas include venting bathrooms, dryers, and other moisture-generating sources, using air conditioners and de-humidifiers, increasing ventilation and using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing, and cleaning.
  • 6 Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24 - 48 hours to prevent mold growth.
  • 7 Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials such as ceiling tiles, that are moldy, may need to be replaced.
  • 8 Prevent condensation or reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof, or floors) by adding insulation.
  • 9 In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by classroom sinks, or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
  • 10 Mold can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, where moisture is present. Some mold can grow on wood, paper, carpet, and foods as well.
Ways to Control moisture
  • The first thing to reduce moisture is to fix leaks and seepage. If water is entering the house from outside, your options range from simple landscaping to extensive excavation and waterproofing. (The ground should slope away from the house.) Water in the basement can result from the lack of gutters or a water flow toward the house. Water leaks in pipes or around tubs and sinks, provide a place for biological pollutants to grow.
  • Put a plastic cover over dirt in crawlspaces to prevent moisture from coming in from the ground. Be sure crawlspaces are well-ventilated.
  • Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to remove moisture to the outside (not into the attic). Vent your clothes dryer to the outside.
  • Turn off certain appliances such as humidifiers or kerosene heaters, if you notice moisture on windows and other surfaces.
  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners, especially in hot, humid climates, to reduce moisture in the air. Ensure that the appliances themselves don't become sources of biological pollutants.
  • Raise the temperature of cold surfaces where moisture condenses. Use insulation or storm windows. A storm window, installed inside, works well than one, which is installed outside. Open the doors between rooms, especially doors to closets which may be colder than the rooms, to increase circulation. Circulation carries heat to the cold surfaces. Increase air circulation by using fans and by moving furniture from wall corners to promote air and heat circulation. Be sure that your house has a source of fresh air and can expel excessive moisture from the home.
  • Pay special attention to the carpet on concrete floors. Carpet can absorb moisture and serve as a place for biological pollutants to grow. Use area rugs which can be taken up and washed often. In certain climates, if the carpet is to be installed over a concrete floor, it may be necessary to use a vapor barrier (plastic sheeting) over the concrete and cover that with sub-flooring (insulation covered with plywood) to prevent a moisture problem.
  • Moisture problems and their solutions differ from one climate to another. The Northeast is cold and wet; the Southwest is hot and dry; the South is hot and wet; and the Western Mountain states are cold and dry. All of these regions can have moisture problems. For example, evaporative coolers used in the Southwest can encourage the growth of biological pollutants. In other hot regions, the use of air conditioners which cool the air too quickly may prevent the air conditioners from running long enough to remove excess moisture from the air. The types of construction and weatherization for different climates can lead to different problems and solutions.