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.
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 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.
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.