All inspections are performed to the InterNACHI standards of practice. They include:
Exterior of home to include siding, eves, soffits, walks, grading, siding, porches and patios
Roof, chimneys, skylights, ventilation and service entrances of utilities where applicable
Foundations and structural components that are visible, basements and crawlspaces that are accessible identifying fire separation issues that can be found in a lot of older construction.
All interior rooms windows, doors and cabinets to include walk up and scuttle hole attics.
Electrical- outlets are checked for open grounds, missing grounds and reverse polarities. Verify sizing of components and wires in electrical boxes and junction boxes that can be accessed. Verify GFI outlets and new AFCI outlets and their functions.
Heating and cooling systems for operation, noting any safety hazards related to poor venting.
Plumbing, Visible piping corrosion, lead water mains, operate toilets and fixtures, checking for functional flow and drainage. Examine visible traps for proper P-type vs S-type.
Doors and windows for function and egress where needed.
Garages, inspecting operations of doors, verify auto-reverse and sensors function properly, inspect electrical and fire separation of attached garages where applicable.
PSMA is the only certifying agency in Pennsylvania for septic inspections and only certified inspectors can truly inspect to standard. You can verify certifications at the PSMA website or by calling them at 717-763-7762
Licensed by the Pennsylvania department of Agriculture, (BU 12232) and certified for wood destroying organism inspections (Cert# 302241) AD Home Inspections is not only certified to do these inspections, but has taken the extra steps to be able to complete the paperwork for FHA/VA/HUD loans as required by the federal government (NPMA 33).
From the National Safety Council Website (www.nsc.org) “You can’t see it, smell it or touch it. The No. 1 cause of lung cancer outside of smoking is a radioactive gas that everyone breathes in every day, usually at low levels. Radon gas is produced from a natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. This radioactive gas can be detected in homes, offices and schools; it enters buildings through cracks in floors and walls, construction joints or gaps around service pipes, electrical wires and sump pits. When radon gas exceeds acceptable levels, the result can be deadly. Scientists estimate 15,000 to 22,000 lung cancer deaths in the U.S. each year are related to radon.” A.D. Home Inspections is LICENSED by the state of PA to conduct radon testing. We use technology that allows us to have your results on site the day we retrieve the monitor so there is no question as to whether or not there is an issue.
“Mold isn’t a bad word. Every home has mold and without it the world wouldn’t be habitable for humans or animals. Mold only becomes a problem when there is too much of it, when it causes problems for health, or when it is unsightly and causing damage to property. This is where mold testing comes in. Please contact us for more information to see if you need mold testing and what kind of testing will best suit your needs. A.D. Home Inspections has aligned itself with Inspector lab to be able to provide you 24 hour response to all mold tests with a comprehensive report to help you understand the results. ”
A.D. Home Inspections has aligned itself with ABE Laboratories, LLC to provide you the best water testing solutions available. Prices vary based on testing so call us for pricing on all water tests. Here are just a few of the options:
Bacteria -water is tested for coliform bacteria, and if found e-coli.
Nitrate/Nitrite – both compounds move easily through the ground and can cause medical problems for pregnant women and children under the age of 6 months. It usually indicates contamination from fertilizers or animal waste, or subsurface sewage system contamination (septic)
Lead – a hazardous compound that was used in early city water pipes and solder to join copper pipes. (Lead testing requires a rush to receive in a timely fashion. )
Iron – occurs naturally, but can discolor sinks and baths and clothing. Also leave a bad taste.
pH – determines the waters acidity or base values, and should be neutral for safe consumption and to prevent pipe damage.
Total dissolved solids – can lead to scale formation in piping and a salty taste of the water.
“I wish we could see behind that wall.” Customers all think this as do we. Well we can’t really “see” behind a wall, but we can see if there are thermal changes that may indicate a leak, misplaced insulation, or in the case of electrical, an overheating breaker panel. Thermal imaging is just 1 more tool A.D. Home Inspections brings, and offers as a supplemental service should you choose.
A.D. Home Inspections is excited to help you get started with your next real estate transaction! With the skills and experience of our trusted professionals, you will receive quick and quality results.