Our Services

Inspection Services Available

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Home Inspection

  • Residential/Home Inspection (Buyer's Inspections)
  • Prelisting Home Inspection (Seller's Inspections)
  • New Home Construction                                    


Commercial Building/Property Inspections

  • Apartment Buildings & Multi-Unit Residences
  • Retail & Office
  • Warehouses & Light Industrial
  • Hotels
  • Special Wind Purpose Facilities
  • Lease Inspection


Radon Measurement Testing

You cannot see, smell or taste RADON, but it still may be a problem in your home. On average 1 in every 7 homes may have high levels. High levels have been found in homes on a slab, crawl space and basement type foundations. Radon is considered a cancer-causing radioactive gas. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you or someone in your home smokes and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon can be found all over the United States. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets in to the air we all breathe. It typically moves up through the ground to the air above and into our homes through cracks and other holes in the foundation. The home traps radon inside where it can build up. Unacceptable levels of radon have been reported in all types of buildings including homes, offices, schools and hi-rise buildings. You and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at your own home, because that is where you usually spend most of your time. If a home has a well, the water from the well should also be tested for radon. Matt Welsch is a Certified Radon Measurement Technician (Certification #110026RT) who can answer any of your questions. When a radon test is performed in your home, he uses the most advanced state-of-the-art electronic monitor equipment for accurate and quick results. The monitors that are used take a reading every hour for 48 hours and then the data is analyzed and a report is generated showing the average results. The following radon measurement is a sample of monitor output in a graph form.  ** EPA recommends that indoor radon gas be reduced if above 4.0 pCi/L  For more information on radon visit epa.gov/radon. To schedule a radon test or to have any questions answered please call 651-236-9923.


More Helpful Resources For Homeowners

  • The EPA radon website has a lot of information on radon’s health hazards and radon levels, testing, and mitigation.
  • The EPA has great information for parents concerned about radon at their children's school.
  • The National Academy of Sciences publication on Risk Assessment of Radon in Drinking Water is the most recent authoritative work on the issue of radon in drinking water and its health effects. Scroll down and read the Executive Summary.
  • Check out the Resource tab at Radon Leaders, a collaborative web site of the federal government, states, and industry all involved with the promotion of radon awareness.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey provides some great basic information on radon and geology
  • The AARST web site refers you to many radon links.  It has order forms for EPA documents and is updating its standards and guidance documents for the industry.  The AARST code of ethics can be found on this site. http://www.aarst.org/radon_info.html  


Sewer Scope

It's likely that your home's sewer and drain lines are out of sight, out of mind. But the functionality of your Midwest home relies on its water supply and drain lines, which carry the unwanted water and waste out of your house. If the drains become sluggish or clogged, they can cause damage to your property! Don't let a small clog turn into an avoidable catastrophic plumbing problem.

Our plumbers use a camera on your sewage system to minimize damage to your lawn. With this equipment, we can find minor problems before they become major issues to save you time, frustration, and money. With a video camera inspection, your technician will run a video cable down the sewer main an/or the home's branch lines that lead from bathtubs, and other drains into the home's sewer line.

A video camera sewer line inspection will identify sewer line problems, including: Root infiltration, Misaligned pipes, Broken pipes, Punctured pipes, Corroded pipes, Grease buildup, Leaks, Obstructions, Dips in the line, And more.

                                                                                                                            

Roof Inspections Using A Drone

Drones that started out as entertainment for hobbyists have rapidly evolved into useful tools with a wide range of commercial applications in a number of industries as well as their popularity for quality aerial cinematography. The construction and building inspection business have embraced the technology, particularly for roof inspections.

Such inspections can be done faster and at a lower cost than traditional methods with the added benefit that there is no risk to human life or the tiles or materials on the roof. Roofs tend to bear the brunt of the elements be it rain, snow or heavy winds. Regular inspections will quickly determine the extent of the damage, areas of concern and all relevant roof condition information.

Such inspections without a drone are slow, labor-intensive and put the people and roof material at risk. The right drone for the job will do a complete, detailed inspection in no time at all with no risk to the roof or the people doing the inspections. Costs will be considerably lower than traditional inspections. .Investing in a drone for roof inspections will pay for itself in a short space of time.



Home Energy Assessment


  • Locate Air Leaks
  • Ventilation
  • Check Insulation
  • Inspect Heating and Cooling Equipment
  • Inspect Lighting
  • Appliance and Electronics


Infrared Thermography


We use state of the art digital thermal imaging equipment to identify moisture in areas where water may be entering your home.  We identify specific areas of concern where water intrusion or leaks are occuring.  This service does not include any destructive or invasive testing.  Infrared cameras read surface temperature based on the material type and its emissivity.  All infrared finds for moisture will be verified using a non-contact or pin type moisture meter.


Thermal imaging cameras have become a common tool in the inspection and preventative maintenance industry where they are used to verify that systems are performing to specifications.  For building inspection, thermal imagers can be used to determine proper insulation, to locate air leaks, to verify structure design and to locate moisture intrusion. Thermal patterns, which is the movement of heat through an object, can be used to find the source of many problems that can range from simple comfort issues to mechanical defects in the home. Some of the uses for thermal imaging inspections include:  Electrical inspections, Thermal heat loss inspections of buildings, Locate radiant heating wires or pipes, Locate potential areas for mold growth, Flat roof leak detection for buildings, Detect thermal patterns on furnaces and boilers, Detect  leaks in air conditioning systems.


Predictive maintenance with a thermal imager can be effectively performed using qualitative analysis of equipment. Qualitative techniques allow the emissivity setting on the thermal imager to be set at 1.0 (high emissivity) and apparent temperatures used for comparisons between similar materials under similar load. While the temperatures displayed will not be 100 percent accurate, a real problem can be identified just from the comparison of identical components. Our inspectors are trained to reliably perform qualitative analysis.


Wind Mitigation Inspection - Insurance Inspections


  • Building Code
  • Roof Covering
  • Roof Deck Attachment
  • Roof to Wall Attachment
  • Roof Geometry
  • Secondary Water Resistance
  • Opening Protection


Four Point Inspection - Insurance Inspections


This inspection is for insurance companies to get a snapshot view of the major components of a building.  It includes the:

  • Roof
  • Electrical System
  • Plumbing
  • Heating and Air Conditioning


Find out more about Radon

The following will be covered in the home inspection:

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  • External Conditions & Surfaces
  • Roof, Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
  • Plumbing & Electrical Systems
  • Appliances
  • Heating & Cooling Systems
  • Foundations, Slabs & Floors
  • Walls & Ceilings
  • Garage, Walls & Driveway
  • Drainage & Porches
  • Crawl Spaces
  • Foundations & Structures
  • Water Heaters
  • Baths & Kitchens and other critical aspects fo the property
     

HomeWorks Advantage Inspectors follow the Standards of Practice of ASHI:

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Standards of Practice we follow