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What is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a non-invasive visual examination of the all visible and readily accessible components of a home. The components include but are not limited too Plumbing, Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), Electrical, Structure, and Interior and exterior. The inspection comes with an easy to report that notes all the components and their condition at the time if the inspection

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WETT Inspection

A Fireplace or Wood Energy Technology Transfer (WETT) additional cost. They are often required for insurance purposes and are offered by many of our inspectors. Look for the WETT certified logo.

What is included in a WETT Inspection

A WETT specialty inspection is an inspection that must be conducted by an inspector who is WETT certified. A general home inspector must take a course to become WETT certified. While a typical home inspection includes a visual inspection of the fireplace, chimney and hearth, a WETT specialty inspection conducted by a certified inspector includes an inspection of all the elements of any wood burning technologies in the home to make sure that they are installed correctly and are installed with compliance to building codes and regulations. It should also include a visit to the roof to examine the chimney for any potential structural or ventilation issues.

The inspection might include an examination of a wood stove, flue pipe, chimney, and wood-burning fireplace. An inspector should look at the positioning of the system, and its distance in relation to any combustible materials.

Why Would I Need a WETT Inspection

An inspection for the wood burning technologies in your home is important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the safety of you and your family. With wood burning appliances, the potential for harmful pollutants to be released into your home as well as combustible materials to ignite is increased, so it is important that these appliances are regularly inspected and properly maintained. If you have a home that already includes one of these features, or you would like to purchase one and have it installed in your home, having a WETT certified inspector or technician involved is a necessity.

WETT specialty inspections are also now being required as a part of the home insuring process. In fact, many homeowners first hear about WETT specialty inspections because an insurance company asks that their appliances be examined by a WETT certified inspector. In Canada, insurance companies require homes using wood burning appliances to be thoroughly inspected by a professional and cleared/approved before the home can be insured.

If purchasing an older home that includes any of these wood-burning appliances, a WETT inspection is an absolute necessity. Cottages often include wood-burning appliances, and often the installation of these features is not in compliance with WETT standards. An inspection will be able to tell you whether or not these appliances are operating optimally, are in good structural condition, and that they burning in a way that does not compromise your health and safety.

Septic Inspection

There are two main types of septic Inspections. The routine maintenance Inspection and the functional Inspection. As home inspections at Inspec Homes we perform only the routine maintenance inspection. This types of inspection includes the location of the system components, how the system works, and the maintenance recommendations using visual-only, non-invasive inspection techniques. The functional inspection is more in depth and should only be performed by a local certified septic contractor.

Mold Inspection

A general mold inspection is a standard part of the home inspection. We use visual techniques aided by moisture meters and thermal imagers to identify the presence of mold. Mold is a common problem in many homes that can lead to adverse health effects. Once identified by the home inspector is is recommended to have to mold remediated or removed by a certified professional. It is also often necessary fix the adverse condition causing the mold growth. A more in depth mold inspection that includes air testing and mold identification tests is offered for an additional cost contact us for more details.

Mold In The Home

Micro-organisms can be found in the air inside a building, on a surface inside a building (on the floor, ceiling, walls and furniture), and inside the HVAC system of a building. Many of these micro-organisms come indoors from outside. They come from decaying organic matter or moist earth.

Micro-organisms can enter the a building by floating with outdoor air that enters the building, or they can travel on people and animals who bring them inside.

Micro-organisms might be present on the building materials as the structure is being constructed. Oftentimes, inspectors will find building materials lying on the ground at a new-construction site. These materials absorb moisture and dirt and may support mold growth inside the building, after construction has completed.

Mold growth is not desirable in a building and must be prevented. There are three reasons to prevent fungal growth inside a building: the potential negative health effects of exposure to fungi and their byproducts; the effects of mold contamination on the structural integrity of the building; and the negative aesthetic effects fungi can produce both visually and on the human olfactory system.

Why Is Mold An Important Part of the Inspection

Inhalation exposure to mold indoors can cause negative health effects in some people. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants and, in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Mold does not have to be alive to cause an allergic reaction in some people.

There are some specific groups of people who are potentially more easily or severely affected by mold than the average individual with no sensitivities to mold. They include infants, children, elderly people, individuals with respiratory conditions (such as allergies and asthma), and people with weakened immune systems (people with HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy patients, and organ transplant recipients).

Sensitive people should avoid areas that are likely to have mold, such as compost piles, cut grass and wooded areas.

Allergic reactions to mold in buildings do occur for many sensitive people. However, there is no conclusive evidence that proves that mold in a building directly causes human illnesses. More research is needed, and mold research has been continuous. Mold-related exposure and its effects on human health is a complex and emerging science.