A standard residential home inspection will uncover hidden problems that can be costly or pose a safety hazard to your family. We will perform a complete and thorough visual home inspection and check all major areas of the home. Manufactured Home Inspections are included in this inspection. We also cover Multiple Unit Inspections.
Fees starting from $290
Prices can vary, depending on the age of the home and multiple-unit buildings. Please call for details.
Infrared Imaging Inspection
Infrared imaging is a technology that allows home inspectors to see more about a structure that no one can show you using other inspection methods. Infrared imaging produces images of invisible heat energy emitted from objects and systems in the home or building and allows us to see it in a picture. As we inspect homes, infrared technology is used to find hidden problems that you may not even know about or see with the naked eye such as the following:
- Active or evidence of previous leaks hidden behind a freshly painted wall
- Overheating breakers in the main electrical panel and/or subpanel
- Missing, damaged, and/or wet insulation
- Heat loss or gain around the primary and secondary entrances and/or windows
- Hidden roof leaks (if found early, serious damage to the home can be prevented)
- Unknown plumbing leaks
Infrared imaging is a limited scan. Most home inspectors are not certified thermographers. You can feel rest assured that all inspectors with Kiwi Home Inspections, LLC are certified in this technology.
Fees can vary from $50 to $100, depending on the size of the home and/or property. Do not hesitate to call us for more information.
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. Although it cannot be seen, smelled, or tasted, radon may still be a problem in your home. When air-containing radon is inhaled, the risk of getting lung cancer is increased. The Surgeon General of the United States has warned that radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Smokers and/or inhabitants of homes that have high levels of radon present have an especially high risk of having lung cancer. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends that every home is tested for radon annually.
Fees are $125 per 2000 SF.
Sewer Scope Inspection
But that doesn’t mean you should overlook one of the most commonly-ignored – yet most important – parts of inspecting a home that you’re interested in purchasing. A sewer scope inspection.
Sewer scope inspections are typically not included in a basic home inspection. The importance of having one done is as important as having a basic home inspection.
Prices start at $125 and can vary from the age of the house. Please call us to find out more.
The Importance of Getting A Sewer Scope Inspection
The Sewer Scope Inspection Process
Having a sewer scope inspection performed usually takes a few minutes – and the inspection is just what it sounds like. A trained, professional inspector will run a specialized, flexible borescope camera, which feeds images and video to a monitor.
This camera is fed through the home’s drainpipe to examine the sewer lines and other underground pipes for any flaws, imperfections, or serious problems.
The entire process can take anywhere from a half-hour to two hours, depending on the location and accessibility of the clean out drain and sewer line. After this, your inspector will tell you about their findings and issue a report that is given to you with information about the condition of the sewer line.
Sewer Scope Inspection Cost
The cost of a sewer scope inspection will vary based on the area in which it is performed, the specifics of the house, the inspector you use, and a number of other variables. However, it’s quite affordable, in most cases. The cost will tend to vary from $125-$300.
This may seem steep. However, consider this – the cost of repairing a broken sewer line costs around $250-$300 – per foot of repaired line. Repairing and replacing an entire sewer line or a line with major structural faults could easily cost thousands of dollars.
Should I Get A Sewer Scope Inspection?
Definitely. As touched upon above, a sewer line is often one of the costliest things to repair in a home. Getting a sewer scope inspection can help you avoid investing in a home that has serious issues with the sewer system.
You may even be able to save a bit of money on a sewer scope inspection if you’re able to find a home inspector who offers this service along with other traditional home inspection services, such as infrared and radon inspections. Bundling these services usually will allow you to get a better deal.
Signs You Should Get A Sewer Scope Inspection for Home Purchase
Before you go looking for a home, it’s a good idea to know what to look for, and what signs may indicate that you should get a sewer scope inspection before making an offer on a house. Here is a short list of some of the most common signs that indicates that something may be wrong with the sewer system, or that it is at risk of being damaged.
- Water backing up inside the house or crawlspace – This may be an indication that there is damage or breakage to the sewer line, or a significant clog in the system.
- Large trees in the yard and/or near to or next to the house – A most common cause of sewer pipe damage is the growth of roots around the pipe. Roots can grow around the system’s line and constrict the pipe, breaking it, or grow into small cracks in the pipe that can clog the line or cause it to leak.
- The house was built more than 25 years ago – Houses built earlier than 1984 may have clay sewer pipes that can be easily crushed or damaged. These typically should be replaced, or at least inspected to ensure that they are in good condition.
- You notice shifting or movement of the ground around the house – If the soil around the house appears to have shifted, the sewer pipe may have been affected. If the pipe has moved, it may have broken or have become bent and damaged. The affected pipe may require a costly repair. Possible signs of shifting or movement are revealed by things such as the sidewalk and driveway. Are the surface soils level with the driveway or walkway? Do the soil levels appear to have sunk or become piled higher than these concrete surfaces?
- Extra-green or lush patches of grass – This is a common sign of a sewer leak. Given its content, sewer water is a power fertilizer that can help encourage plant growth. If you notice a suspiciously healthy-looking area of the yard, especially if the rest of the lawn appears to be less lush or green, you should be suspicious.
- Call for quote on structures that are > 3000 sf
Even in the absence of any of the above issues, a sewer scope inspection is still recommended. Minor issues undetected in the sewer lines can still end up costing thousands to repair.
Sewer Scope Inspection Results – What to Look For
Wondering what to look for during the inspection? You’ll typically watch the video feed from the process. You and your inspector will be looking for:
- Serious clogs or blockages in the sewer line
- Cracks, damage or imperfections in the line
- The type of material used for the line (clay, concrete, plastic, metal, etc.)
- Roots growing through the line
- Separation or failure of the line
Your inspector will walk you through the entire process and help you understand what you are seeing. If no issues are detected, that is great! If there are some minor problems discovered, you may be able to negotiate a better rate on the home or, at least, plan for the repair in your home budget during the next few years. Finally, if there is a major issue, having this information will likely allow you to walk away from the sale, require the homeowner to make the repair themselves, or get them to reduce the cost of the property accordingly.
Know Before You Make an Offer: Get A Sewer Scope Inspection!
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