What We Cover

Our inspections are performed in accordance with the Standards of Practice of The American Society of Home Inspectors.  A copy of the current standards is available here: ASHI.Org.

The following are specific examples of building components that we have inspected or reported on in the past.

Some Green Concepts listed below may be new technology that we are familiar with only through classroom education.  New materials and building techniques that have not been proven over time may pose a greater risk for problems over tried-and-true building technology. 

Foundations

  • Wood or plank
  • Brick or un-reinforced masonry
  • Un-reinforced perimeter concrete
  • Steel reinforced shallow perimeter
  • Standard “T” shaped perimeter
  • Slab on grade
  • Post tension slab on grade
  • Pier and grade beam
  • Post and beam
  • Concrete column with wood frame
  • Concrete column with steel frame
  • Intermediate post and Beam
  • Intermediate continuous footing
  • Green Foundation Concepts
    • High fly ash content concrete
    • ICF Foundations

Wall and Floor Assemblies

  • Standard Wood Frame
  • CMU or concrete block
  • SIP Panel
  • Brick
  • Simple wood plank walls
  • Truss joist
  • Dimensional lumber truss joist
  • ICF (insulated concrete form)
  • Green Wall Concepts
    • Tri-D-panel
    • Straw bale
    • Efficient wall framing concepts

Roof Coverings

  • Asphalt or compositions roofing
  • Modified Bitumen roofing
  • Tar and Cap Sheet
  • Tar and Gravel
  • Roll roofing
  • EPDM Sheet roofing
  • Shake shingle
  • Wood shingle
  • Synthetic slate
  • Composite roofing materials
  • Slate roofing
  • Clay tile
  • Concrete tile
  • Light weight concrete tile
  • Granular steel coated roofing
  • Standing seem metal
  • Asbestos roof tile
  • Asbestos roof shingle
  • Corrugated metal
  • Corrugated fiberglass
  • Green Roofing Concepts
    • Slate
    • Clay Tile
    • Copper
    • Living roof or earth

Exterior Building

  • Stucco
  • Wood siding
  • Composite wood siding
  • Fiber cement siding
  • Fiber cement panel siding
  • Asbestos or transite shingle
  • Wood shingles
  • Vinyl siding
  • Steel siding
  • Aluminum siding
  • Brick
  • Brick veneer
  • Architectural steel
  • Architectural wood panel
  • Green Exterior Building Components
    • Hardi plank fiber cement

Exterior Site

  • Drainage
  • Drainage system
  • Sump pump
  • Grading
  • Swales
  • Retaining walls
  • Landscape walls
  • Driveway
  • Driveway Ramps
  • Porches
  • Culverts
  • Green Exterior Site Components
    • Permeable site paving
    • Draught tolerant landscaping
    • Low water greenscape
    • Drip irrigation
    • Rain water catch basins
    • Composite decking

Electrical

  • 120 volt systems
  • 120/240 volt systems
  • Main Panels
  • Sub Panels
  • Fuse panels
  • Knob and Tube
  • Romex
  • Conduit
  • Grounded outlets
  • Non-grounded outlets
  • Open ground outlets
  • Reversed polarity
  • GFCI outlets
  • AFCI protected outlets
  • Switches
  • 3-way switches
  • Lights
  • Ballasts
  • Dimmers
  • Green Electric concepts
    • Energy star compliant equipment
    • Sealed fixtures
    • IC rated fixtures
    • Solar electric
    • Solar water heating

Plumbing

  • Water meters
  • Main water lateral or service
  • Main valves
  • Water Pressure
  • Pressure regulators
  • Galvanized piping
  • Copper piping
  • Direct connections
  • Dielectric unions
  • Polybutylene (PB)
  • Chlorinated Polyvinyl Chloride (CPVC)
  • Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX)
  • Angles stops
  • Air gaps
  • Vacuum breakers
  • Sewer piping
  • Sewer cleanouts
  • Cast iron
  • ABS
  • Copper
  • Clay
  • Orangeburg
  • Vents
  • Traps
  • Standpipes
  • Receptors
  • Anti siphon
  • Anti scald
  • Green plumbing concepts
    • Grey Water
    • Low flow toilets
    • Low flow shower heads
    • Anti scald valves
    • Anti siphon valves

Water Heaters

  • Seismic restraints
  • TPR valves
  • TPR piping
  • Catch pans
  • Vent piping
  • Bonding
  • Natural gas
  • Electric
  • On-demand tankless
  • Green Water Heating concepts
    • Proper venting
    • Proper combustion air
    • On demand water heater
    • Solar hot water heating

Heating and Cooling

  • Gravity furnaces
  • Forced air furnaces
  • Combustion air requirements
  • Venting
  • Asbestos ductwork
  • Flexible ductwork
  • Cold air returns
  • Filters
  • Electronic filters
  • Wall furnaces
  • Direct vent wall furnaces
  • Electric baseboard heaters
  • Hydronic baseboard heaters
  • Radiant Floor heating
  • Radiant electric ceiling heating
  • Split system A/C
  • Package units
  • Condensate drains
  • Evaporator coils
  • Green Heating and Cooling
    • 90% plus efficacy heating and cooling equipment
    • Energy star rated (review rating carefully)
    • Passive solar
    • Thermal mass
    • High performance glass
    • Reflective roofing
    • HVAC in conditioned space
    • HRV’s
    • ERV’s

Interior

  • Lath and Plaster
  • Button Board
  • Drywall
  • Softwood flooring
  • Hardwood flooring
  • Composite wood flooring
  • Pre-finished wood flooring
  • Tile
  • Stained OSB
  • Slate
  • Bamboo
  • Stone
  • Marble
  • Terrazzo
  • Stained concrete
  • Carpet
  • Vinyl
  • Green Interior Concepts
    • Cork
    • Natural fiber
    • Bamboo
    • Finished slab
    • Low VOC paint
    • Low VOC flooring

Kitchens

  • Warming drawers
  • Warming racks
  • Commercial ranges
  • Range hoods
  • Wine coolers
  • Appliance garages
  • Prep sinks
  • Convection ovens
  • Hot water dispensing
  • Water filtration
  • Microwaves
  • Dishwashers
  • Countertops
  • Garbage disposals
  • Green Kitchen Concepts
    • Recycled content counters
    • Energy star appliances
    • Low VOC cabinet components
    • Effective ventilation
    • Low wattage lighting
    • Composting bins

Bathrooms

  • Ventilation
  • Toilets
  • Bidets
  • Sinks
  • Whirlpools
  • Soaking tubs
  • Saunas
  • Showers
  • Steam rooms
  • Tile
  • Marble
  • Granite
  • Cultured marble
  • Glass block
  • Ventilation
  • Towel warmers
  • Fiberglass shower units
  • Acrylic shower units
  • Bath or shower wall refinishing
  • Shower wall panels
  • Shower enclosures
  • One or two piece shower/tub enclosures
  • Glass panel enclosures
  • Green Bathroom Concepts
    • Recycled content counters
    • Tubular skylights
    • Low sone ventilation
    • Timed ventilation
    • Passive ventilation
    • Low wattage lighting