Many people ask what type of home inspection do I need and that answer varies based on the type, age, and location of the home you are planning to inspect. First it’s important to know what type of inspections are available. First and foremost is the General Home Inspection which covers the exterior, roof, foundation, interior, plumbing, electrical, HVAC and all other systems of the home. Some properties, usually condominiums may only require an interior inspection which saves time and money and does not inspect the exterior or systems that may be the full responsibility of the association. In addition to the home inspection there are several inspections and tests including but not limited to Radon Testing, Sewer Scope Testing, Lead Based Paint Testing, Mold Testing, Well Testing, and Wood Destroying Organism Inspections just to name a few.
Mold tests are non evasive and should be done when visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is, there have been plumbing leaks or water issues and there is a suspicion that elevated mold may exist in the air and/or behind walls.
Any home built before 1978 potentially contains lead based paint. The effects of lead based paint on human health have been well studied and testing for it especially in a home with children is critical. The material is collected and tested to determine lead content. Results are typically available in 48 hours.
Data collected by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) indicates that approximately 50% of homes in Colorado have radon levels higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). Radon levels can be high in all homes regardless of age or foundation type. The only way to know if your home has high levels of radon is to test! The test is inexpensive and takes 48 hours.
A Sewer Scope Inspection is another important inspection especially for homes that are older than 25 years and critical for homes older than 50 years old. At that point roots and major blockages could be an expensive issue. The test is inexpensive and quick
In rural areas where water is not provided by a municipality you should consider having the water flow tested to determine if the water supply will meet the needs of the household. In addition to functional tests, potability tests are important to determine the quality of the water. Potability test2s look for copper, iron, lead, nitrates, nitrites, bacteria and also toxins from fertilizers or pesticides.
To speak to a certified expert and determine your individual inspection needs please call Superior Inspections 720.699.9721