Carson Dunlop can arrange inspection services for you that go beyond a home inspection — performed by selected specialists
To arrange any of these inspections,
call us at 800-268-7070
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HEALTHY HOME PACKAGE
This includes a mould inspection and asbestos testing services performed by an environmental scientist. Mould inspection is a complete visual investigation of the entire home from basement to attic for signs of water intrusion and mould growth. Moisture readings are collected throughout the home. Two indoor air samples and one outdoor reference air sample are collected. Should visible mould growth be identified, a surface sample will also be collected. The results of the investigation air samples and surface sample are provided in a comprehensive report in 2 to 3 business days.
The asbestos inspection includes a visual inspection of the home and a laboratory test of samples to determine if asbestos is present in building materials including flooring, plaster, pipe insulation and duct wrap. Samples are tested and results are documented in the report.
SEWER CAMERA INSPECTION
This inspection is important for older homes and homes with mature trees. A sewer video scan includes an inspection of the sewer pipes below the basement floor and out to the city sewer, checking for tree roots and other obstructions, misalignment, damage and collapse. A video recording of the inspection is provided with on-screen narration explaining the findings.
THERMAL IMAGING INSPECTION
Moisture is the No. 1 enemy of homes and if not addressed, can lead to many problems including mould and structural damage.
Thermal imaging inspections are performed by Carson Dunlop inspectors who have been trained to follow a specific protocol for moisture screening. They are typically performed in conjunction with an inspection. A thermal imaging inspection includes a scan using professional infrared cameras that meet standards for government inspections (National Master Specification NMS 022713). Anomalies identified with the camera are backed up with moisture meter readings.
WOOD-BURNING APPLIANCE INSPECTION
This inspection helps ensure that wood-burning stoves and fireplaces and their chimneys are installed properly and will operate safely. Many insurance companies require such an inspection if there is a wood stove in the home. The inspection is performed by a WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) certified professional. Please reference this article for a detailed summary on WETT inspections.
This audit helps people conserve energy, optimize their indoor comfort, increase the value of their home and reduce their environmental footprint.
We offer two packages:
This is a visual assessment of the well or cistern and related components to verify that they are functioning properly. When possible, well drawdown and recovery tests are performed to ensure an acceptable water flow rate into the home can be achieved and if there is any likelihood of the well running dry under normal operating conditions. It includes a certificate of potability (bacteria testing) from an independent laboratory. The inspection also includes onsite water testing for parameters such as hardness, pH, nitrates/nitrites, lead and several others. Where a well record is available, it will be provided with the report. This inspection can be combined with a Septic System inspection.
SEPTIC SYSTEM INSPECTION
This is an inspection of the septic system for function and capacity. The inspection includes removal of the tank lid(s) and inspection of the tank itself including sludge and scum measurements to determine if a pump out is required (pump out not included in pricing). The septic system is load tested (running water in the home to simulate typical usage) including a tracer dye test to ensure proper draining into the leaching field. Where possible, a sewer camera is inserted into the outlet pipe of the septic tank out to the distribution box to check for proper draining and obstructions. Where possible a test pit is dug into the leaching field to check for proper draining and soil conditions. Advice is provided on proper use, care and maintenance. This inspection can be combined with a Well Inspection.
Beyond home inspections
A Technical Audit has a much broader scope than a home inspection. The Audit uses a team of specialists who go into more detail than a home inspector, in much the same way that medical specialists go into more detail than a doctor who is a general practitioner. Specialists may take things apart or perform tests that home inspectors cannot.
Technical audits generally take several weeks and the fees are $10,000 and up, depending on the scope of the inspection.