Specialty Inspections

For elements outside of a traditional home inspection, Carson Dunlop has you covered

Mould & Asbestos


  • A thorough mould inspection of the entire home from basement to attic, looking for signs of water intrusion and mould growth.
  • Moisture readings are collected throughout the home, including 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.


  • Asbestos test performed by an environmental scientist.  
  • 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

  • Important for older homes and homes with mature trees. 
  • Includes a video inspection of the sewer pipes below the basement floor and out to the city sewer
  • Checks 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 often the #1 issue with homes. If not addressed, it can lead to many problems including mould and structural damage. 

  • Thermal imaging inspections are performed by specially trained Carson Dunlop inspectors who follow specific protocols for moisture screening.  
  • Includes a scan using professional infrared cameras that meet standards for government inspections (National Master Specification NMS 022713).  
  • Issues identified with the camera are backed up with moisture meter readings.

 Well Inspection

  • Includes 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.
  • Includes a certificate of potability (bacteria testing) from an independent laboratory. 
  • 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

Your inspection includes: 
  • A thorough inspection of the septic system for function and capacity 
  • 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 
  • 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. 

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 this inspection when there is a wood stove in the home. 
  • The inspection is performed by a WETT (Wood Energy Technology Transfer) certified professional. 

Technical Audit

Going far beyond the traditional home inspection 

  • A team of specialists go into much more detail than a home inspector – similar to how a medical specialist goes into more detail than a general practitioner.  
  • Specialists may take things apart or perform tests that traditional home inspectors cannot 
  • These technical audits generally take several weeks, depending on the scope of the inspection. 

Call 1-800-268-7070 or email us to book any specialty inspection