Home Inspection Service | Onalaska, WI & Surrounding Communities
Residential & Commercial Property Inspections, Buyer & Seller Inspections, Radon Testing, Thermal Imaging Inspections
Basic Home Inspection
Exterior Home Inspection:
- roof inspection (roof coverings, exterior chimney chase and cap inspection, flashings, valleys, drip edge, skylights, vents, plumbing vents)
- siding, trim, paint,and caulk inspection, exterior window and entrance door inspection, service/electrical entry, and any attachments
- landscaping inspection, drainage inspections, grading inspections
- gutter & downspout inspection, soffit & fascia systems
- driveway inspection, patio and decks inspection, porch inspection, service sidewalks
Interior Home Inspection:
- HVAC system inspection (ductwork, furnace, air filtration parts, air conditioner and components, CO detection)
- Plumbing system inspection (water heater, baths and showers, fixtures, hose bibs, toliets, sinks, waste pipes, water supply lines, water main entry)
- Electrical systems inspection
- Interior (wall, floor, ceiling inspection, interior window inspection, smoke detector, CO detector, stairs, attic structure and ventilation, cabinets, countertops, and built in appliances)
- Basement & Crawlspace (foundation, floor joists, beams, posts, structure, subfloor, drainage, sump pit and pumps)
New Home/Draw Inspection
- New home construction can be stressful in several ways. Let me take the most stressful aspect of it away by monitoring the construction process at various phases of building to make sure it is being built correctly. A objective third party inspecting your home being built is inexpensive, can save you money from costly mistakes, and gives you peace of mind knowing your dream home was built right.
- Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it’s always a good idea to have a professional home inspection to help you prepare and disclose any hidden issues that may arise when the buyer has their inspection preformed. My inspection report will help you identify the safety hazards, defects, and improvements that are needed which must be immediately addressed and which can wait. The more knowledge you have about your home, the more time you will have to fix the issues and prepared you will be for negotiation.
Radon gas is an invisible, odorless gas that is produced by the normal breakdown of uranium in the soil. Although some regions of the U.S.have higher levels of radon, elevated levels have been found in homes in all 50 states, and around the world.
48 hr electronic continuous radon measurement with a graph displaying the results from each hour measured, if it has been tampered with, and quick results for real estate transactions.
Mold Inspection & Testing
Molds are fungi that can be found both indoors and outdoors. No one knows how many species of fungi exist but estimates range from tens of thousands to perhaps three hundred thousand or more. Molds grow best in warm, damp, and humid conditions, and spread and reproduce by making spores. Mold spores can survive harsh environmental conditions, such as dry conditions, that do not support normal mold growth. Some people are sensitive to molds. For these people, exposure to molds can cause symptoms such as nasal stuffiness, eye irritation, wheezing, or skin irritation. Some people, such as those with serious allergies to molds, may have more severe reactions. Molds are found in virtually every environment and can be detected, both indoors and outdoors, year round. Mold growth is encouraged by warm and humid conditions. Outdoors they can be found in shady, damp areas or places where leaves or other vegetation is decomposing. Indoors they can be found where humidity levels are high, such as basements or showers. Correcting the water problem and cleaning the mold will usually take care of the problem but larger mold issues should be evaluated and remidiated by a professional.
Why You Should Have A Mold Inspection
- There are two goals of a mold inspection. The first is to find if and where mold is growing in your home. The second is to find the water problem which caused the mold to grow in the first place.
- The obvious reason to have a mold inspection is if you think you have a mold problem in your home. Even if you already know where mold is growing in your home it is a good idea to perform a mold inspection since visible mold growth often means there is more mold growing somewhere out of view.
- A mold Inspection/test gives you a snapshot of the amount of mold particles in a certain area at a certain time. But the amount of mold spores fluctuates over time and from place to place.
- Because of this it’s a good idea to test at several different times and in different locations in your home. This way you will get a more complete and accurate picture of the mold problem in your home.
Types of Mold Tests
- Air testing
- Surface testing
- Bulk testing
The art of an IR inspection is to interpret the results as accurately and reasonably as possible such that the client is given actionable information in order to proceed with necessary repairs.
An Inspector should:
- Explain the limitations of thermal imaging, including the fact that, as with any type of inspection, it can’t predict future conditions. However, a roof that is experiencing moisture intrusion which has been detected through thermal imaging will very likely lead to serious structural issues, if left unaddressed.
- Explain the capabilities of thermal imaging and how it can benefit your clients. Do you have marketing materials to give your clients that outline the various conditions that can be detected through infrared technology?
An infrared inspection can identify and document moisture intrusion, energy loss, and even unexpected hot spots.
In terms of energy loss, an IR camera can detect:
- heat loss and air infiltration in walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors;
- damaged and/or malfunctioning radiant heating systems;
- air-conditioner compressor leaks;
- under-fastening and/or missing framing members, and other structural defects that can lead to energy loss; and
- broken seals in double-paned windows.
In terms of detecting moisture intrusion, an IR camera can locate:
- plumbing leaks;
- hidden roof leaks before they cause serious damage;
- missing, damaged and/or wet insulation; and
- water and moisture intrusion around penetrations and at the foundation and building envelope that could lead to structural damage and mold.
IR cameras are equally effective at locating hot spots in the home, including:
- circuit breakers in need of immediate replacement;
- overloaded and undersized circuits;
- overheated electrical equipment and components; and
- electrical faults before they cause a fire.
Additionally, based on the color gradients that thermal images provide, an inspector can locate:
- possible pest infestation, as revealed by energy loss through shelter tubes left by boring wood-destroying insects;
- the presence of intruders, such as rats, mice and other larger pests hiding within the structure and detected because of their heat signature that the IR camera captures; and
- dangerous flue leaks, which can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning of the home’s residents.
WDO (Wood Destroying Organsim) Inspections
There are many different reasons a person might want to get an inspection to ensure that his or her house is clear of wood-destroying organisms (also known as WDOs). A trained and experienced inspector visually inspects the structure looking for any evidence of current or past termite activity and noting any conducive conditions on the property. Although termites are the main type of wood destroying organism that causes damage, Advanced Home Inspections inspects for the following organisms during the WDO and termite inspection in the Coulee Region and surrounding areas.
- Termites—Eastern Subterranean and Formosans
- Wood-destroying fungi
- Wood-destroying beetles—wood boring beetles, powder post beetles
- Carpenter ants
Termites tend to form large colonies and can cause thousands of dollars in damages if not controlled. By having a thorough WDO inspection by a professional WDO inspector you can ensure your home is clear of termite activity; in the event termite activity is found we will refer you a licensed pest control professional.
Homeowners who are selling their homes are often required to get WDO inspections performed on their properties.
Up to 0-1500 Sq ft
>2000 sq ft $350
>2500 sq ft $375
Above 2500 sq ft Call
Interior & exterior thorough evaluation, Thermal imaging, Plumbing systems, Electrical systems, HVAC systems, Gas leak detection,Combustion test of gas fired appliances, Basic operation of appliances (stove, Microhood, dishwasher, etc)
$50 off with home inspection
FREE with home inspection
$175 off with home inspection
Wood Destroying Insects
$25 off with home inspection