Q. What is a home or building inspection?
A. It’s the process we use to examine and observe the interior and exterior of your property. We look at the grounds, structure and mechanical systems from every perspective to identify any structure defects, broken or obsolete components and damage due to water, wear and tear or other conditions.
Q. Why should I get a home inspection?
A. As a seller, a pre-listing inspection can help identify problems so they don’t hold up the sales process later on.
As a buyer, the purchase of a home or commercial building is one of the largest single investments you will ever make. You should know as much as possible – both indoors and out – in terms of current condition and future repairs and maintenance that may be required. Our detailed inspection will provide you with recommendations on preventive measures you can take to avoid future expensive repairs. There’s no such thing as a home that is too new or too well built to benefit from a professional inspection. Many of the problems frequently encountered after a new owner moves in are a routine discovery for a qualified home inspector.
After the property inspection, you should have a much clearer understanding of the property you are about to purchase, and be able to make your decision confidently.
Q. What is home performance?
A. Home performance is the belief that buildings can and should be made safe, comfortable, durable, and energy-efficient. Putting building performance into practice requires a whole-house perspective. As a BPI certified building analyst, I measure, calculate, and analyze a home or building, which allows me to better understand the way your specific structure works and operates and make appropriate recommendations for improvement.
Q. What is a Blower Door test and what does it do?
A. A blower door is a diagnostic tool designed to measure the air tightness of buildings and to help locate air leakage sites. A blower-door system includes three components: a calibrated fan, a door-panel system, and a device to measure fan flow and building pressure. The blower-door fan is temporarily sealed into an exterior doorway using the door-panel system. The fan is used to blow air into or out of the building, which creates a small pressure difference between inside and outside. This pressure difference forces air through all holes and penetrations in the building enclosure. The tighter the building (e.g. fewer holes), the less air is needed from the blower door fan to create a change in building pressure. Performing a blower door test on your home allows us to identify where the air leakage is occuring and enables us to provide you recommendations of how to seal off these holes.
Q. What is air sealing?
A. Air Sealing is closing holes, cracks, and gaps where air can pass into or out of your home. Blocking and sealing air leaks is critical to the overall efficiency of your home and will make your current insulation, windows, furnace and air conditioner perform more efficiently. Air leakage, or infiltration, occurs when outside air enters a house uncontrollably through cracks and openings. Properly sealing cracks and openings can significantly reduce heating and cooling costs, improve building durability, and create a healthier indoor environment. It is unwise to rely on air leakage for ventilation because it can’t be controlled. During cold or windy weather, too much air may enter the house. When it’s warmer and less windy, not enough air may enter. Air infiltration also can contribute to problems with moisture control. Moldy and dusty air can enter a leaky house through such areas as attics or foundations. This air in the house could cause health problems.