We offer a wide array of services:
- Home and Building Inspections
- Radon Testing
- Septic Load & Dye Test
- Water Quality Analysis
There are three main types of home inspections—and I do them all. Whether you’re looking to purchase a home, sell a home or build a home, an inspection is crucial to ensuring all the facts are known in advance.
A home inspection is a visual process where all of the items within the home are tested and/or operated to verify proper operation or installation. Doors and windows are opened and closed, roofing materials inspected, air-conditioning and heating systems operated. I will fill the sinks and tub(s), run the shower(s), and flush the toilets. All the while making notes on the condition and operation of the components tested. Upon completion a report will be distributed to you.
Listing inspections are very helpful for the homeowner who may not be in tune with the true condition of their home. A great many sales are cancelled due to the buyer’s shock at the “functional condition” of the home. It may look great, but have serious technical, safety, or functional issues present without the owner’s knowledge. Having the home inspected prior to placing on the market is the ideal way to identify issues and determine whether you want to fix the problem or simply disclose it to the potential buyers. Obviously, repairing the items would be the most beneficial towards completing the sale. However, there may be financial reasons where the owner chooses not to make the repairs.
New Construction Inspections
New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through with the builder’s customer service representative or superintendent. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on, either by you or the builder depending on the builder’s policy. The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. Once the inspection is complete, we will provide you with a detailed report outlining all findings.
Yearly Maintenance Inspections
Longs GCS Corp. Home Inspection Service can perform yearly maintenance inspections for your home to find defects early and save you time and money by preventing small repairs from becoming expensive large repairs. By having a preventative maintenance inspection performed yearly, your repair costs will drop from year to year. There will most likely always be repairs to be made, this is a part of being a home owner but don’t let a small repair become bigger. Here is a example—One loose or missing roof shingle repair cost may be around 100.00 if repaired quickly. If you let it go the wood will rot and water will leak into the house creating many repairs such as wall repairs, mold and structure defects. In a home, very few things are maintenance free. While it is a bitter pill for most homeowners to swallow, the fact is that preventative maintenance, with all the time and money it consumes, is still far more cost effective than the crisis management approach of waiting until something breaks and then scrambling to have it repaired. Preventative maintenance can avoid repairs, extend the life expectancy of many components and in some cases, reduce energy consumption.
Regardless of the type of inspection, here’s what we’ll examine:
Structural components: foundation, floors, walls, ceilings, roof.
Exterior components: siding, flashing, trim, exterior doors, attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings, eaves, soffits, and fascias where accessible from the ground level, vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building, adjacent or entryway walkways, patios, and driveways.
Roofing: roofing materials, roof drainage systems, flashing, skylights, chimneys, and roof penetrations. Plumbing: interior water supply and distribution systems including all fixtures and faucets, drain, waste, and vent systems including all fixtures, water heating equipment and hot water supply system, vent systems, flues, and chimneys, fuel storage and fuel distribution systems, drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping.
Electrical: service drop, service entrance conductors, cables, and raceways, service equipment and main disconnects, service grounding, interior components of service panels and sub panels, conductors, overcurrent protection devices, a representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles, ground fault circuit interrupters.
Heating: open readily openable access panels, installed heating equipment, vent systems, flues, and chimneys, describe energy sources & heating systems.
Air Conditioning: open readily openable access panels, central and through wall equipment, distribution systems, describe energy sources & cooling systems. Interiors: walls, ceilings, and floors, steps, stairways, and railings, countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets, a representative number of doors and windows, garage doors and garage door operators.
Insulation & Ventilation: insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, ventilation of attics and foundation areas, mechanical ventilation systems, describe the absence of insulation in unfinished spaces at conditioned surfaces.
Fireplaces & solid fuel burning appliances: system components, chimney and vents, describe fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances, chimneys.
Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in America and claims about 20,000 lives annually. Longs GCS is certified by the National Radon Safety Board and can test your home for Radon – It’s easy and inexpensive!
Septic System Loading and Dye Tests often requested by certain lenders, involve flushing a special dye down a toilet or other drain combined with a known quantity of water sufficient to put a working load on the absorption system. If waste water leaks to the ground surface (an unsanitary condition indicating serious septic failure) one may find dye in that water provided the septic system is flowing at common rates.
Total Coliform: Coliform bacteria are used to indicate the sanitary quality of drinking water. The presence of Coliform Organisms in drinking water would usually suggest that surface waters are getting into the well water and creating unsanitary conditions. Once Coliform levels become detectable in 100mL of sample, anyone using the water for drinking increases their chances of getting ill.
Basic Profile: Total Coliform, Conductivity, TDS, pH, Hardness, Lead, Copper, & Iron
Putnam County Profile: Total Coliform, Alkalinity, Nitrate, Nitrite, Manganese, Sodium, Lead, Turbidity, Iron plus Manganese, pH, Iron, & Hardness.
Westchester County Well Profile:Total Coliform, E Coli, Nitrate, Arsenic, Lead, Vinyl Chloride, MTBE, POC’s, Iron, Manganese, Sodium, Chloride, & PH