Buying a new home is one of the largest investments we make. Every time you hire a Total Home Inspector, you’re giving yourself the best information needed to make an informed and safe investment! Whether you are purchasing your first home, or an investment property, having a professional review the home for deficiencies is one of the smartest choices that you can make. As a home inspection company, our goal is to help home buyers make informed decisions by reporting on vital points of every home, including anything that will be a safety or cost concern.
WOOD-DESTROYING ORGANISM (TERMITE):
With every home inspection report, we provide our clients with an additional wood-destroying organism (termite) report. This type of report gives you an evaluation of any past or present WDO activity, as well as any evidence of live or dead WDO's on-site. Both reports will be in PDF format for easy access and emailed directly to our client.
Termites are prevalent in the state of New York and knowing of any past or present termite activity in or around your potential home is extremely necessary to determine your decision. We do our best to observe and report on anything that will either cost our clients money or anything that is deemed unsafe. This is why we believe providing a WDO report is essential for anyone purchasing real estate.
Radon Gas Testing:
Well Flow Testing:
Septic Dye Testing:
Water Quality Testing:
Radon is a dangerous, radioactive gas that could be present in your home. Radon exposure is one of the leading causes of lung cancer, and steps can be taken to help ensure your family is not at risk. We at Total Home Inspectors offer radon testing for all clients, helping keep families informed and safe. All radon samples take at least 48 hours to collect, and laboratory analysis is conducted for every sample taken. More information on Radon and testing can be found here: New York State Department of Health - Radon Info.
Especially important for homes that derive their water from private wells, we offer the testing of your water quality to help ensure your water is safe! Testing for harmful bacteria like Coliform & E. Coli, toxic chemicals like Nitrates and Nitrites, and dangerous metals like lead – Total Home Inspectors helps keep you informed and your family safe! More information on private well testing and maintenance can be found here: New York State Department of Health - Private Wells Info.
We offer to test your well’s flow rate to determine how much water in gallons per minute (GPM) can be derived from your residential well. This is important to know to ensure that all appliances and fixtures can receive an adequate supply of water from your well, in accordance with your normal routine. For example, it might be common for you to take a shower while running the washing machine, and somebody turns on the dishwasher, you want to make sure that there is no issue in pumping the amount of water needed out of the well to each appliance/faucet on time. Knowing your well’s flow rate in GPM can keep you informed of any limitations you may have to deal with. More information on a well's yield, water demand, and storage can be found here: New York State Department of Health - Individual Water Supply Wells Info.
We offer our Thermal Imaging Services to add an extra layer of investigation to any inspection. Thermal Imaging can help detect areas in the home that may lack insulation, which contributes to a loss of heating & cooling efficiency, costing you extra money every year. Thermal Imaging can also help spot active water leaks behind drywall or in-ceiling spaces, which normally may be out of view to the naked eye. Thermal Imaging uses an infrared camera to detect a subject’s heat signature, providing results that are displayed as an image with a temperature-related color gradient for easy visualization. More information on thermal imaging inspections can be found here: Thermographic Inspections by Energy.gov.
Performing a dye test is a non-invasive way of inspecting the functionality of your septic system. This test can provide an indication that there is an issue with the functionality of your septic system, which could be creating a potentially unsafe situation in immediate need of correction. We at Total Home Inspectors offer Septic Dye Testing for all clients with a septic system involved with their potential home. More information on septic systems and maintenance can be found here: New York State Department of Health - Septic Systems and Maintenance.
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