Most real estate transactions involve at least one additional service. To make it more convenient for you, we offer a complete line of additional services often required or selected by our clients to protect their investment and ensure a healthy home. The services available to you are listed below. Feel free to ask any questions during our consultation to ensure you have selected the right services required by your lender, or those recommended based upon your property.
Often Required/Requested Services
CL-100 Letter (Termite Letter): A CL-100 Report, or termite letter, is a report of visible infestation and damage caused by insects, usually termites or beetles, and moisture that may lead to wood decay in accessible areas of a structure. These reports are often required by the mortgage lender or the buyer in a real estate transaction. Whether you are a buyer, seller or realtor, why take a chance with a minimum required inspection/report for wood destroying organisms.
Radon Gas Testing: While radon testing is not required by law in South Carolina, we recommend testing for radon during real estate transactions to better understand radon levels and lung cancer risk. Luckily, testing a home for radon is easy and can put both the buyer’s and seller’s mind at ease. If a radon test is conducted, it should be done in the basement or lowest livable level of the home. The test requires the placement of a continuous gas monitor for a minimum of 48 hours. Results are provided immediately upon pick-up, followed by a graphical report detailing the data collected.
Septic Dye Test: Septic System Loading and Dye Tests may be requested by certain lenders, and 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. Although this test can often find a costly failure it does not find all possible problems. So by itself a dye test is not indicative of complete condition of the system. On the other hand, we’ve identified so many failed systems with this procedure that it’s well worth performing.
Irrigation Systems (Sprinklers): Sprinkler system leaks and failures can lead to high water bills and potential damage to your new home or property. Before you purchase a home with a sprinkler system, have it inspected. Even though most of the sprinkler system is located underground, a knowledgeable home inspector will assess the sprinkler operation, including a visible inspection of the controllers, connections, sprinkler head locations, pressure differentials, drains, and sensors. Water meters are also inspected as a means of uncovering any possible leaks.
Other Additional Services
Water Quality Testing: Domestic water is generally supplied to a home through public water municipality’s (or water districts) or a private well. Water supplied by public water companies is periodically tested to meet rigid EPA standards and is usually safe to drink and does not pose a health risk. Private water supplies can be safe to drink, but they can also be contaminated, and the only way to tell whether the water is potable and safe to drink is by testing. Generally speaking, a “conventional loan” will only require a Coliform Bacteria test be performed. I concerned, you may want other tests done on the water such as those listed below for FHA and VA loans but they are not required. For FHA and VA loans, the following tests are normally required: Coliform Bacteria, Nitrates, Nitrites, and contaminants of local concern (i.e. pH, Hardness, Lead, Copper, Iron, etc.). An FHA loan may also require a lead in water test be performed.
Indoor Air Quality Testing: Indoor air quality (IAQ) is a term which refers to the air quality within and around buildings and structures, especially as it relates to the health and comfort of building occupants. IAQ can be affected by gases (including carbon monoxide, radon, volatile organic compounds), particulates, microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), or any mass or energy stressor that can induce adverse health conditions. Residential units can further improve indoor air quality by routine cleaning of carpets and area rugs. Determination of IAQ involves the collection of air samplesby the Inspector followed by licensed laboratory analysis.
Thermal Imaging: Infrared (thermal imaging) is an advanced, non-invasive technology that allows the inspector to show clients things about their homes or buildings that can’t be revealed using conventional inspection methods. Ancillary inspection reports are just as important as the reports generated for standard inspections. For something as specialized as a thermal imaging inspection, it’s critical that the information presented meets the clients’ needs for information they can use and act on. 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.
Lead Based Paint: As long as lead paint is in good condition, and the surface hasn’t been broken, the paint doesn’t pose a serious health threat. The problem comes when the lead paint starts deteriorating, when lead dust and flakes of lead paint begin accumulating on surfaces such as window sills, counter tops, and floors, as well as on children’s toys, clothes, and bedding. It can also contaminate soil around the house. Small children, who have a tendency to put their hands and other objects in their mouth, are at an increased risk of accumulating harmful amounts of lead in their bodies.
Methamphetamine Residue Testing: Just like a home has a fire which leaves black snoot everywhere or cigarette smoke which leaves a yellow nicotine film on all the surfaces in a home, methamphetamine when cooked or smoked leaves an invisible film of toxic chemical residue on all the surfaces. Methamphetamine residue cannot be covered over with paint as it can seep back through nor can it be cleaned with household products. Household cleaners are designed for bacteria contamination. The truth is that small, “shake-n-bake” meth operations are everywhere.Even small amounts of meth residue can have serious physical and mental health consequences, especially for small children.
Palmetto Inspections Group LLC dba Pro-Tech Inspections
Dave Adams SC RBI.48921 (864) 386.3810