WE TAKE THE TIME TO DO THE JOB RIGHT.
At English’s Inspection Service, we spend time with you, clearly explaining our home inspection findings. We give you real answers that can help you make an informed decision. We understand how important a real estate purchase is to you, and how important it is to find the right home inspector.
EASY-TO-READ INSPECTION REPORTS
Once our thorough home inspection is complete, within 24-48 hours we will E-mail the completed report to you and anyone else you request. The home inspection report is easy to read and understand, and we don’t consider a job to be complete until all your questions are answered.
INDEPENDENT HOME INSPECTORS
At English’s Inspection Service, we don’t answer to anyone but you. We do not have any personal relationships with real estate agencies, mortgage brokers, or anyone involved in the real estate industry. We are completely independent. This is how we can honestly say that we operate with integrity.
Our home inspectors are not only experienced in structure, HVAC, plumbing, and electrical service; they are also great communicators. Our professional home inspectors are friendly, approachable, and well-spoken. Call us today and experience the difference for yourself. (304) 670-2537
WHY CHOOSE US?
· Residential property inspections,
· Pre-sale & Pre-listing
· Commercial Inspections
· Wood-destroying Insect inspections
· Radon testing
· Mold testing
· Lead Paint testing
· Asbestos testing
· Other environmental testing
STRUCTURE & FOUNDATION
· Vegetation & Foundation
· Structural Components
· Grading & Drainage
· Decks, Porches, & Patios
· Walkways & Driveways
· Walls, Floors, & Ceilings
· Windows & Doors
· Garages & Fireplaces
· Roof and Its Components
· Outlet and Wiring Testing
· Electrical Panels
· Outlets (GFCIs & AFCUs)
· Electrical Fixture switches
· Grounding & Bonding
· Electrical Service Entrance
· Breakers & Fuses
· Electrical Wiring
· Water Service Type
· Main water shut off valves
· Water Pressure
· Faucets (Interior & Exterior)
· Water Heater System
· Toilets & Bidets
· Drains and Traps
Complete home inspections include site, exterior, roofing, structure, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, bathrooms, kitchen, laundry, interior, and garage.
HOME & COMMERCIAL INSPECTIONS
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“English's is extremely professional and helpful! This is my first time buying a home and they answered all of my questions and provided a thorough inspection. I couldn't be happier with the services and warranties they provide, and Keith was great to work with! I highly recommend English's Inspection Service!” --Katie K
Molds are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, molds play a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter such as fallen leaves and dead trees, but indoors, mold growth should be avoided. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores; the spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. Mold may begin growing indoors when mold spores land on surfaces that are wet. There are many types of mold, and none of them will grow without water or moisture.
Molds are usually not a problem indoors, unless mold spores land on a wet or damp spot and begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions), irritants, and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash (dermatitis). Allergic reactions to mold are common. They can be immediate or delayed. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Symptoms other than the allergic and irritant types are not commonly reported as a result of inhaling mold. Research on mold and health effects is ongoing.
Professional mold testing will give you access to a thorough report of what types of mold might be present in your home.
TERMITES: The Eastern subterranean termite is the most common and widely distributed termite in the US, commonly found in all eastern states. Our Tri-state area is considered a high-risk area for termites.
Termites construct airtight mud tunnels when they must leave the soil to get to a food source. These mud tunnels are thin (about the size of a cocktail straw). The mud tunnels will be attached to concrete or concrete block walls, over and around metal termite barriers, plastic, etc. They can construct these mud tunnels as free-standing structures from the ground to a wood food source.
In nature, subterranean termites are closely associated with the soil habitat where they tunnel to locate water and food. Termites excavate galleries throughout their food as they consume it. They conceal their workings and can completely honeycomb wood by feeding along the grain and following the softer spring wood, leaving little more than a thin wooden exterior.
Nationwide, treatment and prevention of subterranean termite infestations costs approximately $2 billion per year.
CARPENTER ANTS: The black carpenter ant is a common invader of homes in the northeastern US. In their natural habitat, carpenter ants aid in the decomposition of dead, decaying trees. They normally nest in logs, stumps, and hollow trees. However, the large, dark-colored workers often invade homes in search of food. These ants seldom tunnel into dry, sound wood, but they may excavate moist, rotting wood and other soft materials (such as foamed plastic insulation board) to make satellite nests. Homes built in wooded areas are especially subject to infestation.
Carpenter ants do not eat wood but instead construct their nests in wood such as hollow trees, stumps, logs, posts, landscaping timbers, and the lumber used in homes and other structures. Nests are made by chewing an interconnecting series of tunnels and cavities. Wood is removed as coarse sawdust-like material that is pushed from the nest.
The U.S. Surgeon General recommends that all homes in the U.S. be tested for radon. If your house has a radon problem, you can take steps to fix it to protect yourself and your family.
Radon is a naturally occurring gas that is a known carcinogen. Elevated radon levels in the home are the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. That is the reason so many buyers and home owners want to know the levels in their homes. Elevated radon levels are easily mitigated and brought down to safe levels. There is no such thing as a home with a “zero” radon level.
Radon gas comes from the decay of uranium that is found in nearly all soils. Radon gas is colorless, odorless, and without taste. The presence of radon in a home cannot be detected by human senses. The only way to know if your home contains radon gas is to test. The EPA recommends that homes with high Radon concentration above 4 pCi/L be mitigated. There are many straight-forward reduction techniques that will work in almost any home.
You cannot predict radon levels based on state, local, and neighborhood radon measurements. Do not rely on radon test results taken in other homes in the neighborhood to estimate the radon level in your home. Homes which are next to each other can have different radon levels. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon level.
Within a given area, the inspection fee may vary depending on a number of factors such as the size of the house, its age, and possibly other factors. It also depends on the inspector’s qualifications, such as a Certified Home Inspector, number of completed inspections, years in the profession, membership in several professional organizations, and hours of continuing education each year.
The cost should not be a factor in deciding whether or not to have a home inspection, or in the selection of your home inspector. The sense of security and knowledge gained from an inspection is well worth the cost, and the lowest-priced inspection is not necessarily a bargain. Use the recommendations from your banker or lending institution, insurance agent, appraiser, attorney, friends, and/or Realtor as a guide to find a qualified Home Inspector.
Buying a home could be the largest single investment a person will ever make. To minimize unpleasant surprises and unexpected difficulties, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the house before you buy it. A home inspection may identify the need for major repairs, as well as the need for maintenance to keep it in good shape. After the inspection, you will know more about the house, which will allow you to make decisions with confidence. The value of the inspection and report can be measured by its usefulness. If the inspection turns up little wrong with the house, you've bought some relatively inexpensive peace of mind. If the inspection finds serious problems, your report could end up saving you many thousands of dollars.
Call us at 304-670-2537 about pricing and the FREE warranties for the dream house you've found. We'll help you make sure it's the home of your dreams!