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If you are purchasing a new home or commercial property then Suffolk County Home Inspections, Inc. is your final step before you go to contract. Having 22 years of hands on experience including residential and commercial inspections, residential and commercial remodeling, new construction, insurance damage appraising and hundreds of hours of continuing education I offer the most extensive home and commercial inspections available. I am also Mold and Air Quality Certified and a member in good standing of The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors and completely adhere to their standards of practice and code of ethics. Having a reputation for quick response, reliability, thoroughness and professionalism I take pride in what I do and encourage my clients to walk the inspections with me so together we can get a valuable orientation to their new home. I will explain how the various systems work, the condition each is in, what maintenance or repairs will be needed over time and what steps they can take to avoid unnecessary problems down the road. By the time the inspection is over you will have received a valuable overview of your home and will be given a computerized written report with pictures reviewing every step of the inspection and all my findings.
I know what a confusing time this is for you. Purchasing a home or commercial property is an exciting time in your life. It's a huge investment in your future and brings out emotions you never knew you had. There is so much going on at one time that things can easily be over looked. A professional inspection of your home is the one thing that will give you peace of mind knowing that what you are buying is what you are getting. Your understanding of the inspection process and findings is also part of that peace of mind.
So when you have found that property of your dreams and are ready to take that next step give me a call. I'm available 7 days a week and in most cases can be there within 24 hours to do the inspection. Don't rush into something until your sure what you are buying is what you are getting. "PEACE OF MIND IS EVERYTHING"
Our Full Inspections include:
· Roof, vents, flashings, and trim.
· Gutters and downspouts.
· Skylight, chimney and other roof penetrations.
· Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings.
· Eaves, soffit and fascia.
· Grading and drainage.
· Basement, foundation and crawlspace.
· Water penetration and foundation movement.
· Heating systems.
· Cooling systems.
· Main water shut off valves.
· Water heating system.
· Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets.
· Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats.
· Electrical service line and meter box.
· Main disconnect and service amperage.
· Electrical panels, breakers and fuses.
· Grounding and bonding.
· GFCIs and AFCI'.
· Fireplace damper door and hearth.
· Insulation and ventilation.
· Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers.
· And much more.
Code of Ethics
The National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) promotes a high standard of professionalism, business ethics and inspection procedures. NACHI members subscribe to the following Code of Ethics in the course of their business.
Duty to the Public
The NACHI member shall abide by the Code of Ethics and substantially follow the NACHI Standards of Practice.
The NACHI member will not engage in any practices that could be damaging to the public or bring discredit to the home inspection industry.
The NACHI member shall be fair, honest, impartial, and act in good faith in dealing with the public.
The NACHI member will not discriminate in any business activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, sexual orientation, or handicap and shall comply with all federal, state and local laws concerning discrimination.
The NACHI member shall be truthful regarding his/her services & qualifications.
The NACHI member will have no undisclosed conflict of interest with the client, nor will the NACHI member accept or offer any undisclosed commissions, rebates, profits or other benefit.
The NACHI member will not communicate any information about an inspection to anyone except the client without the prior written consent of the client, except where it may affect the safety of others or violates a law or statute.
The NACHI member shall always act in the interest of the client, unless doing so violates a law, statute or this Code of Ethics.
The NACHI member shall use a written contract that specifies the services to be performed, limitations of services and fees.
The NACHI member shall comply with all government rules and licensing requirements of the jurisdiction where he/she conducts business.
The NACHI member shall not perform or offer to perform, for an additional fee, any repairs or associated services to structure on which the member or member's company has prepared a home inspection report, for a period of 12 months. This provision shall not include services to components and/or systems which are not included in the NACHI standards of practice.
Duty to Continue Education
The NACHI member will comply with NACHI's current Continuing Education Requirements.
The NACHI member shall pass the NACHI's Online Inspector Exam once every calendar year.
As a certified mold inspector I can identify where mold is present, where it came from, prepare samples for laboratory review and within 48 hours have accurate results detailing the types of mold found and the remediation steps that should be taken. A visual inspection is the initial step in identifying possible contamination problems. It will identify any visible water leaks or moisture stains on ceilings, walls, floors or under counters. The air conditioning and heating systems, the attic and crawl spaces under homes will receive a visual inspection as well. The use of equipment such as a boroscope, to view spaces in ductwork or behind walls, and moisture meters are used to help identify hidden sources of mold growth and the extent of the water damage. Mold sampling will recommend if there is any noticeable mold growth, musty odors, visible water damage or stains, poorly maintained HVAC systems or construction defects. By combining a visual inspection with air, tape or swab sampling, I can help identify the hidden source of mold, allergens and indoor pollutants and the extent of any acute or chronic water or moisture damage. The purpose of air sampling is to determine the type and amount of airborne contamination in a building. Air sampling may be necessary if the presence of mold, allergens or toxins is suspected but can not be identified by a visual inspection. When air sampling is performed both the in door air and out door air are sampled, so the results can be compared to see if a real problem exists. Typically the indoor sample is taken while the heating and/or air conditioning unit is operating which will ensure the interior air is effectively tested. Upon testing completion a written report will be furnished explaining steps to be taken.
Why is mold growing in my home?
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.
Can mold cause health problems?
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. This brochure provides a brief overview; it does not describe all potential health effects related to mold exposure. For more detailed information consult a health professional. You may also wish to consult your state or local health department.
Licensed and insured home inspection company serving all of long island and the 5 boroughs. Mold and air quality certified. License # 16000001668