Residential Home Inspection
If you are looking to buy or sell your home, it is imperative that you have a professional home inspection. A home inspection covers every aspect of a property’s condition and can alert you of existing or potential problems. Residential home inspections are also essential for sellers before their home hits the market to ensure they are not blind sided by a deal breaking defect. Home inspections can also reveal issues a builder needs to fix prior to the expiration of their 1 year warranty on new home construction. We offer a variety of home inspection packages for existing homes, condos, new construction, and pre-listing of properties.
Whether you’re preparing your home to be sold or getting ready to make an offer on a home, it’s important to know if you’re dealing with a termite problem. During a termite inspection, our trained termite and pest control specialists will inspect your home for termite damage and signs of previous termite treatments. Once the termite inspection is complete, you will receive a detailed report with information about our findings. If a termite issue is discovered, it can be treated or you can negotiate your offer appropriately.
Sewer inspections with a sewer camera should be done on all homes. It is recommended for all homes built before 1980. With this type of inspection, we are able to detect damaged pipes, signs of extreme corrosion, blockages and more. A sewer scope is included on all our premium home inspection packages.
We incorporate infrared technology in all our inspections. Thermal imaging can reveal issues and defects not recognizable by the naked eye. Our standard home inspection includes a thermal image of the electrical distribution panel to determine if any of the electrical components are emitting heat and likely to fail in the near future.
A full thermal imaging review of all living areas is included in our premium home inspection package. This review can identify temperature differentials of building materials which could indicate a concern such as an active water leak or lack of insulation.
Irrigation systems have become more common and these systems are an integral part of any landscape plan. We can inspect these systems to ensure they are functioning properly. Our sprinkler inspection includes an examination and operation of the timer, backflow preventer, sprinkler valves (if accessible), and sprinkler heads. We also include a link to the timer’s owner manual. Sprinkler system inspections are available as an add-on service to an existing home inspection.
If your property includes detached buildings, we can inspect those as well! Whether the detached building includes utilities services or not, this inspection can be included as an add-on service to an existing inspection.
In most rural areas, septic systems serve as the on-site waste treatment system. These systems must be properly maintained on a regular basis to ensure their continued function and reliability. Septic system inspections are available as an add-on service to an existing inspection.
Swimming pools and spas can be enjoyable additions to any home. For prospective home buyers of properties with pool and/ or spas, these systems should also be inspected for safety and function. Not only should the pool and it’s equipment be inspected for proper operation, but the equipment should also be inspected to ensure it conforms to the proper safety parameters. Other pool and spa concerns include needed repairs or improvements to pumps and heaters, liners, plumbing problems, pool barriers, decking and more.
Mold is all around us. It’s in the air and can be found on plants, foods, dry leaves, and other organic materials. Mold spores enter the home through doorways, windows, and heating and air conditioning systems. Spores also enter the home on animals, clothing, shoes, and people.
When mold spores drop where there is excessive moisture in your home, they will grow. Common problem sites include humidifiers, leaky roofs and pipes, overflowing sinks, bath tubs and plant pots, steam from cooking, wet clothes drying indoors, dryers exhausting indoors, or where there has been flooding.
A Mold Inspection will verify that the air in your home isn’t contaminated with harmful contaminants that can harm you or your family. Inspection Brothers has trained inspectors that know exactly what to look for when inspecting a home for mold. Indoor and outdoor air samples will be sent for analysis and when your mold inspection is complete, you’ll receive a detailed report and our inspector will talk through any mold or other issues they may find during their Mold Inspection. If apparent mold growth is found, additional samples can be obtained and analyzed as part of the inspection process.
Lead Paint Testing
If your home was built before 1978, it is more likely to have lead based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned consumer uses of lead based paint, but some states banned it even earlier. Lead paint is still present in millions of homes, sometimes under layers of newer paint. If there is a concern about the use of lead based paint in your home, paint and soil samples are taken and sent to a lab for testing.
Water Well/Water Quality Inspections
When buying a home with a private well, your home inspection should include a well system check up to ensure the well is in good working order and the quality of the water produced meets health standards.
A well and water line inspection involves: Testing the water for any type of bacteria and inspecting the well’s equipment to determine if it is operating properly. We also provide a concise, clear, written report explaining results and recommendations for your well and provide all laboratory and other test results.
Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after cigarette smoking. If you smoke and live in a home with high radon levels, you increase your risk of developing lung cancer. Having your home tested is the only effective way to determine whether you and your family are at risk of high radon exposure. We use liquid scintillation detectors to test for radon and results are available within 2 days after they are collected from your home.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral composed of soft and flexible fibers that are resistant to heat, electricity, and corrosion. These qualities make the mineral useful, but they also make asbestos exposure highly toxic. When asbestos dust is inhaled or ingested, mineral fibers can become permanently trapped in the body. Over decades, trapped asbestos fibers can cause inflammation, scarring and eventually, genetic damage. A rare and aggressive cancer called mesothelioma is almost exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. We can test any suspected material to determine if asbestos is present.
Meet the owners
Scott Brown and Steve Brown, the owners of Inspection Brothers LLC, perform professional home inspections in NE Oklahoma and SE Kansas.
Steve Brown Lic #70002200
Scott Brown Lic. # 70002220