Why order additional Tests/Inspections?
What are some examples?
This guide is intended to help inform buyers how to make the most of their due diligence time and money. Everyone knows that a Home Inspection is a must when buying a house but what about some of the lesser known tests and inspections? The lender may require the buyer to order them but what if they don't? Read on to learn more about Radon, & Water Testing, and Pest, Well, Septic, & Chimney Inspections.
SEPTIC TANK INSPECTION
Cost: $299 additional $300-400 with pump depending on location (optional)
Recommended for any house with a septic tank system- especially recommended for older systems or when there recent maintenance records aren't provided or found.
Components inspected: main waste line before and after tank, septic tank (we access both lids), distribution box, drain field, and related components if present (pump tank, control panel, etc...)
SEWER SCOPE INSPECTION
Cost: $149 with inspection $199 without includes push camera with sonde and locator. Includes report with photos/video.
Recommended for any house with older sewer lines to the street or main- older materials are cast iron, clay, orangeburg or older plastic. Also recommended when problems are suspected or there are mature trees/shrubs between the homes and the street.
RADON TEST (Certified, Independent testing)
Most home buyers order a radon test with a home inspection. because radon gas is a thing in our region- it comes from decaying Uranium in our mountains. Radon is a heavy radioactive gas that seeps up into our living area and emits alpha particles. Almost all houses in our area have some level of radon gas in the home but we are looking for a high average-- we are seeing that about 13% of the results are high. The EPA says that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. The repair usually costs between $1100-1500 and it is generally a good negotiating item-- the seller pays for it. We are seeing that all foundation types can have high radon but houses on slabs or with basements tend to be higher. Testing is highly recommended if children, elderly or persons with a history of lung disease will be living in the home.
The test will be performed by an insured and Certified Radon Testing Technician. WE DO NOT PERFORM MITIGATION REPAIRS and our results and recommendations are unbiased. We conduct the radon tests using a RadStar Continuous Monitor device or the Airchek Charcoal tests. The testing equipment is placed in the lowest finished space of the home for 2-4 days and takes readings every hour. One of the advantages of the continuous monitor is that it produces 48-96 readings instead of just one with the charcoal/cartridge tests. The additional information is used to produce graphs that show radon spike and tampering events. Results are back in 2-4 days after home inspection.