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Cost to Build a Boat Dock : What You Need to Know

Houses by the water are amazing and the view is beautiful. If you are looking for a home by the water and there is a dock, you are lucky! If not, you may need to build one. What is the cost to build a boat dock? It depends on the material that is used and the difficulty to install. They range from $1000 to $75,000. Maybe the home has a boat dock already? If it does, that is great! However, you do want to have an inspection before purchase. If you find there are a lot of issues, you may need to build one again.

Let’s take a look at why you need to know the cost to build a boat dock, types of boat docks, building your own boat dock, an inspection of the boat dock, what is checked, cost of the inspection, what the environment does to the dock, maintenance, the seller of waterfront property, other areas to check, and when to call a professional.

Why You Need to Know the Cost to Build a Boat Dock

It is important to know the cost of a dock so you can see if it fits in your budget. There are various materials that can be used for docks and also companies in various parts of the U.S. will charge different rates. Also, before starting any project, check with zoning boards to see if the type of dock you want to install is allowed in your area. Take a look below at the various types of docks.

Floating dock
Floating Dock

Types of Boat Docks

There are several types of docks with various materials. Let’s take a look

Floating Docks

A floating dock is decking that is over airtight barrels or drums. They float in the water and best used in lakes or where the water is still and moves up and down. They are not good in places like rivers or the ocean because the water is continuously flowing. It is easier to maintain, costs about $25-35 per square foot.

piling dock

Piling Docks

These are built with wooden pilings and very sturdy. Unlike the floating dock, they stay in one place and held together with wooden beams. They are aesthetically pleasing to look at. Ranging from $20-40 per square foot, they can be even higher with features added on. More difficult to install than a floating dock, but they allow the owner to add electrical components to it for a boat lift or moorings.

Pipe Dock

This resembles the piling docks but uses plastic piping instead. It is best for shallow water and uses a prefabricated pipe. They range from $1000-2000 but that doesn’t include the installation which may add on another $1000. A pipe dock is better for those looking to have a fishing dock or a place to lounge. It is not ideal for a boat.

Crib Docks

This type of dock uses a large container with rocks and then has decking put on top of it. It is good to use in water less than 10 feet. The most expensive type of dock as it is depends on the size, boardwalk, decking, and installation. A wooden underwater frame holds it all together and it looks like a man-made island. In some environments, it can last many years and never need replacing.

Suspension Dock

A suspension dock is like a suspension bridge and hangs over the water. A professional or homeowner will find it to be complicated and take a long time as it needs plans drawn by an engineer. The positives of this dock are it has a low environmental impact and is aesthetically pleasing. The negatives are that they are expensive and difficult to build. They work well in areas with an underwater ecosystem that is fragile and also with lower water levels.

Now you know the type of dock that sounds good to you. However, think about the climate, the depth of water, if flooding is possible, and your budget. These factors may make your decision easier or more difficult.

Building Your Own Boat Dock

If you are thinking about building a dock on your own, here is a guide. However, we do recommend using a professional.

boat dock

Inspection of the Boat Dock

Why and what is a boat dock inspection? A dock is subject to the environment and weather makers and it is hard to tell what is going on with it structurally without an inspection. It is different than a home inspection and requires a different inspector. A dock inspection also involves looking at structural components, utility systems, and appurtenances. An underwater inspection is also needed. A home inspector can do a visual inspection but a more extensive one will need to be done by a marine inspector.

Why do you need the dock inspected? It needs inspecting in order to close out the permit and for safety issues. If you live in a home that already has a dock or looking to buy a home with a dock, an inspection is important.

What is Checked in a Boat Dock Inspection

A major dock inspection should be every five years and a visual inspection every year according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. The areas that are checked as mentioned above are the structural components, utility systems, and appurtenances.

A home inspector will view the dock from the ground, instead of from the water. Here is a list of what the inspector will look for. It is worth your time to go to the inspection so you can find out what needs fixing or what to monitor. If it is found there may be more extensive damage, an inspector will recommend you find a marine inspector to take a look more thoroughly from the water.

Cost of a Boat Dock Inspection

A dock inspection can cost $50 -100 if combined with a home inspection. If it is separate, it can be a few hundred dollars. Later in the blog we talk about how to find a good home inspector and when you are looking for one, ask if they do dock inspections to save you some money.

What the Environment Does to the Boat Dock

The environment and mother nature can wreck havoc on a dock. Here are some examples:

  • Undermining caused by natural erosion
  • Hydrostatic Pressures
  • Poor Drainage
  • Soil pH Balance
  • Wood Boring Insects
  • Wear and Tear Suffered During Hurricane Season
  • Inadequate Original Installation
  • Corrosion from Water and Sand
  • Rot and General Deterioration

Maintenance of the Boat Dock

Yearly Maintenance

Yearly, take a look to see if the dock needs repainting. Doing this can help extend the life of the structure. Also, it helps with rot resistance as rot can wear down a deck or any structure faster.

Wood decking requires more maintenance than aluminum decking. It has oils and tannins to keep the insects and decay from moving in but also needs a good power washing every year. This is especially true if it has a lot of bird poop on it as well. Every three to four years it will be a good idea to stain the wood. In addition to rotting, unfortunately, this type of material can warp, decay, and twist if not taken care of.

Aluminum material seems to do well and requires very little maintenance.

Waterfront home

When You Are the Seller of Waterfront Property With a Dock

If you are the seller of waterfront property with a dock, you can do a pre-listing home inspection. As stated above, the home inspector can do a visual dock inspection, but you can also hire a marine inspector to inspect the dock more thoroughly. This will be a win-win for you as the seller and for the buyer.

What is the benefit of a pre-listing inspection? You find out the areas that need fixing as they will come up in the buyer’s home inspection report and you can decide if you want to fix them or not. Additionally, it often makes the process of selling a home go faster, and there are no negotiations. Lastly, you will also find out what needs fixing or to monitor on the dock from the marine inspector.

How to Choose a Home Inspector

Not sure how to choose a home inspector? Take a look here at what makes a good one!

If the home inspection report shows there are necessary repairs for the home or the dock, you can walk away.

sea wall

Other Areas to Check

If you have a seawall, you will need to check that to make sure it is intact and doesn’t need replacing. Also, many homes on the water also have a swimming pool. If you notice you are losing 1/4 inch of water or more per day, you need to perform the bucket test with the directions here. You may notice soggy grass or pooling water so it is important to check it before summer so you can fix any issues.

The soggy grass or pooling water or even sink holes in the yard can signal a water leak underground. Get this looked at immediately as there can be other issues lurking.

When to Contact a Professional

Contact a professional if you need a dock inspected, notice any issues around the dock, or want to build a dock. An inspector with experience will be beneficial to you.

Conclusion

If you are one of the lucky ones to have a dock with a home, you want to preserve it as long as possible. It is expensive to repair or replace so keeping an eye on it and maintenance is the way to go. We can inspect a dock while doing a home inspection in the Boca Raton and surrounding areas. Think you might need our services? Leave us a reply below!

Roof Cricket and Why You Need to Know What it Is

There is a lot that goes into making a roof and protecting the home that is underneath.  More than the average homeowner knows about.  The chimney is an important part of the home (for those with a fireplace) and it needs protecting.  One way to do this is with a roof cricket.  What is a roof cricket?  It is a sloped backing that is built on to the chimney to allow water to run down the roof.  Without it, water would pool on the roof and wear away the shingles and masonry.

Lets take a look at why you need to know about roof crickets, how they work, is it required, the cost, inspecting the chimney and roof, and other maintenance.

Why You Need to Know About Roof Crickets

As mentioned above, chimneys are a very important part of the roof and they need to be protected, along with the roof itself.  Roofs are expensive to repair and you want it to last as long as possible. Also, you want the water to be pushed off the roof appropriately so it doesn’t get backed up and cause problems inside the home. Roof crickets also have other names: chimney saddles or chimney diverters.

Here is a picture of a roof cricket at the bottom of the chimney:

Roof cricket
Thanks to Arrow Property Inspection for the use of this image

How the Roof Cricket Works

The roofer builds the roof cricket on the back side of the chimney. Then, usually the same materials that are on the roof, for example asphalt shingles is then added to the top. Sometimes metal flashing is added on top or another material, depending on the budget of the homeowner.  The roofer makes the roof cricket at an angle and part of the building and installation process for the chimney flashing system. The roof cricket is at a slope and needs to be high enough that the water doesn’t reach the peak of it.

To do this, the roof cricket must be set at a higher plane than the rest of the roof.

Here is an example of a roof cricket on the back of the chimney and made of the shingle. It blends in with the roof.

Roof cricket
Thanks to Arrow Property Inspection for the use of this image

Is a Roof Cricket Required

A roof cricket is not required on every roof with a chimney. In fact, it depends on building codes. Up.codes for the state of Florida says,

1503.6 Crickets and Saddles

A cricket or saddle shall be installed on the ridge side of any chimney or penetration greater than 30 inches (762 mm) wide as measured perpendicular to the slope. Cricket or saddle coverings shall be sheet metal or of the same material as the roof covering.

Every state may be different so you will need to look up the requirements.

In case you are interested in the process of building a roof cricket, here is a great video:

Cost of a Roof Cricket

This is a time you want to pay a professional to do this as making sure that the roof cricket is built properly is important. Additionally, you usually can’t find these at a local hardware store as a person who is NOT trained should not be putting it in. Instead, paying a roofer to do this is essential. The roofer will construct the roof cricket and make sure that it fits as each home has one that is custom made to fit the back of the chimney.

So how much should it cost? The price can vary but many roofers charge about $100 or more for the roof cricket and then add labor on top of that for the time it takes for installation.  Don’t forget that adding in flashing and shingles will make it cost more as well. Thinking about reflashing the chimney? Sometimes the roof cricket will be part of the price.

In case you want to reflash the chimney, here is some information: Usually you have a choice of aluminum, copper, or steel for the material for the flashing. The most used is aluminum, but the one that lasts the longest is the copper. Check out this blog about the pros and cons for each.

Inspecting the Chimney and Roof

Inspecting the chimney at least once a year is important, as there are often leaks near the chimney unless the materials are all in place and doing their job.  Summer is a great time to do maintenance and you can get the chimney ready for the fall and winter months when you will be using it. However, you want to inspect more than the chimney.  Not sure where to start?  There is a roof inspection checklist you can follow that will help you.

In addition, looking inside the home is important to see if you have any water stained ceilings. If you do, it can be due to water getting into the home from the roof or other issues.  It is important to have a professional check it out to determine the cause.

Here is an example of what happens to a chimney that does not have a roof cricket. The water gets in and rots the wood, thus causing structural damage and water damage to the home.

Missing roof cricket
Thanks to Ocoee Home Inspections for sharing their image

Other Maintenance

After bad storms, take a look at the gutters to make sure they are clean. If they are, the water will flow through the downspouts properly and out into the yard. Check in the yard to make sure it drains well.  If not, you may need to think about installing a drainage system.

Being in Florida, it is always a good time to check the HVAC.  The last thing you want is it to go out during the hottest months. The coastal areas see the HVAC unit lose some years so here are some ideas for what to check.

As summer is upon us, the rains will increase here in Florida and the temperatures will start to soar.  Don’t forget there are summer maintenance ideas inside and outside the home .

When to Call a Professional

Call a professional if you want to have a roof cricket added to your chimney, you have leaks on the roof, or you find any issues in your roof inspection checklist.  Remember, hiring a professional is worth your time and money to have it done right.  Also, it is dangerous for people who are not trained to be on the roof.

Conclusion

As you can see, a roof cricket is important for keeping water out of the chimney, and allowing water to be diverted down the sides of the roof.  Without it, there can be leaks. We will look at the roof and chimney area as part of our inspection in the Boca Raton area. Think you might need our services?  Leave us a reply below!I

The Perfect Roof Inspection Checklist

The roof is an important area of the home that needs to always be in tiptop shape.  It protects us from the outside elements and holds our home together.  Being in the south, we are subject to hurricanes and other strong storms so our roof can take a beating.  

Any homeowner can do a roof inspection carefully and safely from the ground and you just need binoculars.  Doing this once a year will hopefully prevent expensive issues.  Not sure what to look for?  Here is a roof inspection checklist for the areas that you should check for: flashing, shingles, vent pipes, and moss or lichen growing on the roof to name a few.

Let’s take a look at why a roof inspection is important, the various areas of the roof checklist in detail, roof replacement, what if you find issues, roof replacement, some other areas you will want to look at since you are there, and when to contact a professional.

Why a Roof Inspection is Important

Roof maintenance is important to make sure nothing is missing or broken.  We never know if after even a little storm if there will be any issues.  At least once a year (during warmer months is best) using a roof inspection checklist can help you keep problems away if you notice issues early. 

Most people don’t know what to look for so this checklist should help.  Roofs last about 15-20 years, depending on the environment and roof type.

While you are checking out the roof from the ground, there are other areas that you can take a look at for any possible issues.

Roof Inspection From the Ground

As mentioned earlier, you can use binoculars to see what is going on with the roof and stand on the ground to do this.  Some people who feel comfortable will climb the ladder to check the various areas below:

Flashing

This is a material that is installed to direct water away from various areas on the roof.  It usually surrounds chimneys, skylights, and vents.  You will be looking at the caulking on the flashing to see if it is cracking or if there are any rust spots. Flashing should be in place where the vertical side of the house meets the roof. Sometimes, you will not be able to see/inspect the flashing since it should be in place under the shingles.

Shingles

Shingles

Look for any missing, loose, broken, blistered, curled, or split shingles.  Depending on the type of roof you have, there may be various indicators of issues. If you have asphalt shingles, look to see if there are any dark spots.  This will indicate that the granular coating is worn away. Where ridges and hips meet on the roof you may notice shingles missing as well.

Exposed Nails

If you see any nails exposed, there could be leaks in the roof. Exposed nails should be coated with tar to prevent rusting.

Roof Inspection Checklist: Downspouts, Vents, Gutters, Etc.

Roof Inspection Checklist: Downspouts, Vents, Gutters, Etc.

Downspouts

A downspout is a pipe and it is installed on every 20 feet of gutter and carries the rainwater to the ground.  Downspout extensions extend 4 to 6 feet away from the house, but 10 feet when possible.  Make sure that they are firmly in place and the water is going away from the house. Unfortunately, if they don’t extend out far enough, you can have water sitting near the home and possibly leak in.

Vents

Check offset ridge vents, ridge vents, and soffit vents for good air flow and ensure all areas are properly sealed/secured. This is a common area for exposed nails.

Gutters

Check the gutters to make sure they are cleaned out so the water will flow freely.  If not, there will be a back up of water in the home and you will need to check for water leaks in the home.

Vent Pipes

Make sure that the lead flashing boots is still around the vent pipes on the roof and providing a sealant. 

Check that it is not cracked/chipped/chewed by squirrels.

Moss and Lichen

Lichen comes from algae and acts like a sponge, keeping the roof damp.  If you see this on the roof, use vinegar to try to get it off.  The vinegar will kill the organic matter.  The moss develops from the wet roof and leaving this on the roof will cause the granules in the shingles to deteriorate and loosen. As a result, the asphalt and fiberglass will be exposed.  Moss and Lichen can also be a sign that the roof is decaying. 

What If You Find Issues When Doing a Roof Inspection Checklist

There are some things that you may be able to replace on your own, such as shingles. However, it is recommended to pay a professional to do this work.  This way, there is a warranty on the work and it will be done by someone who is trained.  Homeowners don’t need to be climbing on the roof unless they know what they are doing.  Professionals will charge various prices for any shingles, etc. to replace.

If you need to replace shingles, think about Architectural shingles.  They are decorative but also can withstand wind from 110 to 130 miles per hour.  Also, they can last about 30 years. However, being in the south will knock a few years off the expectation. 

Roof Replacement

If your roof needs replacing, the national average for an asphalt roof is $7500.  However, if you plan to sell one day in the next few years, you will get that money back because you will be able to list the house for more because of the new roof.  It adds value to the home and peace of mind to future buyers. Additionally, if you replace your roof, make sure that roof sheathing is added.

How to Fix Any Issues

Call a professional to come out and help if you have any issues.  Something’s are better left to someone with experience and training.  If it seems like an easy DIY and you want to tackle it, you can.

Other areas to check after your roof inspection checklist

Other Areas to Check After Your Roof Inspection Checklist

Chimney

If you have a shake or shingle roof and a chimney, make sure you check the flashing around the chimney and vertical walls. Wood has acid in it and can eat away at the flashing.

Make sure you have a chimney cap on to keep the animals and their nests out. A good time of the year to install this, if you don’t have one already, is in the summer or fall. This is also a good time to inspect it and check if you need additional maintenance .

Negative Grading

Walking around the house, take a look at the land.  Does it slope towards the house?  If yes, this is negative grading– to fix this, add in soil and plants to even out the land.

Eaves on the House

If you have eaves, make sure they are clean and free of holes.  If you see holes, seal them up. 

Stucco

Also, look at the stucco on the home.  Are there any cracks?  Not all cracks in stucco need fixing.  If it is less than 1/8 of an inch, you can fix it with Quikrete.  More than 1/8 in. (credit card can fit in it) and you need a professional . 

HVAC system

HVAC System

Check the HVAC system while you are outside.  These systems usually last about 10-15 years but do lose a few years in the coastal areas.  Also, they do need a tune up probably twice a year to extend their life.

Drafty Doors and Windows

Lastly, check for drafty doors and windows.  While you walk around the outside, take a look at your windows and doors.  Is the weather stripping still good or need replacing?  Can you slide a dollar bill under the door?  If yes, then you have a draft and need to fix it.

When to Call a Professional

Call a professional if you need help checking out the roof, maintenance, or any other issue around the house.  Home inspectors are trained and experienced and can check your roof for you.

Conclusion

Checking the roof is important two times a year if possible.  You want to catch the start of any problems early and fix them.  Using the checklist will help so you know what to look for if you choose to look yourself.  We will take a look at your roof while conducting home inspections in Boca Raton and surrounding areas.

Have a question? Comment below.

Leaking Kitchen Sink Drain: How to Fix It

We use the kitchen sink all the time from putting water in a pot to washing dishes and hands to throwing away food particles. It is always in use. Noticing that the kitchen sink drain is leaking can be frustrating and instantly you are thinking, how much will this cost me.

Do you see water and are wondering why do I see a leaking kitchen sink drain? There are 7 different areas you can check and try before calling a professional. Those are: under the drain for a leak, the faucet, a loose connection under the sink, clogged P-trap, damaged O- ring, washers that are worn out, or a corroded valve seat.

Let’s take a look at why knowing the reason the kitchen sink drain is leaking is important, how to find the reasons why it is leaking, other maintenance, and when to call a professional.

You Need to Know Why Fixing a Leaking Kitchen Sink Drain is Important

As mentioned above, the kitchen is a popular place in the home. The sink in the kitchen is always in use so a homeowner will usually notice if there is an issue such as a leak. You want to get this fixed right away before there is expensive and possibly irreparrable damage. This is one of many reasons why it is important to fix it right away so you can continue to utilize the kitchen and the sink.

Reasons Why You May Have a Leaking Kitchen Sink Drain

Worn out Putty on the Drain

This often is too thin or worn out and needs replacing. If you put the stopper or drain cover in the drain and fill the sink with water, then add a few drops of food coloring. This will allow you to see where the leak could be coming from. Then, take the drain or stopper out and look under the sink with a flashlight to see if there is a leak.

How to fix it: Replace the putty. If you need to replace the sink drain, that will be difficult and you may need a professional to help.

Leak at the Faucet

You may notice puddles around the faucet when the sink is turned on. If you do, this may be where the leak is. If you don’t see water by the faucet, then check underneath the sink.

How to fix it: Usually this means that you have gaskets that are worn out or failed washers. These can be easily replaced.

Loose water supply connection

Loose Water Supply Connection

If it is a constant leak, it could be an issue in the water supply as sometimes it can spring a leak. There are two water supply connections and you may not notice water leaking unless you look under the sink and the cabinet is soaking or there are wet objects.

How to fix it: Replace the gasket or tighten the connections and coupling nuts

The P trap is clogged

The P-Trap is Clogged

The P trap is under the sink and is curved at the bottom. It prevents the gases from coming up and out of the drain. Over time, debris that goes into the sink will fill this up and cause it to leak. Since it is under the sink, it is often difficult to know right away that this has a leak.

How to fix it: Clean out the P-trap or replace it if there is corrosion from metal parts. There is a P trap also in the bathroom sink. If either one becomes dry, then the sewer gases can escape. It is important to keep it unclogged so this doesn’t happen. Did you notice that there is no P trap and it is an S trap instead? If yes, then you need to contact a plumber and switch it out for you!

O-Ring Wears Out

The O-ring holds the stem of the faucet on and can wear out, thus causing leaking to occur near the handle.

How to fix it: Replacing the O-ring should fix the problem.

Worn Out Washer Can Cause a Leaking Kitchen Sink Drain

Most common reason for a sink to leak. The washers push against the valve seat every time the faucet turns on, thus wearing it out quickly.

How to fix it: Replace the washers

Corroding of the Valve Seat

This is the part that connects the spout and faucet and it can corrode because of water at the valve seat and spring a leak.

How to fix it: clean the valve seat regularly.

Interested in fixing the kitchen sink drain on your own? Here is a video on how to do that. If it is too much for you, reach out to a professional

Other Maintenance

Dishwasher Hose

While you are under the sink, make sure your dishwasher drain hose is not too long. If it is, tie it as a high loop. It needs to be higher than the water level of the dishwasher to prevent water from back flowing into the dishwasher.

Garbage Disposal

The garbage disposal can last 10-15 years if you are using it properly and only putting items that are biodegradable in there. Non-food items, nuts, citrus etc. all go in the trashcan and stay out of the garbage disposal. You may find that when you are under the sink there is water coming from the garbage disposal. This would be due to worn out gaskets, loose screws or drain line connections.

Check the Water

It is a good time to check the water to make sure it isn’t cloudy and doesn’t smell. If it is, it could be due to having a well, sediment, or water in the lines. Sometimes even a change in temperature can cause this.

When to Call a Professional

Call a professional if you are not sure why the kitchen sink drain is leaking. It can be a number of reasons and may be difficult to figure out. Also, they are trained to help you in diagnosis and also in replacement, if needed.

Conclusion

The kitchen is a well-used part of the home and you want everything to be working correctly. We will look at the kitchen sink during our home inspections in Boca Raton and surrounding areas. Think you might need our services? Comment below!

Condo Inspection Checklist

Condo life is great for many people who don’t want the maintenance of a yard, but want amenities, and a prime location.  Just like a home inspection is not required, but recommended, so is a condo inspection.  What areas are on a condo inspection checklist? Ceilings, floors, windows, walls, electrical system, HVAC, plumbing, kitchens and bathrooms, exterior and common areas.

Let’s take a look at why this is important, choosing an inspector, choices of inspections, explanation of the areas, other areas to check, and other things to think about.

Why This is Important

Buying a condo is probably the most expensive purchase you will ever make.  Even though it is not required to have an inspection, it is always a good idea.  You don’t know what is going on inside the walls or other areas or what the previous homeowner may have done. Condo inspections are basically like full home inspections. However, sometimes exterior items are not inspected since they are covered by the condo association or access is limited. Having an idea what is on a condo inspection checklist will give you knowledge of what the inspector will look for.

Choosing a home inspector to inspect the condo.

Choosing a Home Inspector to Inspect the Condo

There are many home inspectors out there so how do you choose one?  Google reviews, and making sure they have ASHI or InterNACHI certifications. A fewer amount of condos are sold than homes, so more inspectors have more experience with home inspections.  It is even more important that the inspector you choose also knows how to do condo inspections.

Here in Florida, condos are typically near the beach and usually older. This means there are frequent updates made with electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC, and other items. Florida beach condos can have difficulty with mold growth due to the high humid environment. Hiring an inspector that completes mold testing might be a good idea.

Choices of Inspections: Interior Only vs. Full Inspection

Interior only covers ceilings, floors, windows, walls, electrical systems, HVAC, plumbing, kitchens, and bathrooms.  This choice of inspection should be for those properties that are in high-rise buildings as the full inspection areas will be difficult to get to.  An explaination of those areas are below.

Walls and Floors

Interior Areas Explained on the Condo Inspection Checklist

Walls and Floors

Cracks in the walls, or warping in the walls or floors.  These can signal that there may be water damage.

Smoke Alarms

Inspectors will check these to make sure they are working properly.  Replacing the batteries every year and all at one time is a good idea. Every 10 years smoke detectors should be replaced.

Unpleasant Smells

Sewer smells could be a variety of things such as the P trap in the sink, the toilet, shower drain, or Jacuzzi tub to name a few. If there is a smell like something died, like an animal, the inspector will check to see if it is just old food in the garbage disposal or issues with the appliance.

However, if it is not the garbage disposal, the inspector will look to see if there are remnants anywhere of a dead animal.  In addition, there may need to be a pest inspection to find out where the smell is coming from if it is not found.

Water pressure

Water Pressure

The inspector will check to make sure the water pressure is where it should be.  If it is low, it could be a number of things: low water in the area, or an issue with the water meter. It also could be clogged or broken pipes that may need further inspection.

Appliance Issues

An inspector will make sure the appliances are all working.  One of those is the dishwasher as well as the furnace and water heater.  There may be an issue with the water heater reset button and the inspector will check the life of the water heater in case a new one is needed. If it is a Bradford water heater, it can be a little more difficult to figure out the age. The inspector may also check if the anode rod is bad if he/she is near the water heater and there is a rusty smell or rotten egg smell.

Corroded or broken pipes – if your condo is near the beach, the salt air can shorten the lifespan of pipes by 20 years!

Ceiling and floor issues
Ceiling with a wet stain indicates there may be a water leak

Ceiling and Floor Issues

Is the ceiling wet or has a stain on it? There could be issues with a water leak.  Maybe the ceiling is falling apart and needs replacing.  A home inspector might see the ceiling hanging down, or missing part of it.  This will go into the report for repairing. 

Also, if the home is older, there could be suspicion of asbestos in the ceiling tiles if the home hasn’t been checked and samples will need to be tested.

Caulking issues

These are usually in the bathroom and kitchen areas. Inspectors will check around the sinks and in the bathtub for caulking gaps or issues and also evidence of mold.  In the kitchen, the inspector will look around the sink, and make sure the caulking around cabinets is still good.

Door and Window Issues

The inspector will look at the windows and doors to make sure there is no mold growing and they open and close properly.  The last thing you want is a window that doesn’t close properly so it leaks when it rains and causes a safety issue. Lastly, it could be the window sash that needs replacing. Just like the windows, the doors will be tested that they open and close properly. Door alignment and weatherstripping is also important for safety and keeping the outside air out of the home.

Electrical systems

Electrical systems

The electrical systems part of the inspection includes checking the HVAC unit.  These units usually last about 10-15 years and the inspector can make sure it is working properly. Also, the electric panel will be checked as this is essential for the home.  However, there are a few brands and models that home insurance companies will not insure and these are Challenger GFCI , FPE panels, and GTE Sylvania Zinsco.

If the condo has these, the inspector will let you know. This is something that the seller will need to replace as you won’t be able to get home owners insurance.  If the seller won’t replace them, it may need to be in the negotiations or think about walking away.  Also, the circuit breakers will be check and if any of these are not working, it will be noted.

Attic Inspection

If there is an attic, the inspection will also check this area.  The inspector will be looking for any structural issues, mold, or insulation issues. If you have recessed lighting, make sure there are no hazards such as air leaking and there is enough insulation. Additionally, checking the the attic hatch will be important as it needs to have weather stripping to create a seal. Lastly, the structure of the attic will be looked at and a check for any pests will be made.

Full Inspection

This inspection covers all of the interior areas as listed above and also any attics or crawl spaces that are attached to your unit, as well as basements, garages, common areas, and roof.  Even though these areas may not be something you have or think is important, the problem is many of them are in the special assessments that you may have to pay for.  A full inspection is recommended if you don’t live in a high rise as it will check out everything and you will know what the property value is.

Roof

Other Areas To Check

Shared walls between units– this is to make sure there is no damage inside or other issues going on.

Roof – to make sure the shingles are still intact and none are missing. 

Siding – checked for damage or missing siding.

Water infiltration into the house, poor repairs from previous issues, and handrails and staircases to make sure they are safe. Also, that parking lots and walkways are taken care of, patios and shared decks are not damaged, and flooring is not damaged in common walkways/hallways and the lobby.

Radon testing – it is important radon testing has been done as it is odorless and colorless and can cause harm for you and your family.

After the Inspection

You may be wondering what the mandatory fixes are in an inspection.  Unfortunately, there are no requirements but anything that deals with safety and the health of the new owners should be fixed by the seller. The same issues can be good reasons to walk away after the inspection too.

Other Things to Think About That Are Not on the Condo Inspection Checklist

  1. Check the neighborhood and building at various times of the day to hear the noise level and also see if there are traffic issues.  This may be helpful so you know if this is the unit or complex for you.

2. Review documents from condo meetings- these meetings will discuss issues in the condo development as well as exterior problems, maintenance issues, etc.

3. Reserves- find out if the condo HOA has reserves of money and ask for a recent reserve study.  The HOA should have at least 70% of these funds for the condo community.  If they do, they are in good shape.

4. Research online reviews and ask residents about living there too.

 Conclusion

An inspection of such a large purchase is always recommended.  Finding someone qualified who knows about condo inspections is equally as important. We have experience in condo inspections. If you are thinking about buying a condo and needs our services, comment below or get a quote!

How to Choose a Home Inspector

When buying or selling a home, a home inspection is recommended.  As a consumer, you are not sure what to look for in this large investment.  However, a home inspector does.  But with any profession, there are good ones and bad ones.  How do you choose a home inspector?  Google or ask for recommendations, look up reviews, look for one that is bonded, certified, and insured, find out if they are ASHI or InterNachi certified, what is the size of the staff, ask for a sample of a home inspection report to see how thorough the person is, make sure that you are allowed to be at the inspection (if you ordered it.) Let’s take a look at why this is important and the areas above.

Why This is Important

Even though a home inspection is not required, it is highly recommended as this is the largest purchase you are probably making in your life.  You want to hire a home inspection company that knows what they are doing and will take care in inspecting the structural, mechanical, and safety aspects of a home for you.  There are so many companies to choose from and you want to hire the best one for you.   

Where to Start When You Choose a Home Inspector

Google or Ask for Recommendations

Sometimes we don’t know where to start to find someone for a service.  One way is to start on Google and put in, “home inspectors near me.” Then, you will have a list.  People often will also ask friends for recommendations on social media from the list that appears.

Most of the time, a referral from your Realtor will be a good place to start. They should give you 3 different home inspection companies to research/choose from.

Look Up Reviews to Choose a Home Inspector
Reviews are important for choosing a home inspector

Look Up Reviews to Choose a Home Inspector

Take a look at online reviews of the company.  Using sites like Yelp, and Google My Business, Next Door Neighbor, and other sites can help you find reviews.  Many will also register with the BBB – Better Business Bureau and you can find any complaints against them there as well.

Bonded, Certified, and Insured Are Important When You Choose a Home Inspector

You don’t want a fly-by-night company to do the home inspection. Instead, you want an inspector that is bonded, certified, and insured.  This means they have gone through the appropriate measures to protect themselves and you.  If you find one that is not insured, move on to the next one.  This is because they do need to crawl into attics and small spaces.  What if they get injured?  They can sue you if they are not insured.  There are plenty out there to choose from so go to the next in line.

Certification is important.  If they are not certified, then how do they know what to look for?

Choose an ASHI or InterNachi Certified Home Inspector

Reputable home inspectors are members of one of these organizations.  ASHI is American Society of Home Inspectors and requires a home inspector to pass a rigorous exam as well as 250 inspections.  Now, someone who works at the company may not have that certification yet but should have someone accompany them to the inspection that does.

If the home inspection company is certified by InterNachi, which is International Association of Certified Home Inspectors instead, that is fine too.  This is another excellent organization that requires 24 hours of continuing education per year as well as numerous courses and exams.  You can search the database on each website to find out if specific inspection companies are certified by either organization.  

When you are narrowing down your list, these are some things to do or make sure are okay:

Request a sample inspection report

Request a Sample Inspection Report

The reason you want to request a sample inspection report is you want to know how detailed the inspector is.  A detailed report means that the inspector takes time to look at all of the required areas. Do they use photographs so they can let the buyer (if a home inspection) or the seller (if a pre-listing inspection) know what the trouble areas are?  That is always a good sign so they know what the problem is. Make sure you will have a written detailed report as well within a few days of the inspection. Here is a sample of a home inspection report that we have done.

Can You Attend the Home Inspection

So you like the sample inspection report, now find out if you can be at the inspection.  If it is the buyer who ordered it, then the buyer should be able to attend.  Also, the owner should leave the home for a bit while the buyer is with the inspector.  If it is the home owner who ordered it, he/she should be able to attend.  If a company does not allow the person who ordered it to attend the inspection, this is a red flag and move on to another company. (Keep in mind social distancing during these current conditions).

Home Inspector Should Be Familiar With Your Type of House

Home Inspector Should Be Familiar With Your Type of House

You want an inspector who is familiar with the type of house you are buying or selling.  If you are buying a historic home, you want someone who has experience with this type of home.  This is because the materials used on the house are not going to be the same as what is used on a modern house.  Someone who doesn’t have experience in this area won’t know what to look for.

If it is a new construction home, choose a company that has experience with the materials used and the building codes in that area.

Find Out the Cost and Length of Home Inspection

Depending where you live, home inspections will vary in price.  They usually range from $350-800.  What does the price include? Finding out this information is important and compare it with each company. How long will the inspection be?  Most take about 2 ½ hours but can be longer depending on the size of the home.

The Home Inspection Company Should Be Able to Perform Other Inspections (Add-ons)

If you have a home that needs a septic inspection, then you need an inspection company that can do that as an add-on.  Do you think there might be mold? Then a company that performs mold inspections needs to be the one that comes to the home.  If you hire a company that doesn’t do anything that you may possibly need, then you are paying for nothing.

Have Questions About Choosing a Home Inspector?

You may have questions, so here is a great blog to read and a video below.  These may answer more of your questions.

Conclusion

Choosing a good home inspection company is important.  There are so many but finding one that is certified, has good reviews and ratings, takes the time to listen, makes a great written report, knows about the type of home, and lets you be there for the inspection is important.  Need a home inspection company or have questions?  Leave us a reply below so we can help!

Radon in Florida

Many people think that radon is only in the northern states that have rocky terrain, and along mountain lines in the north and east.  Others think that only homes that have basements have radon.  However, that is not true.  Radon comes from the breakdown of Uranium in the soil and is an odorless gas that cannot be seen or smelled.  In Florida, we have radon as well.  Even though this chart looks like there isn’t much in Florida, there really is and testing needs to be done.  In fact, 1 in 5 residences in Florida has high levels of radon.

Let’s take a look at why this is important, how the radon gets in, symptoms associated with radon, radon in Florida, the problems with radon, and how to fix it.

Why This is Important

This is important because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., following smoking.  Unfortunately, it is not talked about often so people don’t know to protect themselves.  Did you know that one in five homes tested in Florida have elevated levels of radon that are above 4 pCi/L? 

This is not just in homes but also in buildings, high-rise condominiums, and manufactured homes.  The average level is 1.3 pCi/L and anything between 1 and 3 is considered low. Even though the northern rocky states tend to have radon in the basement, here in Florida, it is often found in high rise apartment buildings. This is because we don’t have basements in our state.

On the map, you can see that there are high levels in Western, Central, and Southeastern Florida.  This map shows the different zones.  Regardless of the zone, testing for radon is recommended for all homes.

How Radon in Florida Gets into Homes, Buildings, and Condos

How Radon in Florida Gets into Homes, Buildings, and Condos

Radium is naturally occurring and found in most soils and radon comes from the radioactive breakdown of the radium. Then, if there are small openings in the buildings at the foundation, the gas enters and becomes trapped inside.  Thus creating higher levels of radon than what is outside. It can also come from aggregate that was contaminated when your home was built. Negative air pressure forces the gas into the home, becomes trapped, and again builds up. Another place it can be found is in the well water. When the well water comes out in the home via the shower etc., it can make the radon levels higher in the home.

Some people think that if you open the windows, the radon will escape.  Unfortunately, that is not true as the gas stays in the home and professional mitigation is required.

Symptoms Associated with Radon

There are some symptoms associated with radon in the home such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, tightening of the chest, hoarseness, trouble swallowing, and weight loss.  These are all good reasons to test for radon and find out if it is the culprit in your home or if it is another issue.  Unfortunately, radon also leads to lung cancer so testing for it is very important.

Why test for radon in Florida
Radon Detector

Why Test for Radon in Florida

It doesn’t matter where you live in the U.S., your home could have high levels of radon and need mitigation to lower them. Hiring a certified testing company to perform the test is essential.

Cost of the Radon Test

Depending on what is involved and the area of the country you live in, the test by a professional range from $200 to $450 and more. Contact the professional to get an estimate so you are prepared for the amount.

Length of Radon Tests

Radon tests can range from a few days to 90 days depending on the test and company.  Contact a company close to you and get an estimate of the length of time so you can plan for it.

Selling, buying, or building a home.

Selling, Buying, or Building a Home

The EPA recommends that if you are selling a home to have a radon test done before it goes on the market.  This can be a key selling point.  If you find out the levels are high, you can have it fixed and then put it on the market.

If you are buying a home, ask about radon testing on the home (page 9 of the guide) so you know what the levels are.  Perhaps you are building a home? Then find out if adding radon-resistant techniques is possible.  They will also help your home to be more energy-efficient. 

Radon Resistant Features

Adding these features to homes in the building process can make it more radon resistant.

1. Gas permeable layers can be applied between the slab and the flooring to allow the gas to move freely.

2. Plastic sheeting- goes on top of the gas permeable layer and under the slab and helps prevent the gas from the soil from going into the home.

3. Sealing and Caulking- this is on all areas that are open on the foundation and walls to reduce the gas from the soil finding its way into the home.

4. Vent pipe- this is a 3 to 4 inch PVC pipe installed on the gas permeable layer and goes through the house and out of the roof, allowing the gases to safely vent outdoors.

5. Vent fan- The purpose of the vent fan is to get the air out of the home.

What to Do If the Levels Are High

If the levels are high, don’t fret.  A professional can mitigate your home.

What does this mean?  Well, they can lower the levels by doing a few things.  Depending on the type of home you have; basement, slab on grade, or crawlspace foundation homes, will determine how the radon is fixed.  They can also seal, pressurize the room or home, and use a heat recovery ventilator (HRV). 

When to Call a Professional About Radon in Florida

Call a professional if you are concerned about the levels of radon in your home. Also, if you need testing on a home, or building or just have questions.

Conclusion

Radon is in every state in the U.S. The good news is mitigation can be done when high levels are found in a home or building.  The goal of testing is to help residents, homeowners, and those who use that space to hopefully avoid lung cancer. The testing can also help find the high levels early and start mitigation. Professionals can administer Radon and sometimes take only a few days to get the results back. Do you have questions or need a radon test done? Contact us or leave your question below and we can help!  

Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection

It is an exciting time when you are putting your house up for sale.  Maybe you have a new job offer in another city or downsizing because the kids are grown and moved out. Perhaps you are moving up from a starter home to a bigger home with your growing family. Whatever the case may be, it can also be a stressful time.  One way to get rid of some of the stress is to have a Pre-Listing Inspection.  You know that most people have a home inspection, but did you know that there are benefits for the seller having a Pre-Listing inspection? 

What are the benefits of a Pre-Listing inspection?  Knowledge of the condition of the home before the home hits the market, Pre-Listing inspection homes sell faster, a realtor can justify the seller’s asking price, and there is less room for negotiations.

Let’s take a look at why this is important, what is a Pre-Listing inspection vs. a buyer’s inspection, what is checked, the benefits of a Pre-Listing inspection, as well as the cons of a Pre-Listing inspection and other information.

Why This is Important

Not every seller orders a Pre-Listing inspection, because it does cost money.  Some sellers feel they would rather take their chances.  However, if you sense that something may come up in a home inspection, you may want to order the Pre-Listing inspection. This will allow you to decide if you want to take care of it or have it in the write up for the home.  Sometimes a buyer may be fine with the issue, may want to negotiate, or may decide to walk away.  

Pre-Listing Inspection vs. Buyer’s Inspection

A Pre-Listing inspection is paid for by the seller and done before the home hits the housing market.  While a buyer’s inspection is after an offer is made on a home, the buyer pays for it and finds out if there are any issues that need fixing.

What is Checked in a Pre-listing Inspection

A Pre-Listing inspection checks the major systems, mechanicals, windows, and doors. It also looks for signs of water damage, mold, and cracks in the home and foundation.

Benefits of a Pre-Listing Inspection

Knowledge of the Condition of the Home Before it Hits the Market

When a house goes up for sale and an offer is made, most buyers will pay for a home inspection.  They want to make sure they are getting a good home as it is a large investment.  But did you know that as the seller, you don’t get to see the home inspection report? Having a Pre-Listing inspection lets you know the condition of the home. This also alleviates negotiations when you already know what is wrong in the home.

Choose What to Repair and Your Repair Person

It makes sense to have the Pre-Listing inspection so you as the seller know about the condition of your home. It also allows you to choose what you want to repair and who to use as a repair person if you decide to have it fixed. If you choose not to have it fixed, then you have time to disclose the information in the addendum. This allows potential buyers to be aware.

Pre-Listing Inspection Homes Sell Faster

Homes that have a Pre-Listing inspection tend to sell faster.  This is because many buyers see it as you have done a lot of the work for them already and they are aware of any issues. In a competitive buyers market, this works well as the buyer sees that there is a better chance of the deal going through.  This will be good for the buyer as they will know what is going on in the home and there won’t be any surprises.  This also helps transactions go smoother.  Those who need faster closings may see this as an advantage as well.

Benefit of a Pre-Listing Inspection: The Realtor Can Justify a Sellers Price

A Pre-Listing Inspection can help a realtor justify a seller’s price.  In addition, buyers also will like when a seller discloses any issues so they can be factored into offers. The Pre-Listing inspection also may help in the sale of the home. All the issues, if there are any, are presented so the seller can sell the house for what it is worth.

Less room for negotiations is a benefit of a pre-listing inspection.

Less Room for Negotiations is a Benefit of a Pre-Listing Inspection

A seller will find it less stressful when they have a Pre-Listing inspection as there will be less room for negotiations from the buyer. This is because there is no guessing as to the condition of the home as it is right there in the paperwork.

Cons for Having a Pre-Listing Inspection

1. Seller Pays for Pre-Listing Inspection and Additional Inspections May Be Needed

Unfortunately, the seller pays for the Pre-Listing inspection.  As mentioned above, it ranges in price from $350-$1000 and is an expense while you are trying to sell the home.  In addition, sometimes you may need to have additional inspections such as:

Testing for Radon

Radon is an odorless and colorless gas that exists in the air we breathe in.  Outside is not where it hurts us but inside a home or building.  Radon is a radioactive gas that results from the natural decay of uranium and comes up from the soil and rocks in the ground.  Some homes only need a radon test for 2 days, while some require it for 90 days.  You will need to find out if you need a radon test for your home so you can plan accordingly.

Well test

Well Test

If your property is one of over 13,000,000 that has a well on it, you will need a well inspection. Hopefully, you would know by now if the water wasn’t clean, but just to be sure, a well inspection (costs about $150 or more) should be done.

Mold Test

If there is reason to believe you may have mold in the home, ordering a mold test is a good idea. A sample test is done and sent to a lab and the mold results are known about three days later.

Lead Paint

If your home was built before 1978, there is a good chance it may have lead paint.  There is an easy test you can do to see if there is lead paint:

Some States Require Full Disclosure

Depending on your state, there may be laws about full disclosure.  This means that if you know of an issue or an issue comes up on the Pre-Listing inspection report, you may be required to disclose it to potential buyers.  However, if there is no law, you will want to consider disclosing the information as it is the right thing to do.  Check out this site and look up your state for laws relating to disclosure.

You May Have Two Home Inspections

If you have a Pre-Listing inspection, you need to be at the home for the inspection.  Again, if there is a home inspection paid for by the buyer, there will be a second inspection.  However, you may really like the home inspector who does the Pre-Listing inspection and have someone to refer the buyer to who knows the home.

Other Information

Cost of a Pre-Listing Inspection

A Pre-Listing inspection costs about the same that a buyer pays for a home inspection. The range is about $350-$1000 and the price varies due to location, square footage, age, and other factors.

Conclusion

A Pre-Listing inspection is a great idea for peace of mind for you and the future buyer.  It can help a sale go through quicker as any issues have been found before the closing date.  Even though not all sellers decide to do this, it is a great idea and something to think about. Have questions about a Pre-Listing inspection or need to hire a professional to conduct one for you?  Leave us a reply below so we can help!

Why You Need a Sewer Scope Inspection

When we walk into the yard of a home, we have no idea what is happening underground. A sewer scope inspection is a great way to see if there are any issues. These inspections run about $150-275. Using a specialized camera, a professional can tell you if there are any issues, and hopefully tell you early before it is too expensive.  Let’s take a look at why this is important, what it is, signs it is necessary, risks of not doing one, and cast iron drain lawsuits.

Why this is important

Sewer lines are underground and not anything we can see without a specialized camera.  It is one of the most costly repairs on a home, ranging from $250-300 per foot of repaired line.  That is a lot! Unfortunately, the sewer line is something that is in use every day in the home and it is important to keep it functioning properly.

What is a Sewer Scope Inspection

A sewer scope inspection involves a home inspector taking a specialized camera and running it through the sewer to look at the sewer line.  The sewer line connects the house and foundation to the city sewer line or HOA tap.  The images that the camera pulls up, show on a monitor.  This will show the inspector what the line looks like, as well as if there are any cracks, broken line, or obstructions. How long does this take?  About an hour, so not too long.

Here Are a Few Signs You Need a Sewer Scope Inspection:

1. You see lush patches or extra green grass

Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean someone painted your grass for you, but could perhaps be a sewer leak contributing to it.  Sewer water that leaks out fertilizes the grass and causes this to happen.  It makes it an easy sign to look for when you are walking around the yard of the home you are thinking about purchasing. 

2. Large trees in the yard

Depending on where you are looking for a home, you could be blessed with large trees in the yard.  However, these can be a curse instead of a blessing and more of a reason to have a sewer scope inspection done.  Unfortunately, these tall trees have roots that can grow into the sewer line or wrap around it and break it.  A sewer scope can pick this up to see if it is indeed going on.

3. Home is more than 25 years old

It is nice when you can find a home that is this old, as they have character and look great.  However, be careful about pipes that were made of clay in homes built before and in 1984.  The clay pipes are easily crushed and need to be examined to make sure they are not cracked or broken.  If your home does not have the clay pipes, maybe it has copper?  Look at the home inspection report to see what type of material your pipes are made of.  Even if they are copper pipes, they don’t last forever and inspection and/ or replacing are needed.

4. Water backing up in the home

When this happens, it could be a clog in the drain or it could be an issue with the sewer. You might think that the city should be responsible for the sewer line, but they aren’t – except for the main sewer line.  This starts past your property boundariesUnfortunately, the homeowner is responsible for the lower and upper lateral lines, which are the other parts of the sewer line on the owner’s property.  Call a professional to do a proper diagnosis.

5. Shifting or movement of the ground

This is also another sign that there is a problem with the sewer. Unfortunately, moving soil or ground can also open up a sinkhole.  If you see this, you will want to have a professional come out right away.

The inspector will look for the following in a sewer scope inspection:

  1. The type of material that makes up the pipes.
  2. Any cracks or damage to the lines
  3. Tree roots growing through the lines
  4. Damage or issues to the septic (if there is one on the property)

Once the sewer scope inspection is done, the professional makes a report for you about the findings.  If you are buying a home, this report will be made to the seller’s realtor.  If issues are found, you will need to discuss them with the realtor.

Here is an example of one our Sewer Scope Inspections

Risks of Not Doing a Sewer Scope Inspection

You risk having issues in the home that could be costly later.  Also, you risk buying a home that may have high repair costs just waiting for you.  It is better to have the inspection done than to regret not doing it later.

Cast iron drain lawsuits
Cast iron drains

Cast Iron Drain Lawsuits

These drains were used in homes built before 1975 and in optimal weather climates, last about 50-75 years. However, many of these drains are failing and causing damage, especially in the southern states.  The insurance companies say it is “wear and tear” so they don’t give the homeowner much for the repair and won’t insure or replace them.  Morgan and Morgan have been helping homeowners with getting what they deserve in lawsuits as the insurance companies are not insuring what is under the slab and what is not visible.

What if Cast Iron Drains Are Not Replaced?

  1. Damage to the home and yard with puddles and leaking sewage
  2. Clogging of sinks and toilets
  3. Health and safety risks with animals in the lines and contaminated water in the home
Order a sewer scope inspection even when buying a new home
Sewer scope camera and inspection

Order a Sewer Scope Inspection Even When Buying a New home

It is a good idea to think about a sewer scope inspection when you are purchasing a new home.  You may be thinking that sounds unnecessary- new home, clean line.  However, new homes are built very quickly and often have drain line issues.  You have no idea sometimes what ends up in the drain lines, or what someone puts in the drain lines until you have a clog in the pipes in your home.

It is not part of a home inspection but you can often add it on and bundle for a better price.  It never hurts to ask the home inspection company as they will be the ones doing the home inspection and sewer scope inspection.

Conclusion

A sewer scope gives you peace of mind and also allows you to know what is going on in the home.  The camera is amazing and as mentioned above, will show you everything going on in the sewer system. Most people would say that they would rather have the knowledge early on about potential issues and fix them than let it go on too long and be higher repairs later.  If you have questions about sewer scope inspections or the sewer lines, leave us a reply below so we can help, or learn more about our sewer scope inspections.