Residential or Commercial Inspection Services
Make sure your residential property is well-protected. Five Star Building Inspections, LLC will evaluate your home to find out what may need attention, repairs, general maintenance, and point out safety issues. Whether you are listing your home or moving into a new place, we walk you through every room to give you an understanding of the major and minor components that make up a house.
Different Types of Inspections available to assist with your needs:
This inspection allows the current buyer or agent understand each of the major components of a house with a detailed report. This report will inform the buyer of the remaining useful life of all the mechanical systems, roof, & appliances. The report will also illustrate safety issues or systems that are in need of repair or replacement. A pre-purchase inspection is a great tool that will give buyers an overview of their potential home.
Based on the inspection before listing your property, we highlight repairs/maintenance items that will make your propeerty more attractive to potential buyers. This inspection will eliminate surprises from a buyer pre purchase inspection. Real estate agents have counted on us to help them protect their property listings for both buyers and sellers. From top to bottom, everything gets checked during our inspection.
Whether you are a buyer, agent, or builder, you can get an unbiased view of a newly constructed property. Builders use our services when the job site manager needs a different perspective. Buyers and agents get a new construction inspection to ensure every area in the property is functioning properly, built correctly, ensure property is safe for you and your family. This inspection will also allow the builder to ensure every aspect of the property was built with quality craftsmanship and materials.
Warranty or Safety Recall Inspections
Confirm that every system, from plumbing, HVAC, electrical to the foundation up to the roof line are still the same as the day you moved in. A warranty or safety recall inspection could be the last chance to get items repaired while still under coverage or safety campaign. If you are uncertain about the mechanical or structural components of your property, Let Five Star Building Inspections,LLC give you the peace of mind and reassurance.
Radon is a cancer-causing,radioactive gas.
You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is estimated to cause many thousands of deaths each year. That’s because when you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. In fact, the Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.
Radon can be found all over the U.S.
Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. Radon can be found all over the U.S. It can get into any type of building—homes, offices, and schools—and result in a high indoor radon level. But you and your family are most likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.
You should test for radon.
Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.
EPA also recommends testing in schools. Testing is inexpensive and easy—it should only take a few minutes of your time. Millions of Americans have already tested their homes for radon.
You can fix a radon problem.
Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels.
For more information visit EPA website www.epa.gov/radon
Termite / (WDI) Wood Destroying Insects Inspection
The presence of WDI in a structure can present a significant hazard due to structural damage if infestations are undetected and/or left untreated. Such damage could result in the devaluation of a property/structure or substantial costs for repairs. The professional WDI inspector has an important role in performing a visual inspection of open and accessible areas and accurately reporting their findings as part of the purchase and transfer of real estate.
Septic System Inspection or Well Water Testing
Septic systems and Wells are major, big-ticket items. Replacement or repair of a Well or Septic system can be costly. During an Well water inspection, the inspector can take test samples of well water and send to lab for analysis. Test the water pressure and assure pump is in working order.
During Septic system inspections-attempt to locate tank and check baffles-perform water flow test with dye to detect potential leakage or run off.
Deck & Patio Inspection
The evaluation/ inspection of decks and patios require special knowledge, expertise and experience because of the possibility of the gradual deterioration of structural materials from water, climate factors, and corrosion of structural fasteners and connectors. In addition to structural materials, numerous deck elements such as guardrails, handrails, lighting, stairs, and landings may not meet current safety building standards as they are updated on a recurring basis, typically three years. A professional inspector should thoroughly examine your deck for occupant safety to ensure the deck is safe for future use. For more information visit NADRA website: www.nadra.org
Mold Testing & Air Quality Testing
The consumer have become more informed about the ways that high levels of mold in the air they breathe can degrade the indoor air quality (IAQ) of a building and create a myriad of potential health concerns.
A number of government agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have published information about mold to further educate the public. The EPA has even published Ten Things You Should Know about Mold.
Their list includes the following information:
1. Potential health effects and symptoms associated with mold exposures include allergic reactions, asthma and other respiratory complaints.
2. There is no practical way to eliminate all mold and mold spores in the indoor environment; the way to control indoor mold growth is to control moisture.
3. If mold is a problem in your home or school, you must clean up the mold and eliminate sources of moisture.
4. Fix the source of the water problem or leak to prevent mold growth.
5. Reduce indoor humidity to decrease mold growth by:
1. Venting bathrooms, dryers and other moisture-generating sources to the outside
2. Using air conditioners and de-humidifiers
3. Increasing ventilation
4. Using exhaust fans whenever cooking, dishwashing and cleaning
6. Clean and dry any damp or wet building materials and furnishings within 24-48 hours to prevent mold growth.
7. Clean mold off hard surfaces with water and detergent, and dry completely. Absorbent materials, such as ceiling tiles that are moldy,
may need to be replaced.
8. Prevent condensation: Reduce the potential for condensation on cold surfaces (i.e., windows, piping, exterior walls, roof or floors)
by adding insulation.
9. In areas where there is a perpetual moisture problem, do not install carpeting (i.e., by drinking fountains, by sinks or on concrete floors with leaks or frequent condensation).
10. Molds can be found almost anywhere; they can grow on virtually any substance, providing moisture is present. There are molds that can grow on wood, paper, carpet and foods.
“While these exposure risks can be quite evident in some circumstances, other times the visible signs of mold may be hidden and not so obvious. In either circumstance, air, surface and bulk testing can provide evidence of what mold is present and in what concentrations. This information can be critical for identifying a problem along with the extent of the mold contamination throughout a property. Testing after mold remediation activities have taken place is also vital for ensuring that a property has been properly remediated.”
To learn more about mold testing or other environmental, property damage, occupational or health and safety services,
please visit www.EMSL.com or www.epa.gov .