Home Inspection, Sewer, Radon and Underwater
I offer a range of services as a home inspector. Many inspectors do not provide sewer inspections or radon testing as it is not required under Oregon standards of practice. Currently, I am the only certified home inspector in Oregon to perform underwater inspections. I am fully equipped and trained to provide all of these services independent of a general home inspection. I am solely dedicated to providing inspection and consultation services full-time.
During a general home inspection, we conduct a thorough visual examination to identify any areas that require repair or correction. Our inspections adhere to the standards of practice set by both OCHI (Oregon Certified Home Inspector) and AHSI (American Society of Home Inspectors). For valuable information on the inspection process in Oregon, we recommend reviewing the Oregon SOP, which all home inspectors in the state are required to follow.
Upon completion of your home inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report presented in a narrative style. The report will include color photographs and be delivered via email in .pdf format. If you prefer, printed copies can be provided upon request. The report's length will vary based on the number of issues found during the inspection, with reports ranging from 38 to over 50 pages. The cost of the inspection will start at $450 for general home inspections, but may increase depending on the size, age, and additional features such as detached garages, barns, or ADUs.
Video sewer inspections are done using a video camera on a long cable inserted into the sewer line. Reportable conditions requiring repairs or even replacement of the entire line occur in all ages of homes, even new construction, as shown in the video to the left. The only way to know what a sewer line looks like is to put a camera in it.
The camera used for this inspection is designed for this purpose, and the entire video is recorded digitally and uploaded to the web. Then, I send you a written report and a link to the sewer video. These can then easily be forwarded to anyone needing a copy. To the left are actual video inspections performed by me. The second video was new construction! Sewer inspections are $160.
By now, you probably know that radon is a harmful gas, and you don't want it in your home. There is a lot of information on the EPA's website regarding this topic, which certainly explains more than is needed here, but I'll give you the information in a nutshell. Radon comes from the decomposing granite in the soil and enters through basements and slabs. Because this comes from the earth, the age of the structure has nothing to do with radon concentrations inside the home. The good news is that even though radon is terrible and can kill you, the remediation is relatively simple.In most cases, the radon levels can be lowered to safe or even atmospheric levels. The test is straightforward and is done using a special monitor placed on the home's lowest level and left for 48 hours to sample the air. When the testing is done, a report that looks like the one to the left will be sent to you. Radon Testing is only $165.
Underwater Marine Inspections
Just as the title suggests, these inspections are all performed below the surface of the water. These services include visual inspections of marine structures such as docks/piers, seawalls, floats and supporting structures for floating homes. Because this is such a specialized service, they are not performed during any other inspection due to special equipment and preparation, and in some cases additional help is needed.