Peace of Mind Inspection Services provides many of the Ancillary services related to the acquisition or ongoing maintenance of your home. We are your one stop shop for providing you total Peace of Mind with your home. We provide you with a 3rd party independent report, we have nothing to sell you after the fact.
Ancillary Services We Provide
- Radon Inspection
- Mold Inspection
- WDI/WDO; Termite Inspection
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Inspection
- Water Quality Inspection
- Infrared Imaging Inspection
- Moisture Inspection
- Sewer Line Inspection
- Chimney Inspection
- Septic Tank Inspection
- Well Inspection
Radon is a chemical element with symbol Rn 222 and atomic number 86. Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage. Radon can be found all over Michigan, only way to determine if your home has high levels of Radon is to test. Peace of Mind Inspection Services utilizes an EPA approved method to test for Radon and we are Certified AARST-NRPP to test for Radon.
Mold is Everywhere Mold spores are ubiquitous; Mold spores occur in the indoor and outdoor environments. Moisture, Temperature, Food and Mold Spores are four factors involved in mold growth. The following conditions are necessary for mold growth to thrive on surfaces: • a temperature range between 40° and 100° F; • the presence of mold spores; • a nutrient base (most surfaces contain nutrients); and • moisture. Molds have the potential to cause health problems. Molds produce allergens (substances that can cause allergic reactions) and irritants. Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals. Allergic responses include hay fever-type symptoms, such as sneezing, runny nose, red eyes, and skin rash. Molds can also cause asthma attacks in people with asthma who are allergic to mold. In addition, mold exposure can irritate the eyes, skin, nose, throat, and lungs of both mold-allergic and non-allergic people. Peace of Mind Inspection Services can provide lab Certified results and we are IAC2 Certified to test for Mold.
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WDI/WDO; Termite Inspection
Officially known as a WDO (Wood-Destroying Organism) or WDI (Wood-Destroying Insect) inspection, this inspection looks not just for termites, but also for other insects that can destroy wood, such as carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and several other less-common insects. But in Michigan (and in most of the United States), termites are the most economically significant WDI, which is why the inspection is commonly known as a “termite inspection.”
The purpose of the WDO / WDI inspection is to protect the buyer, their lender, and any guarantor (such as VA, FHA, or HUD) from unknowingly closing a deal on a home that has a termite or other WDI problem. That’s why the buyer, not the seller, gets to choose the inspection company. A termite inspector works for the buyer, not the seller.
A finding that there is a problem at the property doesn’t mean the deal falls through, however. It just means that the problem needs to be corrected, or the sale price adjusted accordingly to reflect the cost of correction. As the buyer, a thorough inspection is always in your best interest. Peace of Mind Inspection Services provides WDI/WDO Inspections and is Certified WDO Inspector.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Inspection
Indoor pollution sources that release gases or particles into the air are the primary cause of indoor air quality problems. Inadequate ventilation can increase indoor pollutant levels by not bringing in enough outdoor air to dilute emissions from indoor sources and by not carrying indoor air pollutants out of the area. High temperature and humidity levels can also increase concentrations of some pollutants. Health effects from indoor air pollutants may be experienced soon after exposure or, possibly, years later. Some health effects may show up shortly after a single exposure or repeated exposures to a pollutant. These include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat, headaches, dizziness, and fatigue.Soon after exposure to some indoor air pollutants, symptoms of some diseases such as asthma may show up, be aggravated or worsened. Other health effects may show up either years after exposure has occurred or only after long or repeated periods of exposure. These effects, which include some respiratory diseases, heart disease and cancer, can be severely debilitating or fatal. It is prudent to try to improve the indoor air quality in your home even if symptoms are not noticeable.
At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we can perform an extensive Indoor Air Quality check that can include testing and or inspecting for the following: Molds, Radon, Combustible Gases, Asbestos, Biological Pollutants, Carbon Monoxide (CO), Formaldehyde/Pressed Wood Products, Lead (Pb), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Pesticides, Indoor Particulate Matter, Secondhand Smoke/ Environmental Tobacco Smoke, Stoves, Heaters, Fireplaces and Chimneys Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Water Quality Inspection
Water Quality is the measurement of the acceptable water we drink in our homes defined by EPA. EPA identifies contaminants to regulate in drinking water to protect public health. The Agency sets regulatory limits for the amounts of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems. These contaminant standards are required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). EPA works with states, tribes, and many other partners to implement these SDWA provisions. At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we will inspect your home to ensure it meets the SDWA requirements for Water Quality of drinking water.Learn More
Infrared Imaging Inspection
As part of your standard Home Inspection we utilize Infrared to verify certain conditions that our observed during the Inspection process. As part of this Ancillary Service we can provide standalone IR Inspection for problem areas or whole house investigations. Infrared cameras are diagnostic tools that have many applications, they can see the infrared energy or temperature of a surface. The technology does present an opportunity for a home owner or home buyer to evaluate a dwelling from the standpoint of thermal bridges (missing or poorly detailed insulation), air leakage (poorly detailed air barrier), and even some moisture issues (rain leaks, plumbing leaks, & condensation in the walls). It is important that you have a professional Thermographer investigate your house as not only are they trained and certified at Infrared but also they must be trained in building science in order to properly interpret the results and potential causes of the images observed. At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we are Infrared Certified and are BPI BA & BE Certified and a HERS Rater.
Probably one of the biggest concerns from any home owner is unwanted moisture in your home. Not only can moisture issues cause extensive structural damage but it can also be the source of environmental issues in your home, ie mold, mildew, musty smells. As part of standard inspection we do inspect for moisture issues in the home, when suspect areas our found we will further investigate using non-contact moisture meters and InfraRed Technology to provide what the eyes cannot see. This Ancillary Service is too provide standalone Moisture Inspection for a particular area of concern you may have or a whole house investigation excluding testing of exterior walls. At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we are a Certified Moisture Intrusion Inspector as well as have as a Certified in Building Sciences by BPI.
Sewer Line Inspection
A sewer camera is a valuable tool to help determine if there’s a problem with your home’s sewer system. Maybe you noticed a nasty sewer gas odor. Or maybe your water isn’t draining as fast as it use to. Or worse, you’ve got an overflowing toilet. A sewer cam inspection can be performed to determine if there are any drainage or stoppage issues and when equipped a sewer cam can be used to trace the sewer line in order to help with further investigation for leak detection. We can identify the type of piping being used and where connections are being made underground. If a problem is found on the homeowner side of the sewer pipe and repairs are required this is typically the responsibility of the homeowner and can cost into the thousands of dollars. At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we can provide a sewer line camera inspection and provide diagnostics as to what is happening with the sewer line. We are Certified Sewer Scope Inspector.
Depending on the type of fireplace you have, masonry or zero clearance, they will require specific chimney inspection to determine proper operation and be able to use safely. According to Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) they have 3 levels of inspections that should be performed depending on the reason for the inspection. During our standard inspection we are meeting the SOP for min level of inspection for chimneys but this Ancillary Service goes beyond the standard inspection to ensure full compliance to CSIA test standards have been met. At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we have the tools (IR, Camera Scope, Drone to visually inspection Chimney structure and proper venting construction) and know-how to properly inspection any type of fireplace/chimney. We are Certified Chimney Inspectors.
Septic Tank Inspection
Depending where you live homes can have either a waste sewer system typically provided by the City or Municipality you live in or the home has a waste sewer via a onsite septic tank. This Ancillary Service is for the inspection of the Septic Tank when applicable. Most all Inspection SOP exclude the inspection of Septic Tanks as it is outside of the scope of Home Inspectors. The Homeowner is responsible for the Septic Tank and the ongoing cost to maintain the Septic Tank. A septic system receives, treats and disposes of unwanted wastewater and solids from a building’s plumbing system. Solids are partially broken down into sludge within a septic tank and are separated from effluent (water) and scum (fat, oil and grease). Effluent regularly exits the tank into a drainfield where it is naturally filtered by bacteria and reentered into the groundwater. Scum and sludge must be pumped periodically and should never enter the drainfield. An improperly operating Septic Tank can cause unsanitary conditions inside the home, backup of toilets, sewage odors. Additionally, a non operating Septic Tank can cause the drain field to become saturated and cause contaminated water to come to the surface in your yard, causing unsanitary conditions and potentially contaminating surface water and your Well if one is located on your property. Replacement of a drain field can be very expensive and cost into the thousands of dollars depending on where located, in some cases, trees will need to be removed adding to the cost, or completely redo the drain field because no room to add additional drain field at a even greater cost. At Peace of Mind Inspection Services we inspect your Septic Tank to ensure proper operation, check sludge levels, proper baffle operation and ensure drain field is not saturated. We are Certified Septic Inspector.
If your family gets drinking water from a private well, do you know if your water is safe to drink? What health risks could you and your family face? Where can you go for help or advice? The EPA regulates public water systems; it does not have the authority to regulate private drinking water wells. Approximately 15% of Americans rely on their own private drinking water supplies, and these supplies are not subject to EPA standards, although some state and local governments do set rules to protect users of these wells. Unlike public drinking water systems serving many people, they do not have experts regularly checking the water’s source and its quality before it is sent to the tap. These households must take special precautions to ensure the protection and maintenance of their drinking water supplies. There are 3 main types of wells, Dug, Driven and Drilled. Each has unique construction characteristics and they each provide different levels of contamination risk. Additionally, Wells need to be verified that they have sufficient capacity to supply your home with your water needs. At Peace of Mind Inspections Services we provide Well identification and complete operational inspection including well site condition, perform a well pump test and most importantly have the water fully tested for use as potable water for your family. We are Certified Well Inspector.