FAQs

The use of thermal imaging for inspecting buildings is a powerful tool for improving energy efficiency and finding hidden problems. Thermal Imaging or "thermography" is the science of taking thermal photographs with an infrared camera, allowing us to see wavelengths of energy that the human eye cannot see. Using thermography we can find problems that are otherwise hidden, such as water leaks, condensation, electrical and other structural problems. Thermography is also excellent in locating heat loss and improving weatherization and energy efficiency. Discovery Home Inspection, LLC offers thermography as a supplemental service in home inspections, as well as a stand alone service for residential and commercial buildings. Call us for additional information.
Significant heat loss at the soffit areaThermal Imaging
Uninsulated foundation areaThermal Imaging
Moisture under a floorThermal Imaging

A professional home inspection gives you an independent, unbiased view of any problems and their possible solutions, so that you will have all the facts you need to make a sound, informed decision. Thus, a home cannot fail an inspection.

Depending on the size and condition of the home, a thorough home inspection usually takes between an hour and a half and three hours. Ideally, you will accompany your inspector during the consultation, so that you will have visual reinforcement of your written report.

Every inspection is a complete and thorough analysis of all the major systems and components in the home. The report includes a clear description of what we've found with any problem areas noted, so you can easily identify them. Our inspectors also provide a free telephone consultation after your inspection.

A thorough property inspection that follows ASHI standards will include the following:

  • Roof (shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items)
  • Attics (insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items)
  • Plumbing and Fixtures (visible distribution piping, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, visible vent and sewer piping, and other plumbing system components)
  • Interior (floors and ceilings, walls, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, and other visible interior-related components)
  • Heating and Cooling Systems (visible ductwork, thermostat, basic operation of air conditioning and heat, and other visible related HVAC components)
  • Electrical Systems (service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components)
  • Basements, Crawl Spaces and Foundation (insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns)
  • Exterior (siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components)
  • Environmental Issues
  • Decks and Porches
  • Fireplaces
  • Overall Structure

Yes. After we complete your home inspection, you will receive the report as a PDF file usually within six hours, and guaranteed within 24 hours. Included in the report will be a cover page, a summary letter stating Health/Safety, Repair Items and Maintenance Items, and the full report with digital photos taken during the inspection. You may call us for follow-up questions concerning the report and we would welcome discussing any issues you may have with your home during your ownership.

Please call or email for a sample report to be sent to you.

Yes, we do follow the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

You can download a PDF of their Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics by clicking here.

Hiring Discovery Home Inspection, LLC was the best single decision I made in buying a new home. —Peter M.

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