Home Building Inspections

Building Inspections

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Attic to Basement

Weird stain? Funky smell? Ice dams? Pipe leak? Wet basement? Leaky windows? Don’t panic – we’ve got this.

There isn’t much we haven’t seen when it comes to moisture, which means we are well-versed in tracking down the source of even the most mystifying symptoms. Whether you’re experiencing attic ventilation or insulation issues, less-than-pleasant smells or had a pipe leak and need to know how far the water traveled, we can help you.

 

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Stucco and Exteriors

Whether your home is clad with stucco, brick, wood, vinyl, fiber cement board or metal, we can identify moisture intrusion that causes structural damage.

If you’re buying or selling a home, or are coming up on your 10-year warranty in Minnesota, an exterior inspection will bring to light “the unknown” and create peace of mind. Our report and analysis details the levels of moisture in the sheathing behind your cladding and the condition of the sheathing, indicating areas where water may have caused damage within the wall cavity.

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Mold and Air Quality

Think you have a mold problem? Then you probably have a water problem.

Fact: Every home has mold. But not every home has a mold problem. Mold needs something to eat – any organic matter in your home – and something to drink in order to thrive. If your humidity levels inside are reasonable and you have no other sources of moisture that can contribute to this process, the mold can’t grow. That’s where we come in. Our goal is to source the moisture that is allowing the mold to flourish, so that your cleanup efforts will be lasting.

Can’t see it but still think it’s there? Have specific allergies and need to know what’s floating around? Air quality sampling and analysis may confirm your suspicions, keying us in to a possible interior source of moisture before we begin our exploration.

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Further Investigation

You know you have an issue, but how far does it extend? Let’s investigate.

Before repairs are made, it is usually necessary to narrow down the causes in order to develop a scope of repairs. Sometimes it is clear what steps need to be taken, and other times a more in-depth examination is needed to clarify findings. We can investigate the area, detail the causes and effects and get you on the road to repairs. Just need a second opinion? Give us a call for an unbiased assessment.

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Certified Dry

As part of your scope of repairs, your contractor suggests installing two layers of grade D paper and foil-backed tape around the fenestrations. If that sounded like Greek to you, you need a neutral third party to make sure the work is done properly and thoroughly. And yes, we’ll put that in writing.

Certified Dry is a remediation oversight program that covers a lot of area, even if the repairs don’t. We identify the causes and develop a scope of repairs, send it out for estimates on your behalf to whomever you deem worthy of the work. Once a contractor is chosen, we’ll work together to ensure they are following best practice in their repairs and remediate far enough beyond the damaged areas. We will inspect through the stages of repair and document how it was executed. To bring things full circle, we recommend testing again one year after completion to confirm that everything was successful. This will not only put your mind at ease now, but also later should you choose to sell your home and need to disclose the moisture problem – that has now been properly corrected.