Insulation and Ventilation is inspected
Insulation and ventilation systems are designed to keep your house comfortable and structurally sound. Insufficient insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most home, possibly yours. Insulation saves you money and helps conserve our nation’s limited energy resources.
A home properly and adequately insulated will make that house more energy efficient and comfortable for the household. Properly insulated homes help maintain a uniform temperature withing the house. The walls, ceiling, and floors will stay warmer during the cold winters, and they’ll also be cooler during our hot Phoenix, Arizona summers.
Insulation can also act as a sound dampener or barrier, keeping exterior noise levels to a minimum.
The purpose of your home ventilation system is to control odors, contaminants and indoor levels of moisture.
Important inspection points consist of the insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, the ventilation of attics and foundation area, the mechanical ventilation systems. You inspection report will also include descriptions of the insulation and vapor retarders in unfinished spaces, the lack or absence of insulation within unfinished spaces at conditioned spaces.
Fireplaces are inspected
There are different types of fireplaces, metal inserts, and masonry.
Metal inserts are comprised of a metal firebox which is inserted in the framework of your home. The metal inserts are usually solid burning fuel with gas logs. These components utilize single or double flues designed to extend through to the roof, or the side of your house.
Masonry fireplaces consist of blocks, or brick and mortar. These components utilize metal and clay liners, they are generally designed with chimneys.
Defects, in either case, can lead to damage to your homes structure, toxic gas leaks or poorly ventilated components.
Your home inspection of your fireplace will consist of the system component itself, the ventilation system, flues and chimneys. A description will be given, noting all defects posing potential safety concerns.