Diligent Home Inspections Services
General Home Inspection
The General Home Inspection is completed in a way that meets or exceeds the state of Maryland’s home inspector Standards of Practice (SOP) and Code of Ethics. The most popular of our inspection services, this inspection is noninvasive and includes the following areas of the home, as long as they are safely accessible:
- Structural system
- Roof system
- Plumbing system
- Electrical system
- Insulation and ventilation
- Built-In Kitchen Appliances
- Heating system
- Air conditioning system
- Health and safety
Technology I Use
Thermal Imaging - Included with Every Inspection
I employ a thermal imager in an assortment of applications during the inspection; from identifying moisture intrusion into the home from outside sources or from interior plumbing leaks, to inspecting radiant heating systems and evaluating radiator performance, or to check for air leaks and inadequate or missing insulation.
Aerial Drone Photography
An aerial drone can be especially helpful in instances where a roof cannot be accessed safely. The drone captures photographic images for later examination on my computer or for client’s viewing in the report.
A moisture meter measures levels of moisture in certain components of the home, (excluding concrete or masonry) to validate evidence of moisture intrusion into the home from outside sources or from interior plumbing leaks.
Gas Leak Detection
A gas leak in the home can be extremely dangerous, especially when the source is difficult to determine. Using a Combustible Gas Leak Detection instrument and Leak Detection fluid I can identify the presence of a combustible gas and determine both its source and whether it is of sufficient volume to warrant immediate attention by a plumber.
I use Rad Elec electret passive environmental radon/radiation monitors to perform simultaneous, short-term (48 – 96 hours) radon testing as prescribed by EPA protocols. Radon is particularly prevalent in Maryland and testing is the only way to detect it. Testing has been required as part of all residential real estate sales in Montgomery County since October of 2016.
Learn more about radon by reading my articles in the Carroll County Times:
Additional Inspection Services
If repairs or replacements have been made to the home after a General Home Inspection, then a Re-Inspection can be scheduled. During this inspection, the changes in the home are inspected to ensure that they are safety-compliant and complete.
Pre-Listing Inspections are for anyone getting ready to sell a home. Before the home is listed, it will be inspected for any signs of damage or defect that the seller should repair before potential buyers, and their inspectors, get the chance to visit.
Phased New Construction
Many structural and mechanical components of home systems are concealed behind interior finishes once the construction of a home has been completed. In new construction, Pre-Drywall inspections allow visualization of those components as they are being installed. This “phased inspection process” including both a Pre-Drywall inspection before interior finishes have been installed as well as a General Home Inspection once construction has been completed gives clients an overall view of the condition of their new purchase, in detail, from their own personal advocate.
Rental Inspections are provided to help property owners comply with local housing requirements for annual inspections as part of their licensing.
Radon, a toxic gas known to cause lung cancer, is impossible to detect in the home without professional equipment because it is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. I measure levels of radon in the home so you can keep your family safe.
Schedule Inspection Services
Contact Diligent Home Inspections, LLC today to schedule any of our home inspection services in the Maryland area.