Or, consider upgrading your septic evaluation to a Camera Septic Inspection, the most comprehensive septic inspection available. We use a high-tech, industrial-grade SeeSnake fiber-optic camera with 200 feet of fiber optic cable to detect problems like root infiltration and dips or breaks in your lines.
Most counties require you to have this type of inspection before they issue permits for building additional structures like decks, pools, home additions, etc. on your property.
Our inspectors are trained by the Pennsylvania Septage Management Association (PSMA). A PSMA hydraulic load test may be necessary under certain circumstances. There is no additional charge for a hydraulic load test in conjunction with a 3-hour well yield test.
We perform a standard septic evaluation as outlined above, with the addition of using a fiber-optic camera to view and record the front and back plumbing lines to learn about potential clogging points. The inspection includes excavating the back end of the tank by hand and exposing the distribution box when accessible, provided these are within 3ft of grade and do not have obstructions above their access lids.
This process usually takes 2-3 hours, and we provide the video and a written report that includes a detailed map and dimensions of your system within 24 hours.
Water can be tested for just about any mineral or impurity. However, the most common sample group is called the Potability Water Sample, also sometimes referred to as "Chemical and Bacteria Testing." Should there be a problem, water conditioning units are available for any impurity found in the water. Most lenders require a potability water sample. Tests for:
Required by most VA/FHA/ USDA underwriters. Caused by corrosion of household plumbing systems or hardware and erosion of natural deposits. Can lead to slowed mental development and kidney problems. Lead Instructions will need to be followed.
If the house is vacant, we suggest running the cold water from the kitchen faucet for one hour the day before the sampling. If the home is occupied, this is not necessary. However, the homeowners should put a towel over their kitchen sink the evening prior to sampling and should not run any water from the kitchen sink until the sampling is taken. We must be the first to run water from the kitchen sink on the day of our sampling.
Possible staining on plumbing fixtures and laundry — required by most VA/FHA underwriters.
Picks up alpha emissions from Radium and other radionuclides, such as Uranium. Can cause an increased risk of cancer.
Increased risk of cancer. Recommended if Gross Alpha results are 5-15 pCi.
Resulting from pipes and industrial waste. When consumed can lead to possible kidney damage.
Chlorides are commonly found at properties near tidal water and roadways that are treated with road salt in the winter.
Presents issues with the "feel" of the water.
Testing for gas and chemical leaks, which can increase the risk of cancer. VOCs is a test that covers the entire spectrum above and beyond MTBE which is mainly used for finding gasoline.
The EPA does not currently have a pass/fail level, but under 4,000 pCi/l is the most common acceptable level.
Recommend testing for lead too. Corrosion of household plumbing systems; erosion of natural deposits.
Sources are run-off from fertilizer use, leaking septic tanks, sewage, and erosion of natural deposits.
Typically from soil run-off.
This more accurate, 3-hour test provides sufficient time to run through the reserve of the well to measure the actual amount of water falling into it from the ground.
This is a shorter, less accurate stress test. It gives the home buyer a high-level view of the overall performance of the well and pumping system, but may not represent the true statistics of the well.
A Well Yield Test is a timed-test to determine how many gallons per minute a well system can produce. A Well Yield Test will show:
City Slicker Package
Camera Sewer Line Inspections are available for properties on public utilities. We view and record the sewer lines from an access cap typically located in the basement of the home. If there is no access cap, we can remove a toilet for $125. You can plan for our visit to last 1-2 hours, and we will provide a video via Dropbox within 1-2 business days.
Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless and therefore cannot be detected by our senses. Radon is a health threat because the gas can accumulate in homes and cause lung cancer. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking.
The EPA has a set 4.0 pCi/L as the Action Level to correct your home. Because there are no safe levels of radon, it is recommended that a home be corrected for levels between 2.0 – 4.0 pCi/L. It should be noted that radon can occur anywhere and even a home located in a low-risk area can accumulate gas above the EPA Action Level.
For customers who want to confirm a known problem, or do testing before a more detailed inspection. Does not include any determination of source or recommendations on remediation. Includes up to:
For customers who suspect a problem in a particular area of a building and are interested in confirming, identifying the source, and getting advice on how to correct their mold problem. The area must be on the same level and no more than 750 square feet. Includes a detailed inspection report with a full assessment and remediation recommendations. Includes a total of up to 3 air samples and 1 surface sample:
For customers who have a general concern regarding mold or suspect problems in multiple areas and want their entire home assessed in order to confirm, identify the source, and get advice on how to correct their mold problem. This is a full assessment of a building up to 3,000 square feet. Additional charges may be assessed if the area to be inspected is in excess of 3,000 square feet. Includes a detailed inspection report with an assessment of each room, source of any problems found, and remediation recommendations. Includes a total of up to 4 air samples and 1 surface sample:
We conduct a non-intrusive inspection. This means we will not damage any property, including removing drywall, carpet, etc. Our inspectors will use a hygrometer and infrared camera, moisture meters, and other tools in an attempt to assess non-visible areas. It is the responsibility of the customer to ensure all areas to be inspected are accessible. Our inspectors may not remove storage items, furniture, appliances, etc. in order to access an area. In addition, they will not enter enclosed, unsafe areas of the home. This may include crawlspaces, attics, etc.