Our Inspection Packages
We offer three exclusive Home Inspection Packages that allow you to select the range of services you prefer, so you can have peace of mind about buying the home you love. Your report is printed and delivered at the time of the inspection, so there’s no waiting for results. You’ll also have online access to your report anytime.
A professional home evaluation of all major items inside and outside the home is the core of the Pillar To Post inspection. Our inspectors conduct a visual inspection of accessible systems and components of the home including:
- Structure and Foundation
- Electrical Systems
- Plumbing Systems
- Roofs and Attics
- Basements and Crawl Spaces
- Gutters and Drainage
- Walls, Floors and Ceilings
- Porches and Decks
- Property and Site
We also inspect and operate:
- Furnaces in Heating Season
- Air Conditioning in Cooling Season
- Plumbing Fixtures in Kitchens and Baths
- Water Heaters
- A Representative Sampling of Lights and Receptacles
- A Representative Sampling of Windows and Doors
- Built-in Appliances
All Pillar To Post inspectors are members of regional, state, national and provincial associations across the United States and Canada, and all inspections are conducted within the Standards of Practice of these associations.
Many of our franchisees also offer added services.
Added Services Offered
In indoor environments the presence of molds may cause unhealthy conditions for inhabitants and can lead to the decay and destruction of building materials. There are thousands of types of molds in our natural environment and none will grow without moisture. Molds reproduce by creating microscopic spores that can become airborne and enter our bodies through inhalation or ingestion.
A quality mold inspection will typically begin with a thorough visual inspection of the property. The investigator will be looking for any signs of current or past water intrusion since water or moisture is necessary for mold growth. The inspection will look for moisture around plumbing fixtures, attics, crawl spaces or basements and any other accessible areas. As is sometimes the case with small leaks in plumbing in the wall cavities the moisture may not always be evident. In those circumstances the investigator may use additional tools such as a moisture meter, or infrared camera to detect moisture if there are signs to indicate a hidden problem. Depending on what the investigator discovers they may recommend taking air, bulk or surface samples to test for the presence of mold. It is imperative that the source of any moisture be identified and fixed to prevent future mold growth.
Radon is a radioactive gas that comes from the natural radioactive decay of radium, which is a natural decay product of uranium. Scientifically ‘radon’ is known to be radon-222, the most abundant isotope of the element radon. It is a colorless, odorless and chemically inert gas that cannot be detected by human senses and is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Both new homes and old homes, and those with or without basements, can be susceptible. Radon can also enter the home through water in the soil and from ground water pumped into the house through the plumbing.
Depending on what the investigator discovers he/she may recommend the building owner install a radon-reduction system. These systems are typically not cost prohibitive and are generally a simple and effective method to reduce occupant exposure to radon.
Lead is a naturally occurring soft and heavy metal. Over the years lead has been mined and used in many products that were found in and around our homes and buildings. Exposure to lead should be avoided since it is highly toxic to humans, especially young children. The risk associated with lead comes from occupants inhaling, ingesting or drinking lead contaminated materials. In some circumstances if the lead has not been aerosolized, and is not chipping or flaking, there may be minimal risk to people. It is when lead containing products are disturbed or begin to decay that they typically pose the greatest risk to health.
If the property is built prior to 1978, the likelihood of the presence of lead in the painted surfaces of a home is very high. A lead dust sampling should be conducted to assess the extent of the hazard. A lead dust sampling includes 3 floor samples following the protocol established by the MDE for lead testing for rental housing certification. Depending on what the sampling reveals, further testing may be recommended and/or abatement procedures suggested to remove or seal any lead paint to reduce health risks.
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:
- A functioning well pump and pressure tank.
- If a well is running dry or lacks sufficient recuperation.
- The reserve amount sitting in the well.
- If the buyers would have to stretch the time between running water: Showers, laundry, car washing, dish washer, etc.
We offer both a full, 3-hour Well Yield Test and a shorter, but less accurate, 1-hour Modified Yield Test. Baltimore County requires a 3-hour Well Yield Test.
What a Septic Evaluation is:
What We Do:
- Locate and access the septic tank.
- Determine if tank is composed of concrete, metal or fiberglass.
- Determine if the water level in tank is exactly where it should be.
- Determine if the back baffle is intact.
- Check flow from house to the tank.
- If the septic system has a pump chamber then the pump, floats and alarms will be checked for functionality.
- Probe the outside of the septic tank to check for cracks/voids in the tank.
- Locate and probe the drainfields. This will determine if the drainfields are functioning or failing. If the system is currently functioning, we will try to determine the life expectancy of the tank (e.g. 3-5 years, 10-12 years, etc.).
- Septic pumping is NOT a part of our standard diagnostic. In the case of home inspections, pumping can easily be scheduled concurrently if required by the buyer. However, under normal circumstances, we suggest that the inspection be performed prior to scheduling a pumping. This saves the buyer money by eliminating a surcharge for pumping the tank, and in most cases it will not yield any value to the customer. If high levels of solids are found during the inspection, the report will reflect this. Only in extreme and rare cases will a septic pumping help in the inspection process. In addition, the outside of the septic tank is probed to ensure there are no cracks in the walls of the tank.A tank should never be pumped within a month prior to a septic inspection without notifying the inspector.
- Metal Tanks
- Leaking Concrete Tanks
- Slow Drainage
- Heavy Solids in Tanks
- Faulty Pumps
- Faulty Floats
- Faulty Alarms
- Broken Baffles
- Full or Nearly Full Drainfields and Drywells
- Unleveled Distribution Boxes
- Clogged or Broken Lines
Just about any mineral or impurity can be tested for in the water. 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 can be purchased to correct impurities found in the water. Unconventional loans, such as FHA/VA loans, require additional testing.
The Baltimore County Inspection sheet shows the 7 areas your property must pass. Understanding these requirements in advance will help you avoid the extra time and cost of a re-inspection.
- SMOKE DETECTORS: The presence of a hardwired and battery backed interconnected smoke detector that is operational. (Wireless interconnected smoke detectors that meet these requirements are available at most hardware stores.) Different configurations are required depending on the number of units within the building.
- ELECTRICAL WIRES: Electrical wires may not be visible in living areas.
- WATER: There must be hot and cold running water in both the kitchen and bathroom, with no leaks below the sink area, and the toilet must flush.
- BASEMENT SLEEPING AREAS: If there is a sleeping area in the basement there must be a secondary means of escape as follows at least one basement window with a minimum 5.5 foot opening and a sill height of 44 inches or less from the floor, OR a basement door with a thumb turn dead bolt.
- FURNACE: The furnace must be either operational, or because of outside temperatures it is unable to be tested.
- STAIR RAILINGS: A railing must be present for interior and exterior steps with more than 3 risers.
- OTHER CONCERNS: Finally, the inspection sheet allows our inspector to note any other readily observable problems that, in the inspector’s opinion, represent an immediate threat to the health or safety of an occupant.
Our pool inspection includes testing the equipment to determine that it is functioning properly, looking for any safety hazards, and damage to equipment and features. We also take time to educate you on how to operate the pool.
- Water quality testing should be conducted regularly on a pool to maintain ph and prevent the growth of bacteria.
- Pool start up and closing services available spring of 2018.
- NSPF (National Swimming Pool Foundation) certified inspectors