Inspecting Homes the S.A.F.E Way

STRUCTURE home inspection is a non-invasive, visual examination of the accessible areas of a residential property (as delineated below), which is designed to identify defects within specific systems and components that are both observed and deemed material by The Happy Property Inspector. The scope of the structure inspection will include:
AIR  inspection needs to be tested for RADON in all houses says The Happy Property Inspector, regardless of what radon zone the house is located in. The radon test is generally a separate service and usually needs to  be requested when you hire a Grumpy Inspector. The Happy Property Inspector does not believe in charging extra to know if your air in your new home you will breathe is safe to actually to breathe. If the radon test is 4 pCi/L or greater, the EPA recommends the potential buyer negotiate with the seller to have a radon mitigation system installed with the stated goal of bringing the radon level in the home below 4 pCi/L.
FIRE inspection is inspecting the home for proper placement and functionality of all smoke detectors.  Smoke detectors are fundamental fire protection equipment, and they’ve saved innumerable lives by providing early warning of fires. National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research reveals that 40% of home fire deaths happened where no smoke alarms were present, and 17% occurred when the smoke alarms were not functional. You’re probably familiar with some best practices in residential smoke detector maintenance, like replacing detectors every 10 years and checking the battery every month by pressing the “test” button. The Happy Property Inspector have additional requirements. And remember, the test button only checks whether the detector has power. According to the same NFPA report, only half of smoke alarm failures were the result of dead or missing batteries or a lack of hard-wired power. About one-fifth (21%) of all alarms did not activate because of unclassified reasons, a lack of cleaning, or a defective unit. Battery and other power-source tests are not enough to guarantee safety. The only way to test a smoke detector is Smoke in a can. This simulated smoke is the perfect solution.

EARTH WATER test is a private water supply or household well.  If the house water does not come from a public water system, then the house is getting it’s drinking water from a household well.  How  are you assured that it is safe. For this reason, The Happy Property Inspector includes testing for a few of the most common contaminants.  After the inspection regular testing can be valuable because it establishes a record of water quality. This record is helpful in solving any future problems and in obtaining compensation if someone damages your water supply. Test the water once each year for total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and pH levels.