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Frequently asked Questions about Home Inspections.
When purchasing a property in Minnesota, you have heard about the importance of getting a home inspection. If you’re new to Minnesota, or a first time homebuyer. More then likely you will have questions. Integrity Inspections is here to help! We can answer all of your home-inspection questions.
What’s included in a home inspection?
We will go over the entire property and than we will explain to you the condition of the home. You will be informed about the structure and all of its systems. This comes with all our residential property inspections. After a home inspector from Integrity Inspections will meet you at the property and do a walkthrough of the home and answer any questions you may have. Integrity Inspections offers additional testing services: Radon, Mold and Sewer line testing.
Do you need to attend the inspection?
You are not required to be present for the inspection. We do recommend that our clients are present at the inspection for the walkthrough, this benefits both of us. This allows us to show you the condition of the property in person and answer any questions you may have.
When and how will I Receive my inspection report?
After the inspection and walkthrough is complete, you will receive an Email with a detailed report within 24 hours. This will include, photos, videos and our explanation of the property. You can also use your inspection report as a guide for your home in the future.
Understanding how your home works is very important. We help you with that.
Another great benefit to having a home inspection! During your home inspection we show you how to use your home, we also show you what to do Incase of an emergency.
Smell gas? No problem, we will show you how to shut off the gas to your home so you can be safe until a professional can come to help.
Have a water leak? No problem, we will show you how to shut off the water as well.
There is also a list of all of your appliances and brands. Their ages and filter sizes. These things will also be listed in your report. You can always go back to it for a reference as well. Think of it as a users guide to your home. If you ever need service, this is very helpful. We at Integrity will always be available for your questions in the future. Never hesitate to call and we will do our best to help, or point you in the right direction.
These are just some of the services we include in your home inspection. For more information on what is included in your inspection you can visit our home inspections page.
Reasons to have a sewer video inspection
How sewer line video works
Video inspection involves inserting a tiny camera into your sewer line or drain. The camera is on the end of a long cable, just like the snake, so we’re able to run it down the line to find the problem.
We use video inspection equipment capable of searching up to 400 feet of line, working inside diameters as large as 10 inches and as small as 2 inches. The camera has a transmitter that sends a signal to a locator used above ground. This allows us to determine where the line is going as well as to pinpoint the exact location and depth of a problem area.
Digital record of inspection
When we use video inspection on a sewer line, we record what we see and can produce a digital USB copy of the procedure. This allows you to see the problem for yourself, and it allows us to provide an accurate, free estimate for your repair. In addition to keeping a digital USB copy of the inspection, you will also receive a report detailing potential problems, their severity and exact location.
Excavation and repair
Because we offer a full-service sewer and drain cleaning specialist, we can do all the necessary excavation and repairs to get your sewer or drains up and running. We may suggest a discounted preventive maintenance program to keep the line running. If the problem is more serious, we can excavate and repair or replace the line for you.
If you see black stuff covering or growing on the roof sheathing in your attic, it’s probably mold. It’s never fun to find out that your house has mold, but the fix for mold in the attic is usually quite straightforward, and doesn’t involve the services of any ‘mold remediation experts’.
What causes mold in an attic?
When mold grows in an attic, it’s caused by a moisture problem. Period. Some moisture sources are obvious and have a huge impact – bathroom exhaust fans, kitchen exhaust fans, clothes dryers… they all pump moisture out of the house, and they should never be vented in to the attic. Everyone knows that, right?
So what needs to be done about the existing mold?
It depends on who you ask. If you talk to someone who has a financial interest in cleaning up the mold, they’ll tell you it needs remediation. If you ask someone who could get sued for not recommending professional remediation, odds are they’ll tell you to have professional remediation. Other people might argue that once the air leaks between the house and attic have been sealed off, it won’t matter what’s in the attic. As long as the roof sheathing isn’t rotted, I tend to agree.