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Home Inspections

Our home inspections ensure any area of concern is identified and noted to have the proper repairs performed. It is important to check and verify the life safety and health concerns in your residence or building. Many accidents and catastrophes can be avoided by being aware of and repairing any problem areas. Our inspections include a comprehensive check of the entire property. Environmental Services puts the safety of our residential and commercial clients first.

Some of the areas we check include:

  • Electrical System
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Plumbing
  • Built-In Appliances
  • Doors and their Hardware
  • Drywall, Paint and Flooring
  • Roofing
  • Siding (Stucco, etc.)
  • Windows
  • Garage Doors
  • Driveways and Walkways
  • Landscapes
  • Drainage
  • Etc.


Building Inspections

It is important to check and verify the life safety and health concerns in your place of business. Many workplace accidents can be avoided by being aware of problem areas and making the necessary repairs or changes. When we do a commercial inspection we do a comprehensive check of the entire property and explain to you all areas of concern. Some of the areas we check include:

  • Electrical System
  • Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Plumbing
  • Built-In Appliances
  • Doors and their Hardware
  • Drywall, Paint and Flooring
  • Roofing
  • Siding (Stucco etc.)
  • Windows
  • Driveways and Walkways
  • Landscapes
  • Drainage
  • Parking Areas
  • Etc.


Commercial Inspections

Making the right commercial property investment or management decision often requires knowledge about the physical condition of the property. Whether you are a building owner, property manager, leasing agent, lender or tenant, you can rely on ESI to provide the property condition information you need for optimal decision making. ESI is a well-respected resource for commercial inspections on a variety of properties, including:

  • Apartment buildings
  • Office buildings
  • Strip shopping centers
  • Light industrial buildings
  • Rental properties
  • And more

ASTM E 2018 Standards
ESI’s commercial inspections are designed to be in general accordance with ASTM E 2018 professional standards. The ASTM E 2018 Standard was designed by an international non-profit testing and assessment organization to provide basic property information for commercial structures.

Timing is essential in commercial transactions. ESI inspectors understand the importance of timely scheduling, efficient turnaround, and effective communication with property owners, brokers and managers. They will work with you to schedule an inspection promptly to meet your deadlines.

ESI inspectors understand that investment groups purchase several properties at once. With an extensive network of inspectors in the Western United States, ESI can coordinate the inspection process to suit your needs.

Significant findings
The duration of the inspection will depend largely on the scope of inspection and the condition of the property. Upon completion, your ESI inspector will report all significant findings to you in a professional report regarding the:

  • Roof
  • Foundation
  • Windows
  • Heating/cooling system
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Drive/parking areas
  • Lot and grounds
  • Water damage, mold issues, etc

Keep in mind that few properties are in perfect condition. Like used cars, older properties require maintenance and repair over time. An inspection can clue you in to areas of concern, improve your negotiating position and provide you with an assessment of the current condition of the property for future reference.


Investigation Services

Our investigative services include leak investigation, condition assessment and due diligence. They are provided by skilled and certified professionals and include:

Leak Investigation – Our team excels in identifying leak sources and determining causes of leaks. We assist in developing strategies for temporary leak repairs as well as long-term remedial measures. We use cutting-edge equipment, perform a variety of ASTM standard tests, and have developed proprietary procedures and analyses for locating leak sources.

Condition Assessment - We perform thorough onsite investigations and surveys by reviewing all available construction documents, maintenance records, and other pertinent information. Our ASTM testing methods include destructive, non-destructive, and water-spray, which conform to ASTM. Deliverables include a report with all findings, engineering cost projections, and a life-cycle cost analysis with a budget for repairs or replacements.

  • Exterior Components
    • Roof
      • Type of roofing material
      • Approximate age, design life and the number of layers of roofing material if applicable
      • Note leaks, missing material, cupping, curling or lifting shingles and safety concerns with tree branches.
      • Roof drainage system from the roof to the ground. This includes, gutters, soffits, downspouts, etc.
    • Windows
      • A representative number of windows.
      • Overall condition, ease of operation and broken panes.
      • Siding condition.
      • Exterior wall covering, flashing and trim.
      • General condition, calling out areas in need of repair.
      • Exterior wall coverings.
    • Grading
      • Grading, surface drainage, vegetation and retaining walls when any of these are likely to adversely affect the main structure.
    • Driveways and walkways
      • Walkways, patios and driveway entrances leading to entrances to the main structure.
      • Attached decks, balconies, porches, patios and their associated railings.
      • Attached stoops, steps and their associated railings.

  • Interior Components
    • Doors
      • A representative number of interior doors.
    • Fireplaces
      • Components of the fireplace.
      • Vent system, flues and chimneys.
      • Fireplaces and solid fuel-burning appliances.
      • Chimney.
    • Ceilings and walls
      • Ceilings, walls and floors.
    • Built-in appliances
      • Built-in appliances such as the dishwasher or trash compactor.

  • Structural Components
    • Foundation
      • Probe for possible deterioration, check condition and safety.
      • Foundation materials where they can be seen.
    • Framing
      • Wall and ceiling structure where it can be seen.
      • Probe for possible deterioration, obvious failures, general condition and safety.
    • Floor/Slab
      • Wall and ceiling structure where it can be seen.
      • Probe for possible deterioration, obvious failures, general condition and safety.
    • Attic
      • Insulation and vapor retarders and note the presence or absence of each.
      • Ventilation system and components for safety and condition.
      • Outside of the chimney if visible.
      • Interior roof structure and openings into the roof looking for evidence of leakage, general condition and safety.

  • Plumbing
    • Plumbing fixtures
      • Faucets, checking for leaks and overall condition.
      • Interior water supply and distribution system where it is visible.
      • Drain and waste systems.
      • Vent systems, flues and chimneys
      • Water supply, drain, waste and vent piping materials.
    • Hot/cold water supply
      • Test volume of water when multiple faucets are used simultaneously.
      • Test water temperature and temperature fluctuations when multiple faucets are open.
      • Location of the main water shut-off valves.
    • Hot water heater
      • Water heating equipment for leaks and overall condition.
      • Equipment, including the energy source.

  • Electrical Systems
    • Electrical services entrance
      • Service drop, service entrance, conductors, cables and raceways.
      • Amperage and voltage rating of the service.
    • Electrical service panel
      • Service equipment and main disconnects, the main grounding, the interior components of service panels and sub-panels and the conductors.
      • Location of main disconnects and sub-panels.
      • Wiring methods.
    • Electrical circuits
      • Conductors and over-current protection devices.
      • A representative number of installed lighting fixtures, switches and receptacles.
      • Ground fault circuit interrupters.
      • Report the presence of solid conductor aluminum branch circuit wiring.
      • Report the absence of smoke detectors.

  • Heating and Air Conditioning
    • Heating and ventilation
      • Heating equipment.
      • Readily accessible components of the the vent system, flues and chimneys
      • Describe the energy source and the heating method using distinguishing characteristics.
    • Air conditioning
      • Central and through-wall cooling equipment.
      • Describe the energy source and cooling method by its distinguishing characteristics.

This overview of services on a general home inspection is based on industry standards. Because of state-to-state differences in regulations, variations may occur. In all cases, hundreds of components in a home are inspected. The goal is always to give you an accurate report on the condition of the property on the day of the inspection, outlining safety issues and possible maintenance items. This translates to peace of mind during a stressful time. The inspector discloses how the various components of the home were inspected and if any items were unable to be inspected because of safety issues, weather or inaccessibility. A pre-inspection agreement outlining the scope of the inspection is also provided to customers.

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